Predator is a 1987 sci-fi, action, horror film directed by John McTiernan, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, and Jesse Ventura. The story follows a Special Forces Unit who are on a mission to rescue hostages from a guerilla terrorist group in Central America. What they do not know is that they are the prey of an extraterrestrial lifeform.
Reaction to the film was generally favorable, while the film itself grossed $60 million in the United States. The film has generated a sequel, Predator 2 (1990) and two crossover films, with the Alien franchise: Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Most of film was shot under the original title "Hunter", it was only later when the creature design was changed that the movie became "Predator". The clapperboards showing the original title can be seen in the outtakes on the special edition DVD.
Sonny Landham was hired to work on this film, but on one condition: the insurance company insisted on a round-the-clock bodyguard for Landham, not to protect the actor, but to protect everyone else from the actor (who was prone to bar fights, etc.).
John McTiernan broke his wrist while on location, but kept working.
The predator's blood - a goopy substance with the color of Mountain Dew - was made on-set using a mixture of the liquid from inside glow sticks, and KY jelly.
This was the acting debut for both Jesse Ventura and Shane Black.
Poncho: She says the jungle... it just came alive and took him.
Dutch: If it bleeds, we can kill it.
Blain: Payback time.
GOOFS AND BLUNDERS
In the pan-and-scan version, when Billy first finds the bodies of the skinned green berets, he is startled by the vultures as they fly away. In a quick overhead shot, a camera can be seen below him.
Anna sneaks up behind Dutch with a gun. Dutch then hits Anna on the side of the head with his gun. If you look in the lower left corner of the screen, right when Anna is about to fall, you can see someone's hand touch Anna's back to help her "fall" to the ground. (Non-widescreen version only).
When 'Dutch' and Major George Dillon are hiding from the Predator in the hole/trench the boom microphone is visible.