Chauncey -Theater 1 Thu, Nov 3, 2022 6:30 PM
Series Info
Series:Special Event
Film Info
Runtime:107 minutes
Director:John McTiernan
Year Released:1987
Production Country:USA


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35th Anniversary Screening Presented on an archival 35mm print!

"The emotional and physical vulnerability that Predator imposes on Schwarzenegger make this easily his best film of an often impressive round of muss-'em-up thrillers."Michael H. Price, Fort Worth Star

"A fast-paced, skillfully structured, exciting, extremely violent and bloody piece of [...] entertainment."Joe Pollack, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue a group of politicians trapped in Guatemala. But when Dutch and his team, which includes weapons expert Blain (Jesse Ventura) and CIA agent George (Carl Weathers), land in Central America, something is gravely wrong. After finding a string of dead bodies, the crew discovers they are being hunted by a brutal creature with superhuman strength and the ability to disappear into its surroundings.

Predator: An Evening with Ander Monson

Featuring a signing table and a post-screening reading with author Ander Monson, reading from his newest memoir Predator: A Memoir, a Movie, an Obsession

In his first memoir, Ander Monson guides readers through a scene-by-scene exploration of the 1987 film Predator, which he has watched 146 times. Some fighters might not have time to bleed, but Monson has the patience to consider their adventure, one frame at a time. He turns his obsession into a lens through which he poignantly examines his own life, formed by mainstream, white, male American culture. Between scenes, Monson delves deeply into his adolescence in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Riyadh, his role as a father and the loss of his own mother, and his friendships with men bound by the troubled camaraderie depicted in action and sci-fi blockbusters. Along with excursions into the conflicted pleasures of cosplay and first-person shooters, he imagines himself beside the poet and memoirist Paul Monette, who wrote the novelization of the movie while his partner was dying of AIDS.

A sincere and playful book that lovingly dissects the film, Predator also offers questions and critiques of masculinity, fandom, and their interrelation with acts of mass violence. In a stirring reversal, one chapter exposes Monson through the Predator’s heat-seeking vision, asking him, “What do you know about the workings of the hidden world?” As Monson brings us into the brilliant depths of the film and its universe, the hunt begins.