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Expanding the Hunt, Interview with Predators’ Director Nimrod Antal – AvP Galaxy Podcast #90

We have just uploaded the 90th episode of the Alien vs. Predator Galaxy Podcast (right-click and save as to download)! Our 90th episode sees regular hosts Corporal Hicks & RidgeTop sit down for a discussion with Predators’ director Nimrod Antal about his experiences working on the film!

 Expanding the Hunt, Interview with Predators' Director Nimrod Antal – AvP Galaxy Podcast #90

We tax Nimrod’s memory and ask him about the early development of the films, getting clarification on things like the River Ghost and cameos. We also discuss the balance of homage and consistency, and plenty more!

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  1. XenoHunter99
    Ridgetop and Hicks: Excellent job!  Nimrod Antal, thank you so much for doing this interview, for sharing your recollections and insights about your experience making the film. I enjoyed Predators a lot and would have loved to see the sequel.
  2. [cancerblack]
    Referring to someone as "(name) of (country)" as a farcical slur is f**kin comedy gold tbh. The fact that you can add a "the" because of this guys particular name just ramps it up. Unfounded, undeserved, yet hilarious.
  3. The Cruentus
    Good podcast, Nimrod seems like a decent guy who respects others' opinions.
    I like Predators and I think its decent edition to the franchise.
    I feel there is some trolling going on this thread though, I mean how can someone say the suits in AVP/AVP-R were better than Predators? The reason why the aliens were always in the shadows in requiem was probably because the suits don't really look good. I mean from a craftsman perspective, it still better than anyone could build at home, but as a good alien aesthetic? it wasn't in my opinion. They worked in Resurrection but not in AVP/AVP-R. The Pred suits were not the best in the first AVP either, especially the face and eyes. Predators looked far better in Predators than AVP.
  4. [cancerblack]
    NIMROD ANALTALL...is a SUPER MEGA BIGTIME LIAR

    Him trailer promised us....a HUNDRED PREDATORS FIGHTING THE BRODY (the raging bull of heroic pianists) and instead...only THREE?

    Very boring film. To much talking and walking through jungle...like first movie not enough of THE PREDATOR which is what i paidand wanted to see. Not enough of the HEARTPOUNDING ACTION and DEATH DEFYING COMPUTER GRAPHICAL ENERGY BLASTERS thqt i have come yo expect and love, but always keeping it from becoming TO INTIMIDATING by allowing the characters to have the fun and make THE JOKES even in the face of certain doom. To show us that even in the DARKESKT OF TIMES we must show our best faces and go happily into the furure. In this we have found our true PINACLE OF CiNEMATOLOGICAL ART kniwn as THE MARVEL FILM EXTENDED CINEMATIC UNIVERSE of which i have watched from the time of a young child looking up at the Iron Man with wonderment and am a proud product of the Disney teachings.

    Shane Black in his THE PREDATOR movie created THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR of the 21ST CENTURY. Fashioning it in the image of the Disney films if SUPERERO ADVENTURING. In this, no other film of this Predator franchise can have surpassed him, certainlu now this PredatorS film, made by the NIMROD OF HUNGARY


    Lol'd



    One day you will all come to realize the brilliance of AvP-R. And egg barfing.

    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/DarlingSingleAquaticleech-small.gif


    By my count it's still about 10-12 years before people get it.




    Ok I get that ADI recycled suits from Resurrection for its 2 AVP movies. I'm not a fan of Resurrection and wish it wasn't made either.

    But from an objective stance the suits looked fantastic in all those films, at least when demonstrated in isolation on ADI's youtube channel or DVD extras during making of segments.

    I'd second that the PREDATOR suits in AVP were "sometimes" dodgy looking, despite more animatronics used for facial expressions. Their seemingly being unable to close their mandibles, colour scheme for their skin tone people "liken to a cheap halloween mask".

