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Predator: Dark Ages Online – Predator Fan Film

Having had a fantastic public premier at MCM Expo London on Saturday, the guys and girls behind Predator: Dark Ages have now posted the Predator fan film online for everyone’s viewing pleasure! The short film has a runtime of just under half an hour and sees the Predator setting moved to the times during the Crusades.

“Set during the Crusades, the faith & fighting skills of a group of Templar Knights is put to the test when they encounter the Predator. Their battle is the thing Myths and Legends are born from.

Starring Adrian Bouchet, Amed Hashimi, Sabine Crossen, Ben loyd-Holmes, Jon Campling, Joe Egan and Philip Lane.

Written and directed by James Bushe.

Director of Photography – Simon Rowling.”

This Predator fan film is very much in the same vein as the original Predator film, returning to the woodland environment. It stars numerous professional actors – the film’s lead, Adrian Bouchet featured in Aliens vs. Predator – and is, in my opinion, the best Predator fan film that this community has seen. I recommend giving it a view! Make sure you leave your thoughts below! We’ll be having a chat with James and Simon soon so keep checking back.



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Comments: 41
  1. predxeno
    I loved it, but it did make me wonder if there’s an inherent problem with future Predator films. What do you do with a Predator aside from have him hunt folk? One idea postulated on this forum by “worldpeace” I think (I’m not sure he posts here anymore) was to have the Predator being the one hunted (his ship crashes in somehwereistan and a Black Ops team goes in to get him which turns the thing on its head.

    That's actually a pretty neat idea, Predator: Concrete Jungle (video game) follows on that idea somewhat and it did rather well.
  2. Russ
    I loved it, but it did make me wonder if there’s an inherent problem with future Predator films. What do you do with a Predator aside from have him hunt folk? One idea postulated on this forum by “worldpeace” I think (I’m not sure he posts here anymore) was to have the Predator being the one hunted (his ship crashes in somehwereistan and a Black Ops team goes in to get him which turns the thing on its head.

    But in and of itself, Dark Ages was a triumph – I really really enjoyed it and more was impressed by the quality on so little money.  A top
  3. predxeno
    Wow, this film was a great work, I knew it was gonna be good but WOW.  It's refreshing to see a new take on the iconic Predator story rather than having it set in a modern urban setting, but in a medieval one (like in many of the Dark Horse comics).  I also like how at the end...

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  4. Uncanny Antman
    First thing that springs to mind is some of the sound effects work, such as the Predator walking.  Rather than doing foley, they seem to have used the same single-step sound effect used over and over, which makes it sound unnatural.

    Also, the "limitations" of the suit could be edited around a little more.  One shot of the Predator looking like a guy stepping carefully can undo all the good work that came before it.   While I think of it (not en editing thing) it would have been cool if the Predator had been shot to fake a greater height compared to the humans.  Not a big deal, just a thought.  :)
  5. Corporal Hicks
    Music: Fantastic. Extremely good tribute. Official soundtrack to be available?

    For backers, yes.

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    Predator: Great costume, but suffered from the period of time! Surely, it should have been a less advanced, primal-looking Predator? I was expecting to see homeages to the elder from the second movie: Alien-looking sword instead of wrist-blades (which would have suited taking on its historical opponents) and laser on the gun, itself. Instead, it was modern. The actual workmanship which went into creating the suit was great. Didn't quite buy the sword fight at the end, mind you... Felt too human. Should have had a noticeably different combat technique - more brutal. Also thought that it was revealed too early.

    I feel this is a little unfair as the suit wasn't built for the film. It was an existing suit from a cosplayer. And besides, we've seen "ancient" Predators before and they didn't look particularly different either. And like Gates said, the sword was a trophy from a previous hunt. Not a Predator sword.

    Don't think the Predator was revealed too early - it was a short film. I found the pacing of the film pretty perfect for the length of the film. Had no issues with how the story played out. At all.

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    Continuity: A few strange moments. The above weirdness of a modern Predator in ancient times, for instance and the Middle Eastern character saying they had noticed it bleed, even though we saw no neon green (including after arrow penetration).

