Predator 2 (1990) The Hunter Returns And Sweaty Glover Is Ready To Rumble

This weeks video store rental action movie getting the nostalgic treatment is Predator 2 from 1990

The first tagline I’ll give a pass to but hang on a minute for a film of this budget it’s got some real terrible taglines. Check 2 and 3! WOW!

Tagline 1 –Silent. Invisible. Invincible. He’s in town with a few days to kill.

Tagline 2 –Pull over, park, and pray!” Seriously! really! someone came up with that??

Tagline 3 –Lions! Tigers! Bears! Oh my!” Holy shit! I don’t know what to even say! Shocking!

Who’s our hero today?
What with Arnold Schwarzenegger suffering radiation burns and blast wounds after his rumble in the jungle. It falls to mega sweaty Danny Glover to step up against the trophy collecting big game alien hunter.

Had I seen this one on VHS back in the day?
Oh hell yes. The feeling of anticipation for Predator 2 to hit the video stores was way too much. Some how I had missed it at the cinema. I can’t fathom why? Probably just down to the fact I was spending the little money I had on partying and getting wasted! What ever it was, I was psyched when I finally got to see it hit the shelves at the local video rental store.

Quick plot run down.
With a fierce turf war being waged between two Colombian and Jamaican drug cartels throughout the streets of Los Angeles the LAPD try to enforce justice. With a heatwave beating down on the City, a hunter watches as the carnage and bodies mount up as a ferocious shootout spreads out across the streets. The Predator sees what he’s traveled here for! Worthy trophies to hunt and kill. His species have come before. Earth brings with it the chance of good sport. One man had stood strong once before, a man called Dutch. The heat brings more anger and rage. The perfect accompaniment to hunt his prey. They will be lambs to the slaughter but hopefully they will give him a fight?

Does the hero have a day job?
Bad ass super cop Lieutenant Mike Harrigan (Danny Glover) from the Los Angeles Police Department perspires his way through the City streets as the humid temperatures just keep rising to unbearable to levels.

Mike Harrigan –OK pussyface, it’s your move.

What’s our heroes special skills?
He brings to the table the Danny Glover special. The ability to talk and mutter to himself through any perilous situation the movie throws at him. Need a pep talk Mikey? Scared of heights? Need to climb a fallen drainpipe high across an open cavern? Need some encouraging words to chase down a relentless killing a machine? Well Danny’s monologue will help to motivate you through any situation.

Heroes weapon of choice?
As this is Los Angeles of the future, 1997, Mike has his Desert Eagle Mark VII sidearm retro fitted with a mini laser sight. In fact his three cop buddies on his team all have different sidearms featuring unusual laser sight add-on’s.

Heroes drink of choice?
Damn man it’s so darn hot our Mike Harrigan just wants anything wet and cold.

Does hero have a sidekick?
Lieutenant Mike Harrigan has a cool little team behind him. He’s got the afro-cuban latin jazz star and tough cop Danny Archuleta (Rubรฉn Blades) on his right hand. On the left side he’s got the hot Latina firecracker Leona Cantrell (Maria Conchita Alonso) ready to crush balls with her bare hands. And flying his mouth off down the center stage is the wisecracking, joke telling Jerry Lambert (Bill Paxton) with a case of the squeezed nuts.

Jerry Lambert –Okay everybody, just take a deep breath. Loosen your sphincters. We don’t need any rush hour Rambos here.

Hot girl? Damsel in distress or ass kicker?
Maria Conchita Alonso is awesome as Leona the tough LAPD cop. She was Miss Venezuela and became a finalist in Miss World 1975. Been in many great movies with Extreme Prejudice (1987) and The Running Man (1987) being two top 80s ones I’ve reviewed. She still looking super sexy in her 60s but she may of got a case of LOCK DOWN fever? Check this bizarre wet fully clothed candlelit sensual bath singing video she posted up last month on YouTube HERE. Or even in the nude! Shabba!

Leona – (grabbing Jerry’s family jewels)Try that cowboy shit with me fucker and you can kiss these goodbye.

Who’s the main baddie?
He’s back! The Predator is back on the hunt. This time swapping the heat of the jungle for the melting pot of a city. This is another Predator. He’s jazzed up a little. He’s got more weapon’s, few more tribal tattoo’s and a slightly different helmet. One thing stay’s the same. He is still played by the 7 foot plus Kevin Peter Hall.

