These days, if you’re a little kid in a sci-fi/fantasy story, it’s wise to avoid areas and objects that pique your curiosity. Otherwise, you could end up in the clutches of a homicidal supernatural clown, trapped in a malignant alternate dimension, or in the case of the lad in this trailer for The Predator, summoning a squad of people-hunting space aliens to your typically mundane suburban community.
This inaugural look at writer-director Shane Black’s The Predator hit the webs on Thursday, and it clearly scans as a contemporary update of the ol’ Arnold Schwartzenegger vehicle. In its opening moments, child actor Jacob Tremblay plays with Predator accessories stashed away in a cardboard box, understandably mistaking the human-killin’ gear for a totally bitchin’ batch of toys.
It’s hard not to roll your eyes at how closely that scene mirrors Stranger Things and IT, but eh, just because the marketing looks a bit derivative of recently-successful horror properties doesn’t mean the whole movie’s like that.
This Predator cast includes Yvonne Strzechowski (a.k.a. Serena Waterford, who’s somehow even less likeable than her awful dickhead husband on The Handmaid’s Tale) Olivia Munn (a.k.a. would’ve made a great Psylocke in a better movie than X-Men: Apocalypse) and Keegan-Michael Key (a.k.a. the guy we all incorrectly assumed would become the more famous half of Key & Peele), which is a promising gathering of actors, for sure.
Deadline reports that the plot entails the predators coming back to Earth following the events of Predator 2, a cadre of mercenaries charged with defending humanity from the threat, and something-or-other to do with predators upgrading themselves with DNA plucked from lately-conquered species. It’s hitting the big screens on September 17th, and fans have every reason to be optimistic. Even if The Predator isn’t great, it’ll have to be something very, very special to go down in history as the worst Predator movie ever.