predator was part of a string of 1980s hits for Arnold Schwarzenegger: One-half testosterone-drenched shootout movie, one-half sci-fi horror that deconstructs (limb by limb) the action genre and the men who star in them, who find all their guns and collective body mass useless against a superior warrior who hunt humans for sport. The dreaded creature, one-liners, sweltering jungle setting, and John McTiernan made predator an instant action classic.
Predator 2set 10 years after the first, is just as sweaty as the first, as the Predator visits Los Angeles with a few days to kill during a sweltering heat wave. Predator 2 is even more meatheaded than the first, but its eclectic cast (including Danny Glover envisioned as a bona fide macho action star), deepening of the Predator lore, and wild coke-fueled attitude and tone, the sequel is something now of a cult classic.
The lingering appearance of a Xenomorph skull in the Predator’s ship led the way to two crossover alien movies in the 2000s. 2010’s predators goes even further by throwing audiences in with a hive of scum and villainy on a game hunting preserve planet reserved by the Predators. 2018’s The Predator attempted to mix the humor of Shane Black (who starred in the 1987 original) with MCU-style worldbuilding to somewhat disastrous effect.
2022’s preyset in 1719, takes it back to basics as a band of Comanche warriors and fighters (including a star-making turn from Amber Midthunder) must learn to adapt as they’re stalked and hunter by a Predator on his first visit to Earth.
And now, we’re ranking all the predator movies by tomato meter! –Alex Vo
Adjusted Score: 101973%
Critics Consensus: The rare action thriller that spikes adrenaline without skimping on character development, prey is a predator sequel done right.
Adjusted Score: 83792%
Critics Consensus: predator: Part sci-fi, part horror, part action — all muscle.
Adjusted Score: 72107%
Critics Consensus: After a string of subpar sequels, this bloody, action-packed reboot takes the predator franchise back to its testosterone-fueled roots.
Adjusted Score: 51243%
Critics Consensus: The Predator has violence and quips to spare, but its chaotically hollow action adds up to another missed opportunity for a franchise increasingly defined by disappointment.
Adjusted Score: 32303%
Critics Consensus: The thrill of the hunt is gone in this hackneyed sequel.
Adjusted Score: 26754%
Critics Consensus: Gore without scares and cardboard cut-out characters make this clash of the monsters a dull sit.
Adjusted Score: 13877%
Critics Consensus: The increased gore and violence over the first alien vs. predator can’t excuse Requiem‘s disorientating editing, excessively murky lighting, and lack of new ideas.