While the big draw of the first movie in the Predator franchise was seeing the now iconic alien hunter do battle with the biggest ’80s action star (Arnold Schwarzenegger), there is no doubt that seeing the Predator pick off Arnie’s crew was also a huge part of why the movie was such a hit. Predator‘s effortless blend of sci-fi, action, and horror delivered on all levels and ensured that fans looking to see some seriously gruesome killings weren’t disappointed. The film was essentially a slasher movie set in the jungle, with a high-tech alien hunter instead of a masked psychopath.
The films that followed may have varied wildly in quality, but they all have one thing going for them–they continued to deliver the kills. The decision to set 1990’s Predator 2 in the urban jungle, namely “futuristic” Los Angeles (it’s set in 1997), provided the Predator with even more victims, and its increased selection of weaponry added plenty of variety to his kills. And although the next movie, Alien vs. Predator (2004), toned down some of the violence to get a PG-13 rating, Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) brought the gore levels back up and delivered some of the nastiest deaths of the franchise. The fifth movie in the series, 2010’s Predators, returned to the jungle. This time it was an alien planet where a group of assorted soldiers, violent criminals, and mercenaries assembled to take on the Predators with suitably bloody results.
The Predator is the latest entry in the series, and we already know that it will deliver the gory goods. In GameSpot’s The Predator review, Rafael Motamayor said that “those craving an R-rated The Predator will get their money’s worth, as spines get ripped out and every part of the human body is shredded to pieces at one point or another.” So to celebrate the latest addition to this gore-splattered franchise hitting theaters this week, here’s a look at the series’ most gruesome death scenes.