The other Predator movies aren’t seen in the same light but that’s not to say there isn’t something to enjoy.
I could literally do the 10 best moments from the first Predator alone but instead I thought I’d do my favourite moments from the entire Predator series, including AVP.
Sword fight with a Monster: Predators (2010)
I know a lot of people hated this scene but I thought it was cool; it played on the fact that the Predator is a creature with honour. He only uses his blades to have a fight with a Yakuza criminal called Hanzo who decides to make a last stand, rather than to keep running.
The Predator vs. The Alien Queen: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
This is pretty much the only scene I remember from the two Alien vs. Predator movies and it’s pretty damn awesome. To see these two legendary movie creatures battle it out is indeed the stuff of my childhood dreams (aside from hot chicks) and is easily the most satisfying moment of the film. The Alien Queen is a ferocious creature and our fearless hunter has his work cut out for him. He ends up getting killed but before he passes, he gives his new human friend a mark of respect. The lucky girl…
Sorry about the crappy quality; can’t find an HD video.
Slaughterhouse Assault: Predator 2 (1990)
Any movie with Gary Busey in it is an instant classic in my book and this scene from Predator 2 is awesome. His character Keyes is mysterious and rather arrogant but he isn’t actually a villain. After Harrigan follows Keyes to an empty slaughterhouse, he realizes that Keyes has set up a trap for the Predator using heat sensors. The Predator though is one smart cookie and isn’t going to go down without a fight. I like how Keyes actually dies a bit of a heroic death, thus giving him proper redemption.
“Stick Around”: Predator (1987)
No Arnie movie is complete without an epic one liner and this is my personal favourite line of his from this film. The Platoon wage an assault on an enemy camp in the jungle and blow most of them to smithereens. When a soldier turns to face Dutch the Austrian Oak throws a knife at him and impales him to the wall uttering the now iconic line.
“RUN!”: Predators (2010)
Predators doesn’t get anywhere near enough love but I love the scene when they aliens first make their presence known. Royce (Adrien Brody) screams “RUN!” to the confused humans who bolt away as the Predators start throwing all kinds if weapons at them. It’s one of the most exciting scenes of the film after a surprisingly slow build up.
Shooting up the Jungle: Predator (1987)
For sheer noise alone this scene is amazing! Mac (Bill Duke) thinks he sees something moving in the jungle after his friend has been taken out by an unseen presence. He opens fire and the whole team join in thinking there is an enemy out there. They literally blow the jungle half to hell… and kill absolutely nothing.
The Epic Handshake: Predator (1987)
If ever there’s a scene that epitomizes manliness it’s this one. Dutch and Dillon meet for the first time in years. Dillon is greeted by being called a “Sonofabitch” by Dutch and the two men shake hands… which turns into an arm wrestle. It’s essentially a dick measuring contest and Dutch wins.
Subway Attack: Predator 2 (1990)
Easily the finest moment from Predator 2; commuters are going about their daily business when an armed gang starts harassing passengers. When one of the passengers pulls a gun on the gang, the lights go out on the Subway and they receive an unexpected visitor. As the Predator will only hunt other creatures that are armed, then he’s about to have a field day on this train. Bodies drop left and right and nobody can see this invisible enemy. Bill Paxton dies and a nation mourns.
“Take it”: Predator 2 (1991)
I remember the first time I watched Predator 2, this scene blew me away. Not only do we get a quick glimpse of an Alien head but a whole group of Predators come out of the shadows. One of them hands Harrigan (Danny Glover) a gun from the 1700’s showing that they have been hunting on Earth for hundreds of years. The fact that this puny human defeated a Predator in a fight gains him the respect of the alien race and they leave him be.
Dutch vs. The Predator: Predator (1987)
“Come on! Do it! Kill me!” You knew fine well this had to be number 1; you’d think Arnold would get the best of the monster and save the day, but that’s what makes the first Predator so special. An entire crack team of soldiers couldn’t take out this ultimate hunter and Dutch (Arnie) gets his ass royally kicked by the alien. Dutch realizes that he won’t beat the creature through physical strength but through mental agility. He sets up a trap for the creature and drops half a tree on the Predator’s head. Not one to be outdone the Predator detonates a self-destruct device which destroys half the jungle. Dutch survives though because he’s awesome.
So those are my favourite Predator series moments; I’m sure I’ll remember more later but these really stood out. What are your fave moments from the series?