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Predator (1987)

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There’s something out there waiting for us and it ain’t no man. We’re all gonna DIE! If you wanted to explain the Eighties this wouldn’t be a bad place to start. It all began with a joke about how there was nobody left for Rocky Balboa to fight so the next guy would probably be an extra-terrestrial. Jim Thomas and John Thomas (no jokes there at the back) took up the challenge and in a convoluted series of developments we wound up here, with Arnie Versus Alien. A special forces commando unit is sent into the jungle to look for a cabinet minister gone AWOL. When they find him and his chopper crew skinned alive our guys know there’s something seriously amiss and they’ve been set up – and then get picked off one by one.The final confrontation is something to relish – You’re One Ugly Motherfucker! declares Arnie to his monstrous foe. And he would be right. That sexist jerk who gets his early on is the same Shane Black who was rewriting Lethal Weapon for producer Joel Silver at the time. This hits so many buttons it’s hard to find fault and director John McTiernan does a fine job. Oh, it’s a cult cracker!

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