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From The Vault: PREDATOR 2 (1990)

FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.

In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee discuss PREDATOR 2 starring Danny Glover, Bill Paxton, Gary Busey, Maria Conchita Alonso, and Adam Baldwin.

Los Angeles is enduring a heat wave and a crime wave, so the pressure on police officer Michael Harrigan (Danny Glover) to solve a strange string of murders is mounting. Harrigan thinks the culprit can be found among the warring gangs and drug cartels, but FBI Special Agent Peter Keyes (Gary Busey) knows the horrible truth: Their killer is a fearsome extraterrestrial (Kevin Peter Hall) with keen hunting abilities that include superior night vision and the power to make itself invisible.

> PREDATOR 2 was submitted to the MPAA over twenty times, according to Stephen Hopkins, because of more graphic shots of mutilated bodies and decapitations.

> The studio preferred Patrick Swayze and Steven Seagal for the role of ‘Harrigan’. Swayze declined having recently injured himself during the filming of ROAD HOUSE, and director Stephen Hopkins vetoed the idea of Seagal as the lead. A couple years later, Seagal headlined the Jamaican-themed action picture MARKED FOR DEATH.

> According to Screenwriters Jim Thomas and John Thomas, a Predator sequel had not been planned, and they had to wait to see how successful the Predator comic book series would be. After the series was a hit, Producer Joel Silver was finally able to convince Fox to make the sequel, which was immediately greenlit.

> John Lithgow was Stephen Hopkins' first choice for Peter Keyes, but Joel Silver pushed for Gary Busey instead.

> The plot underwent a few changes in its earliest stages. Gary Busey's character, Keyes, was actually intended to be Dutch, Arnold Schwarzenegger's character from the first film. Schwarzenegger was very outspoken against the sequel's concept, feeling that taking it into the city was a bad idea, and declined the role.

> The USELESS KNOWLEDGE portion of this review was provided by IMDB.

Posted by J. Bryant

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