5 Predator Vs. Match-Ups We’re Dying to See


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Nearly 30 years ago, we were introduced to one of the strongest, most formidable villains to ever fall from the sky. Equipped with a cloaking device, a seemingly unlimited arsenal, and combat training that was beyond superhuman, the alien from 1987’s Predator was destined for battle royales that crossed multiple franchises. And sure enough, after years of splashy comic depictions and 16-bit hypotheses, Predator took on the xenomorphs from the Alien franchise in the 2004 geek-baiting actioner, Alien vs. Predator. But all the movie did was stoke up the flames of possibility and generate more fan-fictional melees with other iconic rivals.

So in the interest of mashing cinematic universes like a crazed studio executive, here are five Predator match-ups we’d love to see on the big screen.

5. Pinhead Vs. Predator

Pinhead Vs. Predator

Mike Schuster/New World Pictures/ 20th Century Fox

Who better to match wits with a being from another planet than a being from another dimension? Pinhead, the breakout baddie from Hellraiser, is one of only a few characters that has both the brains and supernatural brawn to fight the one-alien army. Able to teleport, resist projectiles, and summon hooks and chains for gruesome mutilation, The Bringer of Pain can’t be taken out by your average, everyday shoulder-mounted plasma caster.

4. Batman Vs. Predator

Batman Vs. Predator

Mike Schuster/Warner Bros. Pictures/20th Century Fox

We’ve already witnessed how well the Dark Knight could handle himself against the Predator in the all-too-brief short film Batman: Dead End. But to see that standoff expanded and played out over the course of 120 minutes would be a brutal delight. And heck, if producers wanted to continue the themes and also throw in the Joker and a few dozen xenomorphs, who are we to say no?

3. Ash Vs. Predator

Ash Vs. Predator

Mike Schuster/Universal Pictures/20th Century Fox

If there’s anyone who knows a thing or two about battling other-worldly creatures, it’s Ash from the Evil Dead series. Quick with the quip yet slow on the uptake, Bruce Campbell’s beloved character would present a conflict that was as visually dynamic as it was amusing. After all, what good is a fan-driven movie match-up if it isn’t brimming with fun?

2. Indiana Jones Vs. Predator

Indiana Jones Vs. Predator

Mike Schuster/Paramount Pictures/20th Century Fox

Intergalactic mercenary might versus 1940s all-American gumption? Yeah, we’re in. Injecting Predator into Indiana Jones’ pulpy serial world may seem like too disparate of a combo — and yes, we all remember what happened when aliens were introduced to the franchise — but that would be underestimating the ingenuity of a globetrotting archaeologist who once killed a battalion of Nazis with ghosts.

1. RoboCop Vs. Predator

RoboCop Vs. Predator

Mike Schuster/Orion Pictures/20th Century Fox

One 1987 cinematic icon versus another, this is one graphic brawl that would probably retain RoboCop’s original X-rating. And yet, it’s a premise that could break box office records: the hero cyborg cop tasked to take out a marauding alien serial killer set against the mean streets of a futuristic, crime-ridden Detroit. Add some late-’80s Verhoeven satire and a ruthless Kurtwood Smith, and we’re ready to reserve our tickets now.

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Documentary Now! Robert Evans Mansion

The Reel Deal

Everything You Need To Know About “Mr. Runner Up” Inspiration Robert Evans

Watch the two-part finale of Documentary Now! this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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In its upcoming two-part finale, Documentary Now! spoofs the crown jewel of docs: The Kid Stays In The Picture. It’s the autobiographical documentary about Robert Evans, the unlikely Hollywood mogul whose mix of self-aggrandizing bravado, classic good looks and extremely circumstantial good luck took him from being a salesman to an actor to the head of Paramount Pictures.

If you’ve never seen the film, it’s totally worth it. Rotten Tomatoes agrees, with a staggeringly-high approval rating. Watch it before, or watch it after — doesn’t matter. You’ll appreciate it whenever.

In the meantime, here’s a bit of background that will come in handy…

Robert Loves Robert

Robert Evans desk

USA Films/Everett Collection

Robert Evans is the ultimate Robert Evans fan. The movie was narrated by Robert Evans and based on his memoir of the same name. It is totally unbiased.

He’s Kind Of A Big Deal

Robert Evans, Chinatown
Paramount Pictures

Evans produced some of Hollywood’s true classics: Chinatown, Rosemary’s Baby, The Godfather, Love Story…the list goes on. Totally legit and amazing movies.

He’s Also Kind Of A Joke

Wag The Dog
New Line Cinema

Evans has been parodied in TV shows and movies like Entourage and Wag The Dog. He is the quintessential “producer” you already have in your head.

So Wrong He’s Right

Robert Evans Slap
20th Century Film Corp

Robert Evans is a notorious narcissist whose love of self is so blind and sincere that it’s actually adorable.

There’s Something Missing

via Giphy

Entire sections of Robert Evans’ life are left out of the documentary. Maybe it’s because of timing. Maybe it’s because real life isn’t a tidy narrative. Who knows.

He Blew It

Spider coke

Evans had a pretty spectacular fall from grace. He was convicted of cocaine trafficking in the early 80’s, and was connected to a contract killing during the production of The Cotton Club. Oops.

Losing Is For Losers

Everett Collection
Everett Collection

In the Robert Evans mythology, all tragedies are just triumphs in disguise, and every story has a happy ending…for Robert Evans.

Bill Hader Jerry Wallach

With these simple facts in hand you are now prepared to thoroughly enjoy the two-part finale of Documentary Now! starting this Wednesday at 10/9c on IFC.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

Portlandia Toni Screaming GIF

Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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