I'm a fan of the movies (mainly the first two, especially the second, and to some degree Predators) but I am not so much a fan of the "lore" and franchise surrounding them. Especially stuff like The Predator and the AVPs, what with all of these factions and ranks and whatnot.
Sci-fi horror in general is something that I absolutely love, though. And I love westerns as well, so if this new one can play into those elements and synthesize them into something that really delivers, then hardcore Predator fan or not, that sounds like a film that I can very much get into.
I mean, what is the point of having a unique alien race if they are just wearing the "kill everything" hat. Why should a highly intelligent and cognitive race should not have some degree of interesting culture and lore that differentiate itself from other aliens and creatures in media?
Again, the kill everything mentality works on Aliens but we are talking about Predators here. You can't fit that mindset on those beings. They aren't a hivemind like the xenos are.
Alien fans should just leave Predator lore be.
Hmm, given your response here, I think I may have explained my intent poorly. Let me rephrase.
What I like to see from Predator isn't a "kill everything" mentality, nor do I want to diminish the creatures' intelligence. They are clearly sentient creatures and should absolutely be treated as such.
The point I was trying to make in my earlier posts is more that I don't really care for the idea that the Predators (or "Yautja" if you will
) have one universal code of honor among their entire race. I just don't see any evidence of that in those first two films, and I feel that that kind of generalization of their entire species lessens them immensely. I do love that they are this race/gang/whatever of intergalactic assholes that go around from world to world killing things for sport, but I don't see anything "honorable" there. I prefer the idea that each individual in the species handles their hunts the way that they individually choose to (or the way that their particular "clan" chooses to), rather there being some code of honor that they all follow to a T.
But like you said, I'm an Alien fan first and foremost, and maybe my read on the Predator films isn't quite up to snuff. I am, by definition, very much a "casual" fan of the Predator films, and that just happens to be my read on the first couple movies and reflects what I personally would like to see explored in the next one.