    I'd have to watch PREDATORS and AVP back to back again, but you're right that PREDATORS does have some good suit work. "The crucified predator" was one of few wow moments in the 2010 film.

    Overall though, suits do not maketh a good movie. PREDATORS has moments that are Uwe Boll tier.

    The Alien suits in AvP:R were terrible.


    100%
  5. Xiggz456
    Finally gave this a listen and I agree with @Prez that this has to be one of the best ‘casts yet! Great interview guys. Really cool that Nimrod read some of the comics growing up!

    @Hicks I had a good laugh at your reaction when Nimrod said people argue over cinema as fiercely as they do politics  :D
  6. Prez
    One of the best podcasts I've heard from you guys. Really great listen. Nimrod was so candid and generous with his thoughts and side notes.

    Makes me appreciate Predators even more. Gonna watch it again really soon.

    Well done Ryan & Aaron.
  7. SM
    Ok I get that ADI recycled suits from Resurrection for its 2 AVP movies. I'm not a fan of Resurrection and wish it wasn't made either.

    But from an objective stance the suits looked fantastic in all those films, at least when demonstrated in isolation on ADI's youtube channel or DVD extras during making of segments.

    I'd second that the PREDATOR suits in AVP were "sometimes" dodgy looking, despite more animatronics used for facial expressions. Their seemingly being unable to close their mandibles, colour scheme for their skin tone people "liken to a cheap halloween mask".

    I'd have to watch PREDATORS and AVP back to back again, but you're right that PREDATORS does have some good suit work. "The crucified predator" was one of few wow moments in the 2010 film.

    Overall though, suits do not maketh a good movie. PREDATORS has moments that are Uwe Boll tier.

    The Alien suits in AvP:R were terrible.
  8. Voodoo Magic
    But from an objective stance the suits looked fantastic in all those films, at least when demonstrated in isolation on ADI's youtube channel or DVD extras during making of segments.

    At first i was like, wut? But then I read.

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    I'd second that the PREDATOR suits in AVP were "sometimes" dodgy looking, despite more animatronics used for facial expressions. Their seemingly being unable to close their mandibles, colour scheme for their skin tone people "liken to a cheap halloween mask".

    Yes. Exactly my friend. Halloweeen masks indeed.

    https://i.ibb.co/JQSyNq0/IMG-20190224-212507.jpg

    https://i.ibb.co/fn5Rhfv/IMG-20190224-212358.jpg


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    I'd have to watch PREDATORS and AVP back to back again, but you're right that PREDATORS does have some good suit work. "The crucified predator" was one of few wow moments in the 2010 film.

    They're not Stan Winston Studio but KNB gets kudos definitely!

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    Overall though, suits do not maketh a good movie. PREDATORS has moments that are Uwe Boll tier.

    In my opinion, in comparing Nimrod's work in Predators to other directors, Boll seems too low a tier to me. Paul Anderson is one step above that but I personally wouldn't stop there. Who's a name with a body of work above Paul Anderson. McG maybe?
  9. AVP-CAPCOM
    Ok I get that ADI recycled suits from Resurrection for its 2 AVP movies. I'm not a fan of Resurrection and wish it wasn't made either.

    But from an objective stance the suits looked fantastic in all those films, at least when demonstrated in isolation on ADI's youtube channel or DVD extras during making of segments.

    I'd second that the PREDATOR suits in AVP were "sometimes" dodgy looking, despite more animatronics used for facial expressions. Their seemingly being unable to close their mandibles, colour scheme for their skin tone people "liken to a cheap halloween mask".

    I'd have to watch PREDATORS and AVP back to back again, but you're right that PREDATORS does have some good suit work. "The crucified predator" was one of few wow moments in the 2010 film.

    Overall though, suits do not maketh a good movie. PREDATORS has moments that are Uwe Boll tier.
  10. Corporal Hicks
    His last answer was mysterious. I don't see what the harm was saying what would be good in another Predator sequel. It's not as if they're going to continue with that story now.