Baddies special skills?
Invisibility, heat and sound frequency scanner. A shoulder plasma cannon, wrist cannon, net gun, various death sticks, prongs and wrist blades. And if all else fails he got a small nuclear self destruct device as a big middle finger send off.

Psycho baddies rating out of ten? 10/10
All round death machine just read above to see how uneven that fight is.

Heroes balls of steel and anger ratings out of ten? 9/10
They maybe sweaty balls but Mike Harrigan’s hanging fruit are like cast iron wrecking balls.

Surely it features a training montage scene?
We get two little ones. Super cop Mike tooling up his weapons from the back of his squad car. Strapping guns and bulletproof plates to his chest. Then the Predator takes it one step further and shows off his trophy making skills. Using all his tools polishing up a nice new shiny skull for his front room mantelpiece.

Does it feature an impossible mission?
With the Predators weapons arsenal he brings to the fight the odds are massively stacked in his favour.

Does the hero get a chance to show off their muscles?
Don’t think he could of taken his shirt off if he tried. That was glued to him.

Will I be needing to pause the video player? AKA are there any boobies?
The proceedings start at 22.28 with an aerial shot through a penthouse window. See below for the more details on that scene. But not only do we get a pair of silicone valley’s but also a certain mammal Frank Drebin would be proud of.

Sex scene?
What ever the Colombian drug lord had pumping through his veins I want some! What with his lady friend losing her complete mind in a frantic frenzy in his penthouse. She put Meg Ryan from Harry Met Sally to shame that’s for sure! Shame for the ecstatic lady when her orgasmic fun came to an end when The Wailers from hell bum rush the show!

Any good totally random surprise scenes?
With a Cadillac Fleetwood Limousine pulling up sporting a zebra skin covered roof with massive clouds of smoke arising from windows. “You want some ganja, man?“. Mike gets driven to the secret hide out of the Voodoo Jamaican drug lord King Willie (Calvin Lockhart). No idea why this big boss man would be hiding out in this cesspit of an alleyway. Filled with rats, rubbish and stench. Then for his soldiers to leave him there on his own some. “You can’t see the eyes of the demon, until him come callin.‘”

Films body count? Low/Medium/High
It’s very brutal at times. Especially the scenes of hanging skinless bodies. What with gang member blowing each other away and the Mr Predator going on a hunting frenzy, the body count hits the top spot with a splat.

Best death scene?
The Predator’s fired razor wired net was a pretty crazy death scene but the award for best death is a spoiler alert!. In a dark wet and rat infested back alley King Willy meets Jah. I have to admit to thinking I remembered so much more of King Willy in the film. Felt sure he had a bigger role but no. Down comes the invisible city hunter. King Willy chants some babylon bloodclaat brimstone mantra’s as he screams with his head being carried away.

Explosion ratio? Low/Medium/High?
Cars, buildings and people blow up all over the shop.

How many stuntmen probably really died making this film?
There’s two that earn their money in the opening set piece of gun fighting chaos. Literally flying through an explosion ball of flames

Best Lines

Jerry – So I go in for my physical and the doctor says “I need a semen, stool and urine sample.” I say Gee Doc I’m in a big hurry! Can I just leave my underwear?

Any other familiar faces and actors pop up?
There’s lots to be honest but I’ll pick three.

Crazy Gary Busey is always a fun addition to any action film. Here he plays Special Agent Peter Keyes. Pretending to be a DEA agent tasked to bring down the drug lords. However in fact his special task force is trying to capture the Predator. Films from Gary Busey that have so far made it on my Wolfman Cult Film Blog are Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973), Soldier (1998) and Under Siege (1992) sure he will be making more appearances.

Adam Baldwin plays one of Busey’s right-hand men. He pops up all over the place. From Independence Day (1996) Full Metal Jacket (1987) and TV series Firefly, The X-Files and most recent The Last Ship.

