All eyes will be on the box come Friday with the highly-anticipated premiere of small-screen “Predator” prequel “Prey”.
While the consensus is the film delivers – and then some! – suggesting a cameo by ‘Dutch’ (Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character from the original ’87 film) isn’t needed here at all (whereas that might have improved some of the piss-weak sequels), that hasn’t stopped fans from pondering just how the ‘prequel’ connects to the John McTiernan-directed original.
According to director Dan Trachtenberg, it doesn’t. Well, to be accurate, the film doesn’t so much connect to the original “Predator” as it does share tissue with the underrated 1990 sequel.
Here’s the chat from Uproxx :
So I’d never seen Predator 2 all the way through. So I watched it yesterday. I didn’t realize Predator 2 is the beginning of Prey when a Predator gives the pistol from 1715 to Danny Glover. So I’m glad I watched it. But do you want people to watch Predator 2 first?
I think that gun in that reference, it also inspired the Aliens vs. Predator franchise, that end sequence. You know?
It did. I have something to say about that, but go ahead.
So I think that – and I guess you didn’t remember that from the movie – that somehow that did seem to permeate a little bit, for me was how we arrived on our date.
I had never seen it in full. I had no idea that scene was even in there. People don’t really talk about Predator 2 much anymore. I saw Prey first…
What’s your feeling on the AVP? The way Predator 2 linked to AVP?
So I was reading about it after I watched it. It seems the effects people also worked on Aliens, so they thought it would be funny just to throw that in there. But it feels like the next obvious story was about the pistol, not a Xenomorph and Predator fighting each other.
Randomly, a Predator is handing a pistol to a human for no reason, we should explore what this means seems like the better story to take from the end of Predator 2.
So there you have it, if you were to watch any of the sequels or spin-offs to the classic “Predator” ahead of the release of “Prey”, “Predator 2” would be a worthwhile one to add to your watch list.