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While it may have failed to live up to the legacy of its predecessor, Predator 2 is still one of those flicks that if I’m jumping around channels on cable and it happens to be on, I’m tuning in regardless.
Sure, it may not exactly be the crowd-pleaser that John McTiernan’s Predator was in 1987, but Predator 2 was still a moderate box office success during its release in 1990 and managed to fare pretty well (in this writer’s humble opinion at least) as an effective slice of a sleazeball action-packed fun with Lethal Weapon‘s Danny Glover taking on the alien warrior in the gritty, drug-ridden streets of Los Angeles.
Plus, Predator 2 has Gary Busey and Morton Downey, Jr., so how could you possibly go wrong?
For the sequel Kevin Peter Hall reprised his role as the titular antagonist, but the look of the creature went through a bit of a redesign by Stan Winston, who returned once again to bring this otherworldly hunter to life for director Stephen Hopkins (the same guy behind NOES 5: Dream Child). With the first Predator film, Winston was only tasked with creating one look and design, but as you’ll be able to tell once you check out our gallery, he had a significantly bigger job on Predator 2 considering the varying looks and creatures in the flick.
So in honor of the Halloween season, we’re pleased to present our gallery of some truly amazing behind-the-scenes stills for the design and alien creations for Predator 2 for our exclusive Stan Winston’s Famous Monsters celebration.
The stills were provided by the Stan Winston School of Character Arts; look for more of Winston’s iconic work right here on Dread Central through the Halloween season!
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