Like this page? Click here:
Previous Title - Predator Return to Full Title List Next Title - Predator 2

The Predator [2018] (2 discs)

Director:Shane Black
Writer:Fred Dekker
Shane Black
Composer:Henry Jackman
Length:107 minutes
(1 hour 47 minutes)
MPAA Rating:R
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
Sorting Tub:Alpha
IMDB Rating:5.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:33%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
User rating sites like above
are subject to change
Google Videos
  • Action
  • Sci-Fi
  • Drama
  • Suspense / Horror
  • CG
Available Formats:
HD DVDBlu-ray
3D Blu-rayDigital
Check for a possible RiffTrax
Click here to see list

Synopsis: When a young boy accidentally triggers the universe's most lethal hunters' return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled scientist can prevent the end of the human race.

Reaction: Enjoyable, overall, but the ending is a bit ridiculous. More than some other comparable franchises this one is built around cool imagery and stuff, but there are real issues with the hero predator's plan and "gift".

Personal Rating: 7/10

Shane Black => Director / Writer
Fred Dekker => Writer
Henry Jackman => Composer
Alfie Allen => Lynch
Augusto Aguilera => Nettles
Boyd Holbrook => Quinn McKenna
Brian A. Prince => Predator (as Brian Prince)
Dean Redman => Sergeant Gomez (uncredited)
Françoise Yip => Tracking Supervisor (as Francoise Yip)
Fraser Aitcheson => Bus MP #2
Gabriel LaBelle => EJ (as Gabe LaBelle)
Garry Chalk => Postal Worker
Jacob Tremblay => Rory McKenna
Jake Busey => Keyes
Keegan-Michael Key => Coyle
Lochlyn Munro => Lt. General
Mike Dopud => Dupree
Niall Matter => Sapir
Nikolas Dukic => Derek
Olivia Munn => Casey Brackett
Patrick Sabongui => Barn Merc #1
Peter Shinkoda => Dr. Yamada
Rhys Williams => F-22 Pilot #1
RJ Fetherstonhaugh => Agent Church
Sterling K. Brown => Traeger
Thomas Jane => Baxley
Trevante Rhodes => Nebraska Williams
Yvonne Strahovski => Emily

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Spoilers
  • The Predator shown in the teaser poster is actually the Crucified Predator from Predators (2010), identifiable by the damage to its Bio-Mask.
  • Olivia Munn is the first lead actress in the Predator series who is not of Latin American descent. Predator (1987) featured Elpidia Carrillo, Predator 2 (1990) included Maria Conchita Alonso and Predators (2010) included Alice Braga. Munn is of Asian-American descent.
  • Thomas Jane, Olivia Munn and Boyd Holbrook all starred in a non-MCU Marvel movie. Jane was in The Punisher (2004), Munn was in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), and Holbrook was in Logan (2017).
  • Directed and written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, the movie has attracted some derision especially in the UK for being "a Black & Dekker film" - which sounds like Black & Decker, the manufacturer of DIY power tools and accessories.
  • Françoise Yip, who portrays the Tracking Supervisor in this film previously played Ms. Yutani in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
  • Edward James Olmos' scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
  • Garry Chalk, who plays a postal worker in the film, is known as the voice of Transformer's Optimus Primal and occasionally Optimus Prime. Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, provided the Predator's voice in the original Predator (1987).
  • When first seeing the Predator strapped to a table, Olivia Munn's character calls the creature "a beautiful motherf^@&er". This is a nod to the original Predator (1987) where Arnold Schwarzenegger calls the creature "one ugly motherf^@&er". This term has been used as a running gag throughout the sequels.
  • The line that discusses the validity of the name 'The Predator' when referring to the creature was taken from a conversation that Olivia Munn had with her sister who had studied science prior to filming.
  • Shane Black was cast in the original film, with the intention that he would re-write the script during production. However, he chose not to do so and the script was not rewritten.
  • Benicio Del Toro was originally supposed to star in the lead role but he was replaced by Boyd Holbrook due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Shane Black revealed that the rough cut was so dark, it was nicknamed the Night Cut and led to reshooting the third act.
  • Adrien Brody expressed interest in reprising his role from Predators (2010).
  • When Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) first enters the lab and is examining the recovered Predator items, one of the shelves in the background contains the Xenomorph Tail Spear from AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
  • After the success of Iron Man 3 (2013), Shane Black was approached by 20th Century Fox with an Iron Man 3 (2013)-sized budget to direct a new "Predator" movie, and he could not resist.
  • Shane Black wrote Thomas Jane's character Baxley with Tourette's symptoms because Black has Tourette's.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger turned down the opportunity to return as Dutch.
  • The film was originally conceived as a reboot of Predator (1987), until Shane Black came aboard and confirmed he would be making a sequel instead, as he wanted to continue to explore the "Predator" mythology.
  • The film was directed and co-written by Shane Black, as a sequel to Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010). Shane Black had played Hawkins in the original film.
  • Although no mention is made in the movie, the character Keyes played by Jake Busey is the son of Peter Keyes, the government official from Predator 2 (1990) who died during the hunt for the Predator. Peter Keyes was played by Gary Busey, who is Jake's father in real life as well.
  • After the Loonies are escaping from the bus, they see some motorcycles parked nearby. Williams yells "get to the choppers!", a throwback to a line from Predator (1987) made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger's character Dutch.
  • In the Halloween scene when Rory first wears the bio-mask the original predator suit that Jean-Claude Van Damme wore for the 1st Predator film is seen. That suit was eventually abandoned when John McTiernan and [?] Stan Winston decided to redesign the creature.