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Shane Black Talks The Predator Vocalization

In a recent interview with Fandango, Shane Black was asked about the approach was taking with the Predator’s iconic vocalization sound originally brought to life by Peter Cullen. It turns out, it’s staying true to the original sound effect!

We’ve modulated it somewhat, but there are certain elements I think, and maybe you agree, that are so good that there’s no use making them part of your update process. For instance, the original Predator makeup, you can adjust it slightly, but who wants to change that iconic, classic insect face, you know? It’s just too good. So, similarly, the sounds they make, although we’ve hopefully done a little bit of improv work on them, we’ve left it essentially the same, as a callback.

Be sure to head on over to Fandango and check out the entire interview with Shane Black. There’s not a great deal of new information but Shane re-affirms a lot of things such as the focus on the Predator movement and The Dirty Dozen influence of The Predator’s characters.

 Shane Black Talks The Predator Vocalization

Earlier this year Peter Cullen spoke at a Transformer convention about his involvement with the original film and his inspiration for where the Predator’s sound came from.

“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.”

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Comments: 24
  1. Wysps
    Not plain as day when, like me, you heard mostly the french dubbed version your entire life, which had entirely different voice effects  ;)

    I’m a native speaker and I still can’t hear a damn thing in that trailer  ;)

    You do realise this sound was just reused for the trailer though? It won't be in the finished movie.

    Well that certainly takes the pressure off lol

  2. azamultic
    They've been using the predator mimic from Bill duke in the trailers. I want to know if there will be mimicking in this as well

    Can you point out when exactly ? I saw it many times but can't hear it damn lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKf5rSwxkU

    on 28 sec mark "Commoon"
    it's actually come here
     
    Mac says "Common common, over here" here is the video

    https://youtu.be/JZgfBDWYjZE

    I dont thin its come here, and this sharp common they used on the 28 sec in the last teader for The Predator.
    he mimics “over here”

    Here is the last tv spot

    https://youtu.be/yv4_AQxMeN0

    On 28 sec mark we can hear Macs "common"

    Here is the original movie scene

    https://youtu.be/JZgfBDWYjZE

    On 6-8 sec mark you can hear the same "common"

    Over hear is totally different sound in a different scene.
     
    Here is the "over here" sound on 42-43 sec mark

    https://youtu.be/ubjvigZCdH4
  3. ThePredatorUK
    They've been using the predator mimic from Bill duke in the trailers. I want to know if there will be mimicking in this as well

    Can you point out when exactly ? I saw it many times but can't hear it damn lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKf5rSwxkU

    on 28 sec mark "Commoon"
    it's actually come here
     
    Mac says "Common common, over here" here is the video

    https://youtu.be/JZgfBDWYjZE

    I dont thin its come here, and this sharp common they used on the 28 sec in the last teader for The Predator.
    he mimics “over here”
  4. azamultic
    They've been using the predator mimic from Bill duke in the trailers. I want to know if there will be mimicking in this as well

    Can you point out when exactly ? I saw it many times but can't hear it damn lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKf5rSwxkU

    on 28 sec mark "Commoon"
    it's actually come here
     
    Mac says "Common common, over here" here is the video

    https://youtu.be/JZgfBDWYjZE

    I dont thin its come here, and this sharp common they used on the 28 sec in the last teader for The Predator.
  5. YTL_Hunter_H2
    They've been using the predator mimic from Bill duke in the trailers. I want to know if there will be mimicking in this as well

    Can you point out when exactly ? I saw it many times but can't hear it damn lol

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKf5rSwxkU

    on 28 sec mark "Commoon"
    it's actually come here
  6. GreybackElder
    I’m interested to hear the new take on the predator roar. I’m glad it sounds that it’s staying close to the original though! I’d have to say my favorite roar was when it was high up in the trees ripping the spine out of billy? So cool.
  7. DarthWall275
    While I hope they stay true to the original, i'm glad they're not straight up reusing the old soundclips, because that was jarring and out of place enough in the trailer.

    Personally my favourite roar was the one from the first AvP movie, it sounded a lot more "organic" than the '87 version.

    The lion growls were goofy though.
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