What Could Have Been #16: Predator

What Could Have Been #16: Predator

As a fan of film, I love exploring behind the scenes. Reading about the production process, the special effects and the stories of what could have been.

I regard the original Predator film as not only one of Arnold Schwarzenegger best movies but also as one of the best action films around, certainly of the 1980’s. It introduced us to one of the most iconic screen monsters that would continue to expand in the media with further films, comics and computer games to name but a few.

But as you know from this column, it could have been a very different. The final predator design was created by the late Stan Winston. He was the special effect genius behind such films as Aliens and Jurassic Park. Before his design made it to the screen there was another, very different looking creature.

This monster was designed and built before Stan was asked to come up with his predator design because they realised the original predator wasn’t working in regards to its presence on film.


The original predator alien as designed by Boss Film Studios

I won’t say anymore as it will spoil the video below. Watch the story of what happened on the shoot, as told by special effects technician Steve Johnson, and which star was placed inside the original predator suit, long before he made his name in the movies.




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John Abbitt

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@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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