“Come on in, you fuckers. Come on in. Ol’ Painless is waitin.” ~Blain
Predator. A movie about badass special forces being hunted by a badass alien in the steaming jungles of Central America. A movie that teamed up Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Weathers. A movie that later spawned the careers of not one, but TWO state governors. A movie that starred one of the writers (Shane Black). A movie that spawned quotes such as:
Predator. A movie that that mashed up two favorite Hollywood genres (aliens and GUNS) and spit them out in a bloody mess of furious action and one liners. Gone were the days when aliens were eating Reese’s Pieces out of the hands of little kids, or benevolently communicating with us using musical tones. Here we have an alien that tore your spine out of your body and polished your skull for his collection. We’ve got humans who wanted to communicate with hot lead, not by passing out candy or making goofy hand signals. The 80s!!
How often does a perfect storm of awesomeness like this happen? Not often. It’s something that should be enjoyed and relished like a fine burgundy in front of a crackling fire. The essence of Predator is captured in one scene. Aliens, blood, action, guns spewing fire like mechanical dragons from hell!! The deforestation scene!!
Ol’ Painless is of course the hand held M134A mini-gun wielded by Blain, and later by Mac, which caused an incredible amount of chaos and destruction. In this scene it’s used to clear cut a swath of Central American forest in hopes of taking out the Predator from their nightmares. When I saw this scene on the tiny screen of the Micro Moviehouse in our college town, a wide smile broke out on my face and I wanted to stand up and scream at the screen: “Fuck yeah!”
P.S. Unfortunately Predator also spawned a slew of really, really crappy sequels, knockoffs, and crossover movies (with Alien). Let’s just pretend they don’t exist.
What is a Sci-Fi Scene? These scenes are memorable because they touch the soul, show amazing visions of the future, or broke ground in film technology. All these scenes are so great that they are in no particular order, just the order that they come to me. Enjoy!