May 3, 1991: Predator 2 and The Hard Way in UK cinemas

“SILENT. INVISIBLE. INVINCIBLE. HE’S COMING TO TOWN WITH A FEW DAYS TO KILL.”

Amidst a territorial gang war in 1997, a sophisticated alien hunter stalks the citizens of Los Angeles and the only man between him and his prey is veteran L.A.P.D. officer, Lieutenant Mike Harrigan.

Predator_2-1991Predator 2 is a 1990 American science fiction action film written by brothers Jim and John Thomas, directed by Stephen Hopkins, and starring Danny Glover, Ruben Blades, Gary Busey, María Conchita Alonso, Bill Paxton and Kevin Peter Hall. The film is a sequel to 1987’s Predator, with Peter Hall reprising the title role of the Predator.

The film received negative reviews, despite gaining a moderate return at the box office grossing $57 million worldwide, and it was considered a disappointment compared to the previous film’s $98 million gross on a smaller production budget. It has since become a cult film among fans.

Due to a dispute over salary, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who starred as “Dutch” in the 1987 Cinema-UK-05-03-1991afilm, declined to return to the sequel. In Predator 2, the main Predator was designed to look more urban and hip than its predecessor. Design changes included tribal ornamentation on the forehead, which was made steeper and shallower, brighter skin coloration and a greater number of fangs. Describing the new Predator’s design, Stan Winston said, “Broad concept’s the same. The difference is, this is a different individual. A different individual of the same species. As in a snake is a snake, but different snakes are different. Their colorings are different, different parts of their characteristics, their facial structures, subtle differences.” The MPAA initially gave Predator 2 an NC-17 rating, so several cuts were made to bring it down to an R rating. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Forever Horror YouTube Channel.

“THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY. THESE TWO ARE GOING TO GET ALONG…THE HARD WAY.”

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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating. [IMDB]

The Hard Way is an American action comedy film directed by John Badham, and starring Michael J. Fox and James Woods. Annabella Sciorra, Luis Guzmán, LL Cool J, Delroy Lindo, Christina Ricci, Mos Def, and Kathy Najimy appear in supporting roles. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the Movieclips Trailer Vault YouTube Channel.

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