Horrorfest 2022 Presents: AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004, Paul W. S. Anderson)


While I was viewing Alien vs Predator I realized that this definitely feels like the Jason Takes Manhattan of the series, in which case I end up defending the movie haha. I prefer JTM anyways and I thought this wasn’t worth more than a 7/10, however there are things to like about AVP and I wonder if maybe I wouldn’t end up liking it even more on a second viewing in the future. For now I’ll have to rely on this review, which is half assed like most of my writings these days.

A group of experts descend into a hidden temple in Antarctica that is located beneath the ice. There, they uncover ancient secrets that would greatly excite that History Channel Aliens Guy. Sanaa Lathan is the main character and arguably a type of “Final Woman/Girl,” along with Raoul Bova, Lance Henriksen (who was also in Aliens), Colin Salmon and Ewen Bremner, plus others who end up becoming the victims of the battle between Predators and Xenomorphs. I was hoping for a far more gorier movie than we ended up with, still you can’t get everything you wish for.

The pyramid endlessly shifting around was a really cool bit, and Lathan is really good as Lex. I learned that if you help kill a Xenomorph with a Predator you become their teammate of sorts, and that going to some hidden temple area is never a good idea, although I knew that one already from countless other movies. The tag line for this movie also still cracks me up: “Whoever wins, we lose!” Man that’s serious. Viewed thanks to Hulu which because they got the new Predator movie they had all the series available to watch, which is nice.

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