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10 Facts About Predator You Never Knew

10 Facts About Predator You Never Knew
"If it bleeds, we can kill it." It was a rumble in the jungle between a muscle bound paramilitary team and one ugly alien. Cover yourself in mud, cause we're talking about Predator. Here we'll take a look at 10 things you never knew about Predator.

Call me the hunter.

The first Predator was originally called Hunter until after production was completed. In the DVD commentary, director John McTiernan says Predator was originally pitched as Rocky vs. Alien, 'though he personally saw it as more like King Kong. In the 2001 short documentary "If It Bleeds We Can Kill It: The Making of Predator", brothers Jim and John Thomas said they got their script idea from a joke about Rocky IV. The gag was that Rocky had no one left to fight, so he may as well fight an alien.

The original Predator.

The original Predator design was much lankier and insect like.
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The Predator Teaser Gets Unleashed, Full Trailer Coming Tomorrow

With the first trailer for 20th Century Fox's The Predator debuting tomorrow, the studio has released a brief trailer preview, which features the iconic sequences of red dashes that show up on the Predator's wrist computer in the first movie. While this preview doesn't feature any footage, a number of the movie's stars have tweeted out new photos, many featuring first looks at their character, along with how their characters appear in The Predator's infamous heat-seeking vision. Thankfully we only have to wait until tomorrow until the first footage is released.

The Predator Cast who released new photos through social media today were Sterling K. Brown, Keegan Michael Key, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, Jake Busey and Trevante Rhodes. In addition to the brief trailer preview, the official Predator Twitter account also paid tribute to the late Kevin Peter Hall, who would have turned 63 years old today if he were still alive.
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Yep, There's a Human Being Inside That Robot Suit in Netflix's Lost in Space

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As expected, one of the most memorable characters in Neflix's reboot of Lost in Space ends up being the mysterious robot. Like the rest of the characters, including the Robinson family and the is-she-or-isn't-she-evil Dr. Smith, the robot receives a major makeover from the original '60s sci-fi series that aired on CBS. Instead of the original's blinking silver accordion, or the friendly, almost toy-like appearance of the robot in the 1998 film, the latest iteration of the robot is slick, futuristic, and reminiscent of the creatures in Alien and Predator. Inside of the hulking metal exterior, however, is a regular human being, one who you might not realize you've seen before.

Brian Steele plays the show's robot, which ends up being a surprisingly sympathetic character despite its lack of dialogue and its unfortunate tendency to transform into a hulking, whirring, killing machine when threatened. Will (Maxwell Jenkins
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Full Release Details for Scream Factory’s It’S Alive Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set

Early this year, Scream Factory revealed that they would release Larry Cohen's It's Alive trilogy in high-def, and now they've revealed the full release details for the Blu-ray box set, including new interviews with Cohen and other cast and crew members:

Press Release: For the first time on Blu-ray, and in a new, deluxe box set, the It’s Alive trilogy is reborn! On May 15, Scream Factory will release the It’s Alive Trilogy in a 3-disc set packed with bonus features, including new interviews, and new 2K scans of each film.

It's newborn and … It's Alive … and murder is what it knows best! A proud couple's bundle of joy is really a newborn terror in filmmaker Larry Cohen's cautionary cult hit that tapped into environmental fears. The horror grows when multiple child monsters rampage in the first sequel It Lives Again as two brave parents try to stop
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Actress Debbie Lee Carrington, Total Recall, Bride of Chucky Dies at 58

Actress Debbie Lee Carrington, Total Recall, Bride of Chucky Dies at 58
Debbie Lee Carrington, who is probably best known for her roles in Star Wars sequel Return of the Jedi, Total Recall, and Bride of Chucky, has sadly passed away at the age of 58. Carrington performed as an actress and stuntwoman in many Hollywood and TV projects over the years, including Seinfeld, Titanic, Howard the Duck, The Drew Carey Show, The Garbage Pail Kids Movie, and many, many more. There is currently no information on the cause of death at this time, but the news has been confirmed by long-time friend and co-star Mike Quinn.

