Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 138 — Predator (1987)Released in 1987, Predator introduced horror fans to a brand new alien threat. No E.T. friendly, extraterrestrial love here, folks. This alien is out to hunt and kill its prey: humans. A gigantic hit when released due to its star-studded macho cast, the film registered with audiences and solidified Schwarzenegger’s rising star power status. Alongside Schwarzenegger, the film cast Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, and Shane Black as a group of mercenaries on a mission in Central America when they encounter a creature bigger and more powerful than they are. The Predator is played by Kevin Peter Hall who also played Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons and the alien in Without Warning. Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten revisit Predator in time for the upcoming blockbuster film The Predator (2018) directed by Shane Black, who is featured in the 1987 original. The Grue-Crew find the film holding up remarkably well due to Schwarzenegger (and his co-stars) and the fantastic creature design by Stan Winston. Winston, interestingly, came into the feature late after the first designs didn’t live up — those designs were to be worn by Jean-Claude Van Damme who quit the film after only two days. “Get to the chopper!”
A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.