Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action scary movie authored by brothers Jim and John Thomas and directed by John McTiernan. It’s the first movie in the franchise. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger as the captain of an elite paramilitary rescue team on a mission to retrieve captives in the guerrilla-held territory in the Central American rainforest, who are stalked and hunted down by the deadly Predator, a technologically superior alien.
Hunter was the working title for Predator when it was written in 1984. Filming took place from March to June 1986, using Stan Winston’s creature effects and a budget of roughly $15 million. On June 12, 1987, 20th Century Fox distributed the film in the United States, grossing $98.3 million. Although the picture received mixed reviews at the time of its release, it has subsequently been hailed as an action classic.
Predator’s success produced a media empire that included movies, novels, comic books, video games, and toys. It generated three direct sequels: Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010), and The Predator (2018), as well as a preproduction film titled Prey (2022). The Alien vs. Predator films, which comprise Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), are a crossover with the Alien franchise.
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