Debbie Lee Carrington was born December 14th, 1959 and her father was an insurance salesman while her mother was a teacher. She began her acting career in 1981, appearing in the Chevy Chase-starring comedy, Under the Rainbow. Later, Carrington landed a role in Return of the Jedi, famously playing the Ewok who consoles another Ewok that was blown up by a landmine.
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Frightfest Glasgow: ‘Primal Rage’ Review: Dir. Patrick Magee (2018)

Primal Rage Review: A couple go head-to-head with Bigfoot in this riff on Predator.

Primal Rage review by Kat Hughes.

Primal Rage Review

Sasquatch, or Bigfoot as it is better known, is one of mankind’s biggest myths. Unlike vampires, werewolves and mummies, there are plenty of people who believe that the forest-dwelling beast could exist. It’s strange then that there aren’t many movies featuring Bigfoot, especially in the horror arenas, as all other monstrous entities have had hundreds, if not thousands, of cinematic adventures. When pushed to name a Bigfoot-centric film, all that springs to mind is Harry and the Hendersons, and that’s not exactly frightening. All of these reasons make director Patrick Magee’s movie Primal Rage a very intriguing prospect.

Screening in Glasgow as part of the Horror Channel Frightfest programme, Primal Rage offers a dark tale of a couple lost in the woods battling a vicious,
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24 Reasons Why Harry And The Hendersons and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Are The Same Movie

I've got a great video from Couch Tomato today for you to enjoy! This one gives us a breakdown of the 1987 comedy Harry and the Hendersons and offers 24 reasons why it's the same movie as the 2011 film Rise of the Planet of the Apes. At first thought, I didn't see how they are the same movie, but once you watch the video, you'll understand. 
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John Lithgow on Channeling Trump in Beatriz at Dinner | Exclusive

John Lithgow on Channeling Trump in Beatriz at Dinner | Exclusive
John Lithgow is a devilish delight in the black comedy Beatriz at Dinner. Directed by Miguel Arteta (The Good Girl) and written by Mike White (Orange County, School of Rock), Beatriz at Dinner is a satire about class differences. Beatriz (Salma Hayak) is a Mexican immigrant that works as a massage therapist at a healing center. She is a Buddhist, extremely spiritual, with a deep respect for all living things. Her car breaks down at the mansion of a wealthy client (Connie Britton) and her husband. Beatriz is invited to stay for dinner instead of calling a tow truck.

The dinner is a victory lap for a billionaire real estate developer, Doug Strutt (John Lithgow). Strutt is an obnoxious tycoon with a lot of media publicity. He at first mistakes Beatriz for a maid, then proceeds to ask if she is in the country illegally. Beatriz starts drinking and gets
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Great Months in Box-Office History: June 1987

Great Months in Box-Office History: June 1987
Quick, what do The Untouchables, Predator and Full Metal Jacket have in common? Now, what do Harry and the Hendersons, Spaceballs and The Witches of Eastwick have in common? And Roxanne? Answer: They all hit theaters in June 1987.

Though no real scientific analysis contributed to the genesis of this article, I can say that a perusal of Wikipedia's handy "[Year] in Film" pages yielded perhaps a handful of comparable runs, where every single weekend in a month offered up to the moviegoing public at least one film that would stand the test of time. Another now-classic slice of '80s...
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'Harry and the Hendersons': THR's 1987 Review

'Harry and the Hendersons': THR's 1987 Review
On June 5, 1987, Universal and Amblin released Harry and the Hendersons, about a family who takes a lovable Sasquatch into their home. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below.

Is there such a thing as an uncuddly teddy bear, a bad banana split, an unappealing puppy, an unwatched World Series, a less-than-glowing Universal/Amblin summer release? No, but even the most welcome of sure-thing delights can be disappointing. And Harry and the Hendersons is a disappointment.

Any film with ample production values that emulates the wondrous E.T. must be considered a potential blockbuster, but Harry is so excessively cloned that audiences are likely to be disillusioned by its transparent manipulations.

