Our LV-RMP series charting the tangled timeline of the Alien and Predator franchises stays resolutely earthbound for the 2007 second round of extra-terrestrial fisticuffs, AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem, directed by the debuting Brothers Strause.
We resume in the immediate aftermath of the last film, as a terrifying hybrid xenomorph-yautja chestburster emerges from the body of one of the intergalactic hunters and lays waste to the ship it is on, causing it to crash land in rural Colorado. The last surviving crew member sends a distress signal to its homeworld, where a solitary Predator tools up for a violent clean up mission that sees a motley selection of townsfolk caught in the crossfire, including a recently paroled ex-con, his hot-headed pizza boy brother, the overmatched local sheriff, and a young military mother struggling to reconnect with her child. Facehuggings, acid meltings, and egg throatings abound as the series turns away from the teen-friendly bloodlessness of the previous film and towards the literal, and metaphorical, darkness.
Join weary travellers Gali, Devlin, Patrick and Matt as they squint at the screen, whack up the brightness, and try to work out who wins – remembering of course that it’s a moot point, because the poster said that we lose. The Predator this time is apparently called Wolf.