Calvin Lockhart plays King Willie with big fake dreads and a big JA accent. Strangely I was sure he had a much larger role but I was wrong. He only has one key scene. It’s a pretty iconic Predator scene too. Calvin Lockhart appears in A Dandy In Aspic (1968), Cotton Comes To Harlem (1970), Let’s Do It Again (1975) and one I hope to review and watch again one day soon Leo The Last (1970). Plus I really want to see Melinda (1972)

Production Credits
Predator 2 was directed by Stephen Hopkins who had directed a few not so great films before like Dangerous Game (1988) A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) so I can imagine it was a massive task to take on this project. He did a pretty grand job. He would later make Blown Away (1994) and (I actually kind of liked it, yeah I know it’s a turkey) Lost in Space (1998).

The Predator was created by brothers Jim and John Thomas. They also wrote the screenplays for this and the original Arnie one.

Fun fact
Gary Busey’s character was going to be an option for Arnold Schwarzenegger to reprise his role as Dutch from the first film. But he declined the offer.

Cheese-O-Meter! Low/Medium/High?
If it wasn’t for the gangs all being way over the top stereotypical characters then Predator 2 would score a low cheese rating. So in good faith I’m going to have to push the dial into the low medium position. Feel free to move meter to please your cheese needs.

IMDB score rating – 6.3/10

Wolfman ACTION & FUN rating – 9/10

Wolfman over all film rating – 7.5/10

Closing thoughts………………………………………….
Ok it’s not a patch on the roids and macho rage of the first Predator (1987). It does in my eyes hold itself up as a worthy sequel and at least it tries to be different. It was a nice touch to give Danny Glover the leading action role. It’s always hard to see past his Lethal Weapon character Roger Murtaugh but that’s no bad thing. Gary Busey is his usual bonkers but is toned down a few notch’s here. I wonder what the film would of been like with Arnie’s Dutch being involved. Surely his screen time would of been more than Busey’s and how would that of effected Danny Glover’s role? We will never know. This was probably my forth watch and I still very much enjoyed it.

PS Keep you eyes on that trophy cabinet. There’s the elongated skull of a xenomorph on the wall.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts on the film if you want. But most importantly have fun with the movies.

Keep it filmy…. Mikey Wolf.

28 thoughts on “Predator 2 (1990) The Hunter Returns And Sweaty Glover Is Ready To Rumble

  1. Jeez, I thought for sure I’d seen this one way back when, but your review reminds me of NOTHING…it’s ALL new to me. Maybe I skipped it because Arnold wasn’t in it, but it still sounds fun in an “1980s actiony” kind of way, and having Bill Pullman in there being Bill Pullman doesn’t hurt.

    But WFT is going on with those two links! Good lord! The first one I thought, uh oh, she’s going to stand up…oh wait, she’s got clothes on, of course they’re not going to show her naked in a bathtub. And then, I went to Link #2…

    And by the way, just a head’s up…I didn’t realize Adam Baldwin was in a psych-ward remake of that 1987 Vietnam war film directed by Stanley Kubrick!

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    • yeah this feels pure late 80s. The opening set piece is pretty spectacular. There’s a few key scenes that boost it up a long the way. The tube chaos is good. The very end sequence is worth the money alone if you’re a Predator fan I think. Defo worth watching I’d say for some mindless but brutal and bloody action. Plus plenty of laughs at the over the top gang members running around.

      Those video’s are amazing aren’t they! One of things I love so much about doing these post is going off and doing a little research and finding little gems. I wasn’t expecting to find two recent “gems”! Brilliant. Good lord indeed LOL..

      “Animal Mother”. Not sure I know the connection with the Adam Baldwin psych-ward remake? Damn it, it’s some reference I’m gonna kick myself with isn’t it!

      PS I know didn’t mean that Bill. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • It took me a second when you wrote ‘didn’t mean that Bill’…ha, what a doofus I am! But trust me, I’ve made this same mistake before, getting my Pullmans and Paxtons mixed up, only I’ve caught it and corrected it in the past…not this time!

        The question now being, of course: would Bill Pullman have been a better choice for the part?

        And what’s funny is, the ‘psych ward’ comment was alerting you to the same type of, ahem, ‘faux pas’ that I’d made! Take a look at that list of Adam Baldwin movies in your review above, and check out that Kubrick title. Now we both can say, DERF!

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        • Now that’s hilarious! LOL We’re a couple for doofus’s that for sure. Or maybe cunning geniuses? We put the little mistakes in to keep each other on our toes. Add a little chance of some good bants and giggles..
          I would of never noticed. Funny I had even read it again from the first comment. DOH. LOL Full “Mental” Jacket. I’ll put it here and change the original that way when the future overlords have taken over they will read this and go HAHAHA those primitive apes were actually pretty entertaining. Shame we ate all their brains!