In short, Harry...
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30 Years Back: Celebrating the Cinematic Delights of 1987

Tom Jolliffe celebrates the cinematic delights of 1987…

The 80’s mark a special period in cinema for me. It’s predominantly an age thing. I grew up throughout the 80’s, soaking in some fantastic films. It was a rising golden age of blockbusters which took the foundations of what guys like Spielberg and Lucas launched in the late 70’s, as that stark, gritty and dramatically challenging output that delivered some of the best films of all time (The Godfather and more), gave way to more crowd pleasing, optimistic fare. The cinematic landscape went from the likes of The French Connection, The Conversation, and Chinatown to the more light-hearted Star Wars or Jaws.

As blockbusters swarmed the cinemas and multiplexes began spreading, audiences demanded entertainment. That trend has carried on and intensified and it’s truer than ever in these days of Marvel adaptations. The 80’s got me into cinema. That passion
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Meet The Guy Who Provided the Memorable Theme Song and Sound Effects for Nickelodeon's Doug

When I was a kid, Nickelodeon's Doug was my favorite TV show I'd ever seen. The unique characters, imaginative daydreams, and pining romance all hit me at exactly the right time in my life, and I know it left a big impact on a lot of people who grew up watching it.

Great Big Story sat down with Fred Newman, the voice actor who provided the show's theme song and those "chicka-ba-dah" noises you'd hear as it came back from a commercial break. But what really blew my mind is the fact that he also did the voice for Skeeter, Mr. Dink, and Porkchop the dog. Are you kidding me? This guy was the voice of Skeeter? I still can't wrap my head around that. Take a look for yourself below.

Start humming the opening theme to Nickelodeon's classic “Doug,” and any self-respecting '90s kid will surely join right in.
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Movie Review – Hunting Grounds (2015)

Hunting Grounds, 2015.

Directed by John Portanova.

Starring Bill Oberst Jr., Jason Vail, and Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.


Four hunters soon find themselves lost in the American wilderness, stumbling across a squad of bloodthirsty Sasquatch who won’t let them leave without a fight.

Bafflingly retitled from the far superior (and much more sensical) Valley of the Sasquatch, Hunting Grounds is yet another micro-budget creature-feature that’s found itself a comfortable home on DVD, following a slew of rather successful festival screenings all over the States. It’s nothing particularly new or even remotely groundbreaking, but does offer up a surprisingly watchable 90 minutes, which is more than can be said for 90% of its fellow bargain bin time-wasters.

Obviously from a technical standpoint, there’s not a lot here. The acting is about as wooden as it comes, camerawork is steady but occasionally too dark, and the sasquatch in question do come off
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Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema with Tony Gardner

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Hello, readers! Welcome back for another installment of one of our featured columns here at Daily Dead, Deadly Dialogue: A Conversation on Cinema, in which we catch up with notable talent who have worked in the horror and sci-fi genres—both in front of and behind the camera—to discuss the films that inspired them to become the artists they are today.

For this month’s discussion, Daily Dead spoke with Tony Gardner, legendary special effects artist and president of Alterian, Inc. With an already prolific career that began in the early 1980s, Gardner has consistently established himself as one of the premier talents in the industry, contributing to films like The Return of the Living Dead, Cocoon, Evil Dead II, Harry and the Hendersons, The Lost Boys, Gorillas in the Mist, Nightbreed, The Blob, Darkman, Army of Darkness, Hocus Pocus, Seed of Chucky (in which he has a pretty sweet cameo and death), 127 Hours,
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Netflix in December: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

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Netflix in December: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)
What’s Coming Dec. 1: “Beverly Hills CopEddie Murphy plays a street-smart Detroit cop who moves to Beverly Hills to investigate the murder of his best friend in this 1984 action comedy. What’s Coming Dec. 1: “Chill With Bob Ross: Collection” Netflix and chill with Bob Ross this December as the streaming platform adds new episodes of the calmly voiced painter’s TV show, “The Joy of Painting.” What’s Coming Dec. 1: “Harry and the HendersonsWilliam Dear’s 1987 comedy stars John Lithgow as a father who adopts Bigfoot after hitting him with his car while returning
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7 Films New To Netflix to Watch In December 2016, Including ‘Animal House’ and ‘Waking Life’

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Next month, Netflix has a wide variety of films — modern to classic, animated to live action, Oscar winners to romantic comedies — and we’ve picked seven that you should watch once they’re made available on the streaming service. Enjoy.

