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Every Movie in the Predator Franchise, Ranked

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Starting in 1987, the Predator franchise has spanned six major films and has brought in more than 400 million dollars total. Some would consider the first film to hold the star-making roles for both Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers.

The franchise has had a lot of ups and downs in its run. With a new film coming out soon, there’s never been a better time to look back at the franchise with a critical eye.

While the spectacle and scope were higher than the 2004 Alien Vs. Predator, this film felt clunkier and uninspired. Like the first – this seems like a “knock it out of the park” idea, but it gets lost in its own mythology too often to count for anything. There are some pretty great action sequences to be found, just not enough to carry the film from the bottom of this list.

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Set immediately after the events of the first film, Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem was by the tandem called The Brothers Strause, who were new to the world of Hollywood, with this being their first major film. While there may not be a bevy of compliments to be found for this film, there can be something to be said of the practical effects that were used. Quoted in an article by AWN, co-director Colin Strause had this to say about the effects, “Other than the exterior spaceship shots, there are no pure CG shots… The lighters and the modelers had something real in every shot that they could actually reference. It was kind of a big thing for keeping the whole movie grounded.”

Regardless of the outcome, the practical effects do stand out.

Alien Vs. Predator, by all accounts, was a pretty huge hit. It only had a budget of $60 million, but managed to bring in $177 million at the box office. However, it was not met as well by critics, getting almost universally panned across the board. That didn’t seem to matter to audiences though, as this film has found a small cult following, years after its release.

The truth is, much like its critically-maligned sequel, this movie just doesn’t work. The idea is there – but the execution is not. It was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, who is known for making critically-panned audience pleaser movies, like the Resident Evil franchise. This film, much like his others, is sloppy, but ultimately entertaining if one doesn’t think about things too hard. In the end, audiences got to see two iconic monsters duke it out. What else is there to ask for?

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