    Fair point. We don't see it bleed here. However, his whole reason for being involved in the film was because he'd had experience in Jerusalem. It probably occurred there. It could have been made a little clearer but that's what I took from that.
  6. Gate
    Music: Fantastic. Extremely good tribute. Official soundtrack to be available?

    Cinematography: Looked excellent. That's what really sold this. It looked wonderfully cinematic.

    Acting: Hit-and-miss. Good in some parts, but not in others (mainly in line delivery). This, unfortunately, made it feel more like a direct-to-DVD thing, rather than completely professional.

    Predator: Great costume, but suffered from the period of time! Surely, it should have been a less advanced, primal-looking Predator? I was expecting to see homeages to the elder from the second movie: Alien-looking sword instead of wrist-blades (which would have suited taking on its historical opponents) and laser on the gun, itself. Instead, it was modern. The actual workmanship which went into creating the suit was great. Didn't quite buy the sword fight at the end, mind you... Felt too human. Should have had a noticeably different combat technique - more brutal. Also thought that it was revealed too early.

    Continuity: A few strange moments. The above weirdness of a modern Predator in ancient times, for instance and the Middle Eastern character saying they had noticed it bleed, even though we saw no neon green (including after arrow penetration).

    Writing: Relatively well done. Could have done with some improvements and more historical research, but it did the job. Would have benefitted from things like extra dialogue for the small group of heroes to show what kind of adventures/experiences they've had, because there wasn't much characterisation for them and they came off feeling a bit too 'red shirt'-like. They were like Dutch's team, but without any of the stuff which made you feel much for them.

    So, definitely one of the better efforts out there, but could have benefitted from some extra scripting and better directing. Not sure if that was because of the shooting schedule, of course.

    1. The sword was a trophy from a previous kill.
    2. I thought historical accuracy was spot-on. What did you find off?
  7. Xenomorphine
    Music: Fantastic. Extremely good tribute. Official soundtrack to be available?

    Cinematography: Looked excellent. That's what really sold this. It looked wonderfully cinematic.

    Acting: Hit-and-miss. Good in some parts, but not in others (mainly in line delivery). This, unfortunately, made it feel more like a direct-to-DVD thing, rather than completely professional.

    Predator: Great costume, but suffered from the period of time! Surely, it should have been a less advanced, primal-looking Predator? I was expecting to see homeages to the elder from the second movie: Alien-looking sword instead of wrist-blades (which would have suited taking on its historical opponents) and laser on the gun, itself. Instead, it was modern. The actual workmanship which went into creating the suit was great. Didn't quite buy the sword fight at the end, mind you... Felt too human. Should have had a noticeably different combat technique - more brutal. Also thought that it was revealed too early.

    Continuity: A few strange moments. The above weirdness of a modern Predator in ancient times, for instance and the Middle Eastern character saying they had noticed it bleed, even though we saw no neon green (including after arrow penetration).

    Writing: Relatively well done. Could have done with some improvements and more historical research, but it did the job. Would have benefitted from things like extra dialogue for the small group of heroes to show what kind of adventures/experiences they've had, because there wasn't much characterisation for them and they came off feeling a bit too 'red shirt'-like. They were like Dutch's team, but without any of the stuff which made you feel much for them.

    So, definitely one of the better efforts out there, but could have benefitted from some extra scripting and better directing. Not sure if that was because of the shooting schedule, of course.
  8. Corporal Hicks
    The script has been sent out to the backers. Haven't read it yet.

    It was largely the same. The Predator had some dialogue but James spoke to me at the weekend about that. They dropped the Predator dialogue which would have been recorded and replayed like in the films because they couldn't get it to sound right. The fight was also different - much shorter. Worked out far better in the finished piece.
  9. Gate
    Yes, this is how a fan film should be. Although I'd say the scope was ambitious, it payed off. My god. I really hope this guy makes more movies.

    Here's what I got from it:

    The Predator of this film is leaving the planet because of our primitive nature. We pose no serious challenge, therefore we are not ready to be hunted. Zaeed's honor convinced the Predator to back off, refraining from killing a surrendered foe and sparing both of their lives.
  10. Ryan
    Good film, if the official trailer was shown on kick starter and not the teaser I would have contributed, but seeing the teaser left me unconvinced, I'm saying this because it was a good film, and the director should do another one in fact he should get working on one straight away I believe it'll meet or overpass its goal of say $20,000 which it will then there's nothing to lose, a different setting and era would be logical as so dark ages stays unique. Dark ages has good dialog too, the only thing off I felt was the predators cannon firing, the sound on that effect sounded unrealistic, anyway I'm glad it was made considering kick starter only really funded a trailer and we haven't had a new predator film for years.