    I'm hoping to get another chat booked in with him to do some coverage of this.

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    I'm really surprised you didn't ask him about The Predator and whether or not he'd seen it.

    Good pod.  I could've listened to a lot more though.

    There was just some stuff Nimrod didn't want to talk about on the podcast.

    I just wish you got a chance to ask about the Bezerker's apparent change in size, indicated by the behind the scenes pics.

    Unfortunately, I had a lot of questions and we were ultimately recording for about 2 hours and not all of it was for the interview. We'd originally said it'd probably only be an hour or so,  so I didn't really want to ask him even more questions.

    I imagine that'd just be change in stunt/performers, though.

    Me too. I guess it because Hicks is just soooo frustrated with it. He rate it now, what, 3/10 or something and put it on the same level with Requiem?

    He gave The Predator a 6/10, while AVPR is much lower for him.

    I actually really dislike it now. I can't remember when we talked about it but in a recent episode I did say I had become increasingly frustrated with the film and did put it on AvPR level now.

    Well, opinions on the film aside, I'm glad people are enjoying the interview!  ;D
  11. SiL
    ALIENS VS PREDATOR- REQUIEM (2007), budget $40 Million ... and they even afforded Tom Woodruff fantastic ADI suits and practical effects.
    By reusing material from the last two movies ADI had done. The Alien suits were barely modified from AvP, which in turn were barely modified from Alien Resurrection, and all of the non-Wolf Predators are suits or moulds from AvP. Only the PredAlien and Wolf were new for the movie.

    KNB had to build everything from scratch.
  12. Samhain13
    Nice podcast. Finally reaching the director tier.

    I'm really surprised you didn't ask him about The Predator and whether or not he'd seen it.

    Can't spoil the mood.

    Me too. I guess it because Hicks is just soooo frustrated with it. He rate it now, what, 3/10 or something and put it on the same level with Requiem?

    He gave The Predator a 6/10, while AVPR is much lower for him.
  13. 426Buddy
    I was always luke warm on Predators. I thought Brody was great in it though. Never cared much for the Super Preds and their suitwork and effects.

    It's not until The Predator came out that I realized how much worse things could get. :laugh:
  14. Darkness
    His last answer was mysterious. I don't see what the harm was saying what would be good in another Predator sequel. It's not as if they're going to continue with that story now.

    I don't think Nimrod got much exposure before the film came out. It was always Rodriguez doing all the interviews and media stuff before the film came out. I wonder how much freedom Nimrod really had in the end.

    I'm really surprised you didn't ask him about The Predator and whether or not he'd seen it.
  15. King geedorah
    Good interview. I always liked Nimrod. I knew the moment the bongos hit i was gonna like predators and i did. its a solid C+ could have been much more but it did well with that he had. i still think the "dogs & wolves" predator on predator blood feud thing should be explored in full and not the crap we got in The Predator.


    Also can I remind everyone
    ALIENS VS PREDATOR- REQUIEM (2007), budget $40 Million (but looked double or triple that budget) and they even afforded Tom Woodruff fantastic ADI suits and practical effects.
    PREDATORS (2010) budget also $40 Million and they resorted to a cheaper prosthetics company, which still got praised by ADI's Alec Gillis "for the budget they had". But again he doesn't realise AVP-R had the same budget and limited shooting schedule.

    The end result of PREDATORS was a shoddy straight to DVD mess. It bored an entire cinema with people shouting out sarcastic remarks during a screening I was at. One even said "that (fake) trailer lied to us! What a crap film!". Before legging it out of the cinema.

    oh man what a laugh :D thanks for that. KNB did pred faces better in their first attempt than ADI could do until fugitive (and even then its debatable)



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  16. Enjoy
    The most important point in the whole interview i think is that he was rushed and could have used more time to polish and extend or improve upon.
    I never understood why Fox would wait 17 years and then rush the making of the movie from script to filming.


