Episode 91: AVP: Alien vs. Predator (LV-RMP Series)

The enemy of my enemy… is my friend. Rewind’s LV-RMP series continues on with the long-awaited 2004 monster mashup AvP: Alien vs. Predator from director Paul W.S. Anderson.

Billionaire industrialist Charles Bishop Weyland (Lance Henriksen) assembles a team of experts for a most mysterious mission – a voyage deep beneath an abandoned Antarctic whaling station to explore a vast pyramid which shows aspects of multiple ancient civilisations all combined with each other. Guided by Lex (Sanaa Lathan) and the insights of archaeologist Sebastian (Raoul Bova), they start to decipher the mysteries of the place, but they have already attracted the attention of its owners – the intergalactic hunters of the yautja – and started the process of releasing the deadly inhabitants, kept captive there – the vicious xenomorphs. The small team must try to survive both fearsome creatures, in one of the most inhospitable environments on Earth…

Emerging from a tortured development that originated with a comic book, and was first teased on film in the closing stages of Predator 2 when a xenomorph skull is seen in the Predators’ ship, the eventual film was a solid commercial success for franchise owners Fox, despite contemporary reviews that unfavourably compared it to its forebears. But how will it stack up for the gang now that we’ve made our way through the two film series? Was it a red laser-targetted headshot, or a gooey chest full of mess? Would it make it into Moses’ DVD collection, or should it be melted with acid blood? Join Gali, Devlin, Patrick and Matt as they pick their sides in this interplanetary franchise IP slobbernocker.

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