Crazy Larry’s Den of Alien Antiquities
Predators is the ideal set up for a sequel to the 1987 original. It includes a cast of eclectic mercenaries being pursued by the titular create. Only this time, there are three of them, and it’s on their home turf.
Yes, Predators takes us back to lush jungles, which, honestly, are a much more interesting backdrop for the hunt than either LA or a small town.
Yet, the setting is not the only good idea this movie brings to the table. You’ve got a Predator blood feud; the conceit that all the nefarious characters dropped into this scenario are on a game preserve; and the loony survivor who’s stuck on the planet.
Where Predators is lacking is in its execution. It’s not a bad film, by any means; it’s just one that could’ve benefitted from a little more style to its rule of cool.
Hence why the reviews were just lukewarm—65% on Rotten Tomatoes with 205 of them; and audiences didn’t flock to cinemas for it. It grossed $52 million domestically ($127 worldwide) on a budget of $40 million.
Those numbers are quite possibly a reflection of the godawful Alien vs Predator movies that came before it, too.
Anyway, sit back, booby trap a Cosmic Crown Belgian-Style Golden Ale from Cigar City Brewing, and stay away from the Danny Trap-jo! I, the Thunderous Wizard (@WriterTLK), Capt. Cash, Chumpzilla, and a special guest are hanging with Larry Fishburne and his imaginary best friend.
This Week’s Segments:
- Introduction/Plot Breakdown – The most dangerous killers on the planet… but this is not our planet. (00:00)
- Lingering Questions – After a word from our brothers in beer at Hop Nation USA, we discuss which fictional character we’d like the Predator to scrap with. (49:57)
- The “Predators” Trivia Challenge – The Double Turn Podcast hides underneath some foliage to win the Predator Royal Rumble, and then Capt. Cash challenges the field to trivia about the movie. (1:13:00)
- Recommendations – We offer our picks for the week and next up: We conclude “Hops and Hunting Ground Flops” with the franchise’s triumphant return Prey. (1:22:10)