20th Century Fox have just released a trailer for The Predator, an upcoming sci-fi horror and the fourth instalment to the Predator film series. Directed by Shane Black, the film stars Jacob Tremblay as a kid who accidentally brings the universe’s deadliest hunters back to Earth when he discovers a piece of their technology.
Like its sister-franchise Alien, the Predator series has had fewer ups and more downs over recent years; each addition has struggled to perform anywhere near as well as John McTiernan’s Predator (1987). The exciting thing about this project, however, is that Black also starred as supporting character Rick Hawkins in the 1987 hit, and it is hoped that his familiarity with the series will yield positive results.
That being said, the trailer doesn’t do the best job of selling a film that, we’re sure, has some incredibly outlandish action scenes. There’s also the fact that, at the moment, it still feels really odd to see the Predator alien(s) operating in normal day-to-day settings.
First look at the new Predator, courtesy of Empire
The thing that made the original movie so good was that the alien operated by stealth, viewing its would-be trophies through infrared and silently stalking them in the hot and humid Central American rainforest. During the opening chapters we only ever hear noises it makes and see the results of its brutal attacks. The build-up to the alien’s big reveal and Arnie’s epic final showdown in the final third is implemented wonderfully. Based on this (admittedly very short) teaser, it feels like The Predator is going to have more in common with Predator 2 and its forgettable successors.
We could be wrong and we hope that we are; for many born in the 80s Predator is right up there with the Xenomorph in terms of extra-terrestrial horror and it would be great to see a new lease of life introduced to the franchise.
The Predator is set to be released on September 14, 2018 and also stars Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane, Augusto Aguilera, Jake Busey, and Yvonne Strahovski.