I watched this way too young and it scared the shit out of me. Now it's been fifteen years since I last saw Predator and it's hitting even harder than I ever knew it could.
Now it reads like a violent, methodical, And surgically precise takedown of masculinity itself. It reads like a spring loaded trap set to symbolically disembowel the American imperial military machine. It reads a hell of a lot smarter than it appears at first glance, because it is.
Of course, beyond all that, it's still a rip roaring action-horror hybrid that fucks with any and all competition thirty years on.