The Alien vs. Predator franchise has spawned comics, books, video games, action figures and of course, two films. These films, released in 2004 and 2007 were not very good. The 2004 film directed by Paul W.S. Anderson was a lacklustre science fiction thriller and despite having one or two good ideas (I really liked the Antarctica setting and the first fight between the Alien and Predator was awesome) the film as a whole just did not click. The 2007 film, Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem was a complete and utter disaster that has all but buried the AvP franchise since its release.
While Anderson’s film had a family rated PG-13 certificate, the Brothers Strause film was a hard R-rated gruesome horror show and was widely panned proving that upping the gore stakes was never going to be the proper solution to Anderson’s tame movie. So it seems like the two films went from one extreme to another but neither was able to find a balance between action and audience marketing. It did not help that Requiem was an extremely poor film with shockingly bad lighting that ruined even the slightest bit of fun as you can’t even see the creatures or what is happening half the time.
It seems that it was just not meant to be. But why not? Surely having two of the greatest science fiction villains in big screen history on screen together should be the perfect recipe for 90 minutes of fun nonsense at the very least? From the two attempts that have been made to adapt this franchise onto the big screen, they have failed to get the balance between action and suspense, horror and gore and most importantly having a solid and entertaining characters who we can invest in (and not a Ripley or Dutch knockoff) between the scenes of carnage. Despite there being no official word on a third entry into the Alien vs. Predator series (mainly because of the dire reception of Requiem and the rise of Prometheus), surely sometime in the near future we will see a third attempt at an AvP movie. Here are our opinions on how to make a good Alien vs. Predator film!
This article was first posted on December 17, 2012