    I'm excited that Shane Black will direct the next installment. But I think the suppose release date is too far from now. Shane is a busy man now having like 4 films on his slate now. If I were Fox I think I would find someone else to make the movie now. I'm happy Shane is directing but he's so busy now. I want Fox to come out with the movie sooner for the fans. I know 2017 will be the 30th anniversary of the franchise but that also might be the soonest we'll see it.  Do you guys feel the same way should Fox find someone else to direct it that's ready to direct it now instead of waiting for Shane Black to finish up all his projects at once genes making it along time before we see the film.

    Genuinely really impressed by the scope of this film. Must have taken an awful amount of work to pull off with the period setting and all. And for a fan film too - (which for copyright reasons can obviously never be for any commercial use) really comes across like a labour of love. So much so that I was more than able to overlook the (admittedly relatively large list of) problems with it. 
  11. Corporal Hicks
    He says he got another £7K from a private investor in addition to the £5K from the kickstarter and the cast and crew worked for free. The film was shot in a place called Newbury outside of London.

    I thought he said it was another £10k at the Q&A. They also commented on the woods being private land at the premier. I thought Simon did a pretty nice job making that English countryside look more threatening.
  12. Mike
    Out of all the directors I think for Predator: 1718, my choice would be Stephen Hopkins comming back to direct it Because he made a great film in Predator 2 and Predator 2 leads off to Predator 1718. Stephen Hopkins just seems like the perfect guy to come back and direct it. He has a Jamaica background to him to and the characters in the suppose script are said to be pirates from Africa sailing along Bermuda. If anyone read the dark horse comic adaptation of this potential movie like I have, you would understand why it would be awsome. Just an amazing storyline. Fox should of did this movie back in the late 90's but seeing it today will be just as awsome I think with great Cgi in places when needed. I honestly would like to know were Shane Black is continuing off. I read that it's a sequel to Predator but right before Predator 2. Hope to hear more news soon it's been awhile.
  13. Corporal Hicks
    the referring to lines from the original thing is pretty wearying.

    This is normally a massive annoyance to me and I only noticed the one. Did you catch more than one?

    They were variants rather than straight cribs, but they played on the
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    They're nothing that would even be noticed by someone not entrenched in the history of the films, so perhaps the fault lies with me, but I still don't understand why modern scripts deem it neccessary. Bring new quotability to the series!

    I must stress though, that it really was a minor quibble. Overall I thought it was grand.

    Ah - none of that bothered me as it wasn't a straight rip. It was changed subtly enough to not be intrusive and fit within the scenes, rather than the scene around the homage. I can't stand forced re-used dialogue - looking at your AvPs and Predators!
  14. Mike
    I wonder if Shane Blacks sequel will be Predator:1718 The famous Rapheal Adolini story of a captain of a small crew along the Bermuda Triangle that the Pred encountered.
  15. robbritton
    the referring to lines from the original thing is pretty wearying.

    This is normally a massive annoyance to me and I only noticed the one. Did you catch more than one?

    They were variants rather than straight cribs, but they played on the
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    They're nothing that would even be noticed by someone not entrenched in the history of the films, so perhaps the fault lies with me, but I still don't understand why modern scripts deem it neccessary. Bring new quotability to the series!

    I must stress though, that it really was a minor quibble. Overall I thought it was grand.
  16. gabgrave
    I must say this was a really enjoyable watch! Kudos to the team! This is really one of the best made predator fan-film out there.
    The only thing better would be a pred film set during the Viet war, with a SOG group hunting for their prey...and being hunted in return.
  17. robbritton
    Having just watched, I would say this is the most impressive Predator fan film since Batman: Dead End. It looks absolutely gorgeous and the performance from the lead is very convincing. Niggles are minor: the usual slightly wonky acting from the rest of the cast, and the referring to lines from the original thing is pretty wearying. Other than that, great stuff.
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