Date Released: 21st November 1990
Directed By: Stephen Hopkins
Written By: Jim & John Thomas
Tagline: Silent. Invisible. Invincible.
Length: 108 Minutes
- Kevin Peter Hall as The Predator
- Danny Glover as Lieutenant Mike Harrigan
- Gary Busey as Special Agent Peter Keyes
- Ruben Blades as Detective Danny Archuleta
- María Conchita Alonso as Detective Leona Cantrell
- Bill Paxton as Detective Jerry Lambert
- Robert Davi as Deputy Chief Phil Heinemann
- Adam Baldwin as Garber
- Kent McCord as Captain B. Pilgrim
- Morton Downey, Jr. as Tony Pope
- Calvin Lockhart as King Willie
In the sequel to the Predator movie, a new Predator travels to Los Angeles to hunt for fun. Directed by Stephen Hopkins, who later went onto direct Lost in Space, the film is set in 1997 and Los Angeles has been overrun by angry Columbian and Jamaican gangs. When Lt. Mike Harrigan, played by Danny Glover, and his team find a room with Colombian bodies, they think the Jamaicans are innocent of this crime because of the way the people were killed.
Later when a few Jamaicans are killed in the exact same way, they start to wonder that there’s someone or something else killing these people. Before Harrigan and his team can investigate, a government agent, played by Gary Busey, warns them off and when Harrigan’s partner dies like the gangs, he ignores his orders and decides to investigate himself.
The predator in Predator 2 was designed to look more urban and hip than the one in Predator. They added a tribal ornamentation on the forehead, brighter skin and added more fangs. In terms of casting, Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked to reprise his role as Dutch Schaefer in Predator 2 but said he didn’t like setting the film in a city.
It was then reported in June 2011 when producer John Davis said the the deal broke down when Schwarzenegger had asked for $250,000 more than what they offered him. In the end, he chose to do Terminator 2 instead. The character was rewritten as the role of Agent Peter Keyes. Elpidia Carrillo reprised her role as Anna from Predator but the two scenes she was in were cut and she only appeared on a video screen in Agent Keye’s trailer.
Filming officially began on February 20, 1990 and ended in June 1990.
Predator 2 was originally rated NC17 because of the extreme violence. There were more graphic and gory shots of mutilated bodies and decapitations by the predator. A few more scenes were cut out including a subplot involving Maria’s pregnancy and the chase sequence was longer when Harrigan follows the predator to the slaughterhouse. The film was edited down and received a R Rating from the MPAA. To this day, the NC17 version still hasn’t been released on any media releases.
Predator 2 was released on November 21, 1990 and it entered the U.S. box office at number 4, grossing $8 million. It grossed $30 million domestically and its worldwide total was $57,120,318. While it made more money than its budget, it will still considered a disappointment when compared to the previous film.
Like the original Predator, it received generally negative reviews from film critics. It currently has a 25% Rotten rating on RottenTomatoes based on 24 reviews. Most of them did however praise Danny Glover’s performance as Harrigan. Like the first film, Predator 2 has developed a cult following and many fans of the series really like the film.
Predator 2 was originally released on VHS in 1996 and later came to DVD in 2001. The original DVD release was a barebones release and didn’t contain any special features. 20th Century Fox then released a 2-Disc Special Edition in 2005 which contained audio commentaries from director Stephen Hopkins, and writers Jim and John Thomas, as well as many behind-the-scenes and special effects featurettes.
Throughout the 2000s, Predator 2 has been re-released many times and part of many boxsets incorporating Alien vs Predator, AvP Requiem and Predators. The most notable boxset was the Predator Deluxe Head released in December 2006 which included Predator, Predator 2 and Alien vs Predator. Predator 2 was released on bluray in November 2008 and included all the features of the Special Edition DVD.
A Predator 2 novelization was written by Simon Hawke and released December 1, 1990. It gave a little more information about what happened to Dutch from Predator. Agent Keyes said he was hospitalised from radiation sickness but escaped and never seen again. The novel tells a lot of the story from the predator’s point of view such as how it felt humiliated when Harrigan removed its mask and why it didn’t kill Cantrell due to her pregnancy.
A Predator 2 video game was also released for the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1992. It was published by Acclaim and developed by Teeny Weeny Games. It’s an action game where you can guide Harrigan through seven levels as he tracks the predator and deals with drug gangs. NECA have released numerous action figures based on Predator 2. Hot Toys have also released various Predator 2 figures including the City Hunter Predator, the Shadow Predator, the Guardian Predator and the Elder Predator.