          Gotta be Paxton every time. He’s here purely for comic relief. Constantly telling jokes and sexual innuendos.

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          • Ha, now your comment is making me laugh! I keep thinking about that ‘new’ title, and picturing an army guy putting on a jacket, and then, well…going mental. And yes, smart move, adding the original to the comment, for the sake of our alien overlords!

            And don’t forget those other Kubrick classics: The Shindig, A Clockwork Orangutan, and Eyes Wide Slut.

            And, yes…I, uh, agree…we put those mistakes in there ON PURPOSE, to…um…well, to see…if anyone would notice! Yeah!

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            • haha that’s a film I wanna see. A slutty wide eyed clockwork orangutan having a shindig. Maybe we could contact the Kubrick estate to see how the film rights would go if we both decided to make it. I’ll draft up a letter. Todd and Mikey Film Productions LTD

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  2. I can tell you love this one, Mickey. I respect the Wolfie meters. “Action & Fun” and “Overall.” Who cares what IMDB says?
    I respect that you couldn’t go solid 8 on the overall, though you surely wanted to. Restraint. Not easy for a Wolfman. But we are all getting more discerning these days.
    The sweatiness…sounds like Pred 2 was made in the 70s. Everybody was sweaty in the movies and on TV then. Especially on TV. Too many drugs. Maybe Danny was having an 80s cocaine hangover and they wrote in the humidity angle as a cover? Of course the predator(s) are warm environment creatures…I hope Jerry gets the guts squeezed out of him…I love Bill Paxton the actor (God rest his soul) but his dialogue. He’s gotta go. Probably won’t get to see his hopeful demise, though…I’m going to pass on this one in spite of the Action & Fun and Overall Wolfie meters, at my on peril, I’m sure. Your review is a perfect 10. It will abide.

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    • It’s not a patch on the Arnie one but with a gang that also featured Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jess Ventura and of course “Billy” Sonny Landham it would be hard to beat. I like the fact they tried something different bringing it to the city. A nice touch having Danny Glover in the lead role and having him go toe to toe with that monster.
      I like to think I’m fair with my ratings. 8 would of been too much. I do tend to be a little kinder.
      It’s a bit of a mess in places. But you can’t deny the Action and Fun levels are real high. Lots of good nods, easter eggs and a real special moment at the end.
      Yeah everyone was sweaty in the 70s. Just thinking about films from the era I now can’t get a wet armpit out of my mind! Was deodorant invented back then? LOL.
      HAHA Danny’s secret is out!
      Bill Paxton is added for comic relief. yeah of course he gets it. I will always love him. “Game over man, game over”
      Thanks Pam
      Mikey

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      • Haha M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E I don’t mind to be honest.
        My Dad called me it when I was born much to my Mum’s disdain. “It’s Michael sweet Michael” she would say! Little did she expect her sweet little boy to be running around in the wolf suit howling at the moon! Oppps I might of just broken the 4th wall there.
        Thing is if I change the name now none of this comment will make sense. OK I know it doesn’t anyhow! lol

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      • If I could write a comment on you page it would be this.

        Haha it’s me and Miss Grier with my Texas beer hat on. I so love the name and logo “Lone Star”.
        I’m really rather humbled that you used my little homage to My Favourite Things too.
        What a great idea, a page filled with Random Ruminations.
        Of course I love that furies poster. How darn cool is Paul Newman resting against the Cadillac!. Good to see Miss Winehouse and your very own home grown Matthew McConaughey. I need to go investigate more into Brenda Starr. And best of all I wanna taste some of Prince’s Hot Chicken.
        Thanks for making me blush on a Friday ready for the weekend Pam. Big smile.
        All the best
        Mikey

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  3. Great review Wolfie ๐Ÿ™‚ While I still prefer the 1987 original, Predator 2 is still good and whether the movie is great or not, it is always fun to watch these 80’s action movies with the big guns, the cartoonish violence and the hot girls ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Sorry, I’m not a fan of this movie. Great cast but the story is so-so. I think Predator (a wonderful sci-fi/horror movie!) is one of those movies that has never had a great sequel. Anyhow, like you said, it does get brownie points for trying something different. And it is never boring.

