The Hunt Is On: Why The Predator Is One Of Cinema’s Most Enduring Villains

This week sees the movie Prey head to Disney+.

Set three hundred years ago, it follows the journey of Comanche warrior Naru (Amber Midthunder) who protects her tribe against a new threat: the Predator.

This prequel is the fifth film in the Predator franchise, which started with the 1987 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the leader of a crack team of military specialists being picked off in the jungle by an alien who hunts them for sport.

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Since then, the hunter from another galaxy has terrorised audiences in every decade – sequel Predator 2 came out in the ‘90s, while Predators and The Predator updated the franchise in the 2010s.

Outside of the main series, two Alien Vs. Predator crossovers were box office hits in the 2000s.

With other appearances in comic books, novels, and computer games, the character has been ever present in culture for 35 years. So, what makes the beast so enduring to fans around the world?

In the latest edition of our free digital magazine The Lowdown, we dug in to why the Predator remains a terrifying screen presence all these years later.

Read the full feature here.

Prey is released on Disney+ on 5th August.

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James Luxford

James Luxford

Contributing Writer

James has been a professional film journalist and broadcaster for over a decade, writing for a number of outlets around the world. A film fan since they could crawl, they have an unhealthy devotion to the work of Quentin Tarantino, spends far too much on Blu-ray steelbooks, and sings badly to Lady Gaga songs while writing.