All 6 ‘Predator’ Movies Ranked, Including ‘The Predator’

We’ve been getting “Predator” movies for more than three decades at this point, and Fox is hoping that Shane Black’s “The Predator” will give the franchise a much-needed nudge to keep it going for a while longer. So …

We’ve been getting “Predator” movies for more than three decades at this point, and Fox is hoping that Shane Black’s “The Predator” will give the franchise a much-needed nudge to keep it going for a while longer. So how does the new flick stand up against all the “Predator” movies that have come before?

6. “Predators” — This is the only one of these movies that I actively dislike. It’s just boring and weirdly dour. “Predators” is ultimately too moody to really be fun, and that’s immensely frustrating.

5. “Alien vs. Predator” — I quite like Paul WS Anderson’s crossover with the “Alien” franchise, but there’s no denying that it’s held back by its PG-13 rating. The gore is constantly just offscreen, leaving you with a nagging feeling that something was missing the whole time.

4. “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” — “Requiem” gets a bum rap because it has the feel in a lot of ways like a direct-to-video sequel. But it’s so gross and fun that I could never dislike it.

3. “Predator” – Just a really fun 80s action movie. In a vacuum I might rank it higher, but Arnold was in so many bizarre and awesome action movies that this one feels a little bit mundane in comparison to the rest of his filmography. And also in comparison to the other “Predator” movies.

2. “Predator 2” — I prefer Danny Glover’s battle with a Predator over the original because the novelty value is much higher, being set in LA. It’s sheer madness, and I love it.

1. “The Predator” — It may be a controversial pick, but I don’t care. Shane Black’s movie is a mess, but it’s totally gleeful, totally fun and totally funny. It’s a great time, so long as you remember this is an awesome trashy franchise.