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    • No need to apologise buddy. It’s not that good but enjoyable enough esp being at the tail end of the 80s and beginning of the 90s. Its brash and silly. Funny they made it 1997 and added a few touches with the jazzed up sidearms and adding a few futuristic box cars here and there. But they defo got bored and bet run out of the budget because they are so few you hardly notice them.
      It’s crazy to think Shane Black had the golden ticket. To right all the sequel wrongs with a smashed right out the park awesome movie. Then he dropped the ball and somehow made the worse one, I can’t see how that was even possible. FFS LOL….

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      • Shame on Shane! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seriously, I thought he was going to save the franchise. Nope. You are right, he managed to make the worst one yet! I’m still hoping for a direct sequel to the original. Perhaps Arnie’s Dutch as a tough old geezer who leaves a VA nursing home to fight for humanity one last time. [laugh]

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        • My mini review from April last year.

          “Dear god what on Earth was Shane Black thinking? You know what, I had heard so much bad shit on this film that Iโ€™d vowed never to watch it. …… Was in a funny mood and wanted something rubbish to watch. Fook it I went for it. I was drinking, quite heavily I must add. You know what! I kind of went with it, laughing most the way through it and generally saying every five minutes. โ€œYou gotta be shitting meโ€. It served my mood well, it really is bad but it entertained me. Going in with ZERO expectations is the way to do it. So shit, itโ€™s shit shit but some of the shit is somehow funny shit! Remember lots of booze ffs.” 5.5/10

          Yes a direct sequel. They say in the folklore that he did survive but was mashed up covered with radiation burns. Sure they can come up with a good script, who’s a great scriptwriter? Yes get Shane Black on the phone! Uh yeah! Actually scrub that idea!

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  5. I remember back in the day when I proudly grabbed the VHS rental off the shelf it was the Gary Busey factor pulling me in and I was disappointed he wasn’t a bigger part of the movie. At least thats the way I recall that first viewing. That last picture you posted i swear looks like its meant to be a promo for an all new Ghostbusters cast and lastly when it comes to Calvin Lockhart you forgot to mention what should be his most important title in your world. The Beast Must Die. 1975 flick I’ve loved since repeated viewing as a child on late night TV.

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    • Yeah the Gary Busey factor. Have you seen the trailer for his new series Pet Judge! They are playing off the crazy Busey factor maxed out to eleven. BONKERS!
      It was interesting to read that his part was essentially written for Arnie’s Dutch to come back. There’s no way Arnie’s part would of been that small so I wonder what would of happened. Esp to Danny Glover’s screen time.
      Haha yes that promo picture has very much a Ghostbusters feel LOL
      OOoooo I didn’t really miss The Beast Must Die as I’ve never heard of it until right now!!! You can hear my ancestors howling across the lands as I sheepishly shut the windows and pull down the blinds in the lair!
      It’s now on the list. Thank you.

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      • That’s a riot! Go Gary Go. Have you ever seen the outtakes of Grown Ups with Gary? A riot as are many of his Buseyisms. And what’s with you not being aware of The Beast Must Die? Just got it on blu ray and am looking forward to a revisit and of course digging out my original one sheet for a show and tell.

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        • I haven’t seen Grown Ups!! But I’m gonna go investigate if I can find the outtakes. Buseyisms need to be included in the Oxford Dictionary.
          Very much looking forward to the review of the Beast Must Die. OOooo and the one sheet too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Saw this when it came out and liked it because it was funny as hell and went in the opposite direction the first film did. I do see why some dislike it, though. Still, it’s better than the post Predator 2 films, especially that last one.

    And MAN, you had me looking for Maria in my bathtub as a guest, but all I got was a clogged drain and some old hair that had to be snaked out. Detective Wolf, I salute you!

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    • Hi Greg. Yeah it’s a great fun film. Haha yes lots of big laughs, not all intentional. Bill Paxton and his wise cracking mouth always a joy to have on screen. Plus Gary Busey is the icing on the cake.

      Haha so funny you had a sneaky look at Maria in the bathtub. When I looked to see what she was doing now I couldn’t believe and smiled from ear to ear. She had early lock down fever. The wonders of the internet and she made this wolf a happy man ๐Ÿ™‚

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