Read More: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In November 2016, Including ‘Boyhood’ and ‘The Jungle Book

1. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (available December 1)

John Landis’ 1978 classic college comedy follows the rowdy Delta Tau Chi fraternity’s battle to remain on campus after they provoked the ire of the conniving Dean of the college. Features John Belushi in his most anarchic performance, toga parties, and sing-a-longs to “Louie Louie” and “Shout!”

2. “Waking Life” (available December 1)

Richard Linklater’s 2001 film “Waking Life” examines a bevy of philosophical issues — the nature of dreams, the limitations of consciousness and the meaning of life — in a surreal, rotoscoped dreamscape that demands the viewer’s mind to take flight.
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Random Roles: John Lithgow on playing Winston Churchill and passing on Cheers

Welcome to Random Roles, wherein we talk to actors about the characters who defined their careers. The catch: They don’t know beforehand what roles we’ll ask them to talk about.

The actor: If there’s one sure way to confirm John Lithgow’s success as an actor, it’s that he’s managed to maintain a high-profile career for the better part of four decades. Granted, he didn’t really hit household-name status until the early ’80s, but after films like The World According To Garp, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Footloose, The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, and Harry And The Hendersons, his reputation as a character actor was permanently secured. Since then, Lithgow has also found success on the small screen, earning both laughs (3rd Rock From The Sun) and screams (Dexter), and his latest turn is toward the dramatic, playing Winston Churchill in
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Film Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’

Film Review: ‘Pete’s Dragon’
The original “Pete's Dragon” is, without a doubt, one of the most eccentric entries in the Disney canon — an almost hallucinatory live-action/animation hybrid, crammed wall-to-wall with singing, about a 9-year-old orphan and his magical pink-and-green sidekick, whom practically nobody else can see. One had to be either Pete’s age or a puff-draggin’ enthusiast to appreciate the trippy film when it came out, and time has only rendered the movie that much weirder — which makes it a far better candidate for a Mouse House remake than many of the studio’s more universally beloved classics.

Reimagined nearly four decades later, Disney’s in-name-only “Pete’s Dragon” reboot trades the earlier version’s goofy cartoony sensibility for a sort of stylized realism, one in which everything looks a bit too good to be true (including the stunning Weta Digital-animated dragon himself), and yet the story is geared in
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The Shocking Theory That Has The Bigfoot Community in an Uproar.

Nigel Wethersby, a cryptozoologist living and working near Epping Forest, north of London, has stirred up the international Sasquatch community with a new theory that has everyone questioning beliefs they’ve held for most of their lives. The most controversial part of this theory starts by questioning the very nomenclature of many people’s favorite cryptid. Destroy the Brain! got to sit down for an exclusive interview with Mr. Wethersby to get the details of his highly disputed research.

Dtb: You’ve caused quite a stir with your recent findings concerning the Bigfoot myth. What is this new hypothesis of yours that’s got everyone so upset?

Nw: Let me start by clearing something up. There is no Bigfoot “myth”, there are undocumented hominids living in dense forests all over the world and I have no “hypothesis “, I used sound scientific methods and witnessed these animals first-hand. As of yet,
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[Review] Monster Hunt

Even if Monster Hunt were billed in America with “from Raman Hui, the supervising animator of everyone’s favorite DreamWorks player, the Gingerbread Man, and co-director of Shrek the Third, comes a magical adventure of man and beast” on the posters, it wouldn’t be enough. But that’s okay, because Hui didn’t make it for American audiences. Instead, it stemmed from a desire back in 2005 to make an animated film in China after spending so much time with Steven Spielberg‘s company learning the ropes. A decade later and the finished live-action-animated hybrid became the nation’s highest-grossing film ever (since beaten by Stephen Chow‘s The Mermaid). Not even the boast of this acclaim could make it a winner stateside, though. It’s simply too weird for western audiences.

That doesn’t mean it’s bad or indecipherable. Hui utilizes many of the same themes from the
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