Half boy, half monkey, bananas about movies.
I actually watched the remake some time ago, having never seen the original. No idea why. Anyway, the remake is terrible. The original isn't it. I was pleasantly surprised to see in the opening credits that the screenplay was penned by one of my favourite crime authors, Donald E. Westlake. So no surprise that this film is very tightly plotted without an ounce of fat on its bones. All held together by a superb performance from Terry O' Quinn.
Pity the poor actors in A Horrible Way To Die. They do a pretty great job, especially Amy Seimetz as the alcoholic ex-girlfriend of a serial killer who's escaped from jail.
All her efforts are virtually undone by a director who can't keep the camera still for more than a second. Or who thinks it's so cool to have out-of-focus objects in the foreground for every other shot.
Drinking game: every time the camera loses focus and pans downwards at…
Film through the years is littered with quotable lines, not least the original Predator. “Get to da choppa!” and “Jeez! You got a big pussy!” are just two examples of Hollywood script writing at it’s absolute best.
Aside from that, it’s one of the few films where Arnie is upstaged, almost. And by a seven foot guy in a rubber suit. One of the most iconic designs in cinema history, the Predator has unfortunately been relegated to starring in a…