    I really am hoping disney creates a predator show for the streaming service disney is putting out or really well made R rated movies that hit the theater..that would be a way to do a lot of short stories taking place at any given point in time in history or space,  with the streaming service that is.

    Stan Winston Legend Studios and Disney/ fox working together is my only hope at this point.
    A streaming show you could change the actors and predators and setting and story every episode or every few episodes. It would be a way to put out a lot of stories that would be top notch on quality.
    But it would have to be star wars disney stan winston quality or nothing at all in my book.

  17. Wysps
    I’m really looking forward to listening to this, already enjoying people’s replies. Stoked  ;D

    Yeah, Predators really has hit a nerve with some people. While not my favorite, and it has its problems, I'm really surprised with the level of rage it has produced in some. Really surprised.

    THE BRODY (the raging bull of heroic pianists)

    WTF??  :laugh:


    I second this...what  :laugh: Though I take it as a compliment on Brody’s part.
  18. Voodoo Magic
    I appreciate the interview Hicks. And appreciate Nimrod is a Predator fan too.

    I just wish you got a chance to ask about the Bezerker's apparent change in size, indicated by the behind the scenes pics.

    But it was a fun listen regardless!

  19. Corporal Hicks
    Him trailer promised us....a HUNDRED PREDATORS FIGHTING THE BRODY (the raging bull of heroic pianists) and instead...only THREE?

    For starters, no, he didn't lie. This was a marketing decision and nothing to do with the director.

    Shane Black in his THE PREDATOR movie created THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR of the 21ST CENTURY. Fashioning it in the image of the Disney films if SUPERERO ADVENTURING. In this, no other film of this Predator franchise can have surpassed him, certainlu now this PredatorS film, made by the NIMROD OF HUNGARY

    And now I realize you're trolling.

    Let's actually discuss the interview and points raised please.
  20. Huhcf
    NIMROD ANALTALL...is a SUPER MEGA BIGTIME LIAR

    Him trailer promised us....a HUNDRED PREDATORS FIGHTING THE BRODY (the raging bull of heroic pianists) and instead...only THREE?

    Very boring film. To much talking and walking through jungle...like first movie not enough of THE PREDATOR which is what i paidand wanted to see. Not enough of the HEARTPOUNDING ACTION and DEATH DEFYING COMPUTER GRAPHICAL ENERGY BLASTERS thqt i have come yo expect and love, but always keeping it from becoming TO INTIMIDATING by allowing the characters to have the fun and make THE JOKES even in the face of certain doom. To show us that even in the DARKESKT OF TIMES we must show our best faces and go happily into the furure. In this we have found our true PINACLE OF CiNEMATOLOGICAL ART kniwn as THE MARVEL FILM EXTENDED CINEMATIC UNIVERSE of which i have watched from the time of a young child looking up at the Iron Man with wonderment and am a proud product of the Disney teachings.

    Shane Black in his THE PREDATOR movie created THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR of the 21ST CENTURY. Fashioning it in the image of the Disney films if SUPERERO ADVENTURING. In this, no other film of this Predator franchise can have surpassed him, certainlu now this PredatorS film, made by the NIMROD OF HUNGARY
  21. The1PerfectOrganism
    On ADI.
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    In terms of special effects stuff, their work on their first two films, Aliens and Alien the third, was their best.
  22. The Old One
    Because context is important and an edited or completely reconstructed post is required often.
    AVP Capcom, I don't agree at all.

    ADI's work is the worst it's ever been on AVP Requiem, and the film looked as though Asylum produced. Every design aspect apart from Wolf and the Predator technology is a complete disaster.

    Predators is a far superior film in every respect, but especially visually. Although I agree Predators marketing overpromised and underdelivered, it's nowhere near the travesty of Requiem.

    It's just honestly mediocre, in my opinion it's totally inoffensive and entertaining but rarely memorable.
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