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Peter Cullen Talks Vocalising the Predator

Peter Cullen is a name best associated with Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots. Something that still manages to surprise the occasional Predator fan is the fact that Cullen worked on the original film and provided the iconic vocalisation of the Predator.

His involvement is not something that I’ve seen talked about very often so the recollection in the video below (uploaded by TFconToronto back in February) wasn’t one of those behind-the-scene we’ve heard countless times before hand.

After their reluctance to show Cullen what the Predator looked like, the producers eventually agreed to: “Roll down to the very end of the film where the Predator takes off his head gear and you’re gonna see the face. When they did that I saw this ugly, ugly face and these tentacles going like this *mimics the mandibles.*

It reminded me of an upside down horseshoe crab dying in the sun on a beach when I was a kid. It was nasty. But from that horseshoe crab was coming all these crackling sounds. Bubbles that were bursting.”

In addition to talking about the inspiration for the iconic Predator sound, Cullen also talks about his reluctance to do more “monster sounds” and the producer’s reaction to his vocalisation.

Thanks AvP Galaxy staffer Master Chief for the link. Keep a close eye on Alien vs. Predator Galaxy for the latest Alien and Predator news! You can follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to get the latest on your social media walls. You can also join in with fellow Alien and Predator fans on our forums!



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Comments: 18
  1. Corporal Hicks
    Who knew...! If I remember right, in one of the AVPR extras they mentioned how they lost the recordings or something, but luckily one of their staff (from the CGI dept) could do the clicking sound quite well, and so they used that instead.

    I can't recall his name but it's definitely mentioned in the extras. I think Liam O'Donnell/Crom also mentioned him in our interview at the end of last year. They used to be roommates. Personally, I can't remember having any issue with any of the Predator sound effects following the first film.
  2. Shimmering Canopy
    Who knew...! If I remember right, in one of the AVPR extras they mentioned how they lost the recordings or something, but luckily one of their staff (from the CGI dept) could do the clicking sound quite well, and so they used that instead.

    Not bad I suppose, but can't beat Mr. Cullen :0) -Maybe they should pay him to record tons of pred sounds and keep them in stock for future occasions hhehe
  3. D88M
    I was just watching this last night! For a moment i thought he was gonna do the sounds for the new movie, and i was gonna say "i think this is the first actual good news about this movie i have heard" but then i was like lol not so fast

    Also, is awesome that he did this, because i thought all these years that those sounds were special effects.
  4. azamultic
    Nice video!
    "Something that still manages to surprise the occasional Predator fan is the fact that Cullen worked on the original film and provided the iconic vocalisation of the Predator."
    Remember I was very surprised when I found out that Peter Cullen did voice for Predator after 18 years of being a fan of Predator)
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