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Alien vs. Predator
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Original work Aliens Versus Predator (comics) (1989)
Print publications
  • Alien vs. Predator: The Creature Effects of ADI
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – Inside the Monster Shop
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Prey
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet
  • Aliens vs. Predator: War
  • Alien vs. Predator: The Movie Novelization
Comics List of comics
Films and television
  • Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins (2015, Prodos)
Video game(s) List of video games

Alien vs. Predator (also known as Aliens vs. Predator, abbreviated AvP or AVP) is a science fiction horror franchise spanning several media. The series is a crossover between the Alien and Predator franchises. The franchise, which depicts the two species as being in conflict with one another, includes feature films, comics, novels, and computer/video games. There were also two Alien vs. Predator films produced, both critically panned yet being relative box office successes, and the development of a third film has been rumored over several years.


The first Alien vs. Predator story was published by Dark Horse Comics in Dark Horse Presents #34–36 (November 1989 – February 1990). In November 1990, Predator 2 was released in theaters, and includes a scene depicting an Alien / Xenomorph skull as one of the Predator's trophies. The first feature film was released in 2004, titled Alien vs. Predator. The second film in the series, titled Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, was released in 2007. Additionally, in the 2010 film Predators, when the group of main protagonists enters the Predators' camp, there is a brief view of an Alien skull on the ground (as well as the lower jaw of an Alien on the helmet of the Berserker Predator), referring to the similar moment from Predator 2 when an Alien skull is seen in the trophy room of the Predator spaceship. Ripley does not appear in this franchise, as it takes place years prior to the events of the Alien series.


Alien vs. Predator (2004)[edit]

Set in 2004, this film follows a group of archaeologists assembled by billionaire Charles Bishop Weyland (Henriksen) for an expedition near the Antarctic to investigate a mysterious heat signal. Weyland hopes to claim the find for himself, and his group discovers a pyramid below the surface of a whaling station. Hieroglyphs and sculptures reveal that the pyramid is a hunting ground for Predators who kill Aliens as a rite of passage. The humans are caught in the middle of a battle between the two species and attempt to prevent the Aliens from reaching the surface.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)[edit]

Immediately following the events of Alien vs. Predator, a Predator ship is leaving Earth carrying Alien facehuggers, and the body of Scar, the Predator that defeated the Alien Queen. A chestburster erupts from Scar's body; it is a new creature that is a hybrid of both species. It quickly matures into an adult Predalien and starts killing all the Predators on the ship. A Predator's weapon fire punctures the hull and the ship crashes in the forest outside of Gunnison, Colorado. The film features many references to both the Alien franchise and the Predator franchise, including: a dressing gown reminiscent of Ellen Ripley's one from Aliens is worn by the main female protagonist at one point in the film, the gravestone of Hawkins, Shane Black's character from Predator, is visible at one point in the film; a character named "Dallas Howard" (after the character with the same name from Alien) says "Get to the chopper!" at one point in the film, a line previously uttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator.[1]


The brothers Colin and Greg Strause were adamant that they wanted to develop Aliens vs. Predator 3 during the production of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. They essentially sought to make an AVP-film in space and set in the future, but by the time they were hired, 20th Century Fox had already decided to go with Salerno’s script set on Earth. They incorporated elements of their ideas into the second film, such as the Predator home planet. ADI duo Tom Woodruff and Alec Gillis were also contenders for the director’s chair. Having worked on the special effects in each movie since Aliens, Tom Woodruff revealed in April 2008 that he and Alec Gillis had aspirations to direct Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem themselves.[2][3]

In 2008, according to the horror news-website ShockTillYouDrop, “An anonymous source over at 20th Century Fox got in touch with us over the weekend to relay the news another Aliens vs. Predator sequel is a ‘certainty’ at this point. If you recall, the brothers Strause – who helmed the Christmas release Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – stated Fox was going to take a ‘wait-and-see’ approach to a third chapter, furthermore, that the story would have to continue in space.[4][5][6]

On September 21, 2008, Collider published an exclusive interview with John Davis (the producer of both AVP films) and he stated, "I think we’ve logically done what we could’ve done with the two AVP movies. But I think there’s something to go back to with Predator."[7]

On October 28, 2010, io9 published an exclusive interview with the Strause-brothers in which they revealed that Aliens vs. Predator 3 would have led directly into Alien. Greg Strause stated that, "The original ending for AVPR, that we pitched them, ended up on the alien homeward [sic], and actually going from the Predator gun, that you see at the end, it was going to transition from that gun to a logo of a Weyland-Yutani spaceship that was heading to an alien planet. And then we were actually going to cut down to the surface [of the alien planet] and you were going to see a hunt going on. It was going to be a whole tribe of predators going against this creature that we called "King Alien." It's this huge giant winged alien thing. And that was going to be the lead-in, to show that the fact that the Predator gun [at the end of AVPR] is the impetus of all the technological advancements that allowed humans to travel in space. Which leads up to the Alien timeline."

When asked about the ending sequence of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, that the Predator-weapon handed to Ms. Yutani would lead to us humans developing advanced space travel technology, Greg stated, "That was the idea. They never got any of the equipment from the first Predators. It's the first time they ever received any intact working technology left over. So they could take that and reverse engineer, figure out what the power source was – all of those things. And in theory, that would enable that company [Weyland-Yutani] to make massive advancements in technology and dominate the space industry. That was the whole idea, was to literally continue from Ms. Yutani getting the gun – and then cut to 50 years in the future, and there's spaceships now. We've made a quantum leap in space travel. That was going to set up the ending, which would then set up what AVP was going to be, which would take place 100 years in the future. That was kind of the plan."[8]

In 2012, What Culture stated that "surely sometime in the near future we will see a third attempt at an AvP movie" and listed five major reasons that would make a third sequel work – namely the inclusion of Colonial Marines, a strong lead character, no Predators teaming-up with humans, memorable action sequences, as well as a great director.[9]

In 2015, having worked on the special effects of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, VFX make-up artist David Woodruff (the son of Tom Woodruff who worked on both the Alien- and Terminator-franchises) participated in an interview with TheTerminatorFans, and when asked about the situation of a third chapter in the AVP-trilogy, he stated, "I haven’t heard anything about a 3rd installment, not even rumors. This Neill Blomkamp project is the first possibility I’ve seen or heard of another Alien film and I’m all about it. I know the guys at Amalgamated Dynamics are pushing for something like this too. It’s time."[10]

Also in 2015, during the London Film and Comic-Con, Sigourney Weaver provided with yet another statement towards the AVP-franchise having supposedly "ruined the franchise" by stating that she asked to have Ripley killed in Alien 3 because she supposedly knew that Fox were moving forward with Alien vs. Predator.[11][12][13][14] This eventually motivated Peter Briggs (writer of Alien vs. Predator) to respond in an exclusive interview with Bloody Disgusting on July 22, 2015, with several objections to her statements and praising all films in the franchise (even stating that Alien 3 – Director's Cut was "more watchable" than Aliens) and reminding her that the AVP-films were even more successful than Weaver's last two Alien-films. He also particularly noted that "There’s a terrific “Alien vs Predator” movie still to be made by someone. It just hasn’t happened yet."[15][16][17][18][19][20] The A.V. Club in turn responded "Great, a Fox executive probably just read that and has decided to greenlight four new installments. Are you happy now, Briggs?"[21]


Crew/detail Film
Alien vs. Predator
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Director Paul W. S. Anderson The Brothers Strause
Writer(s) Screen story by: Ronald Shusett
Dan O'Bannon
Paul W.S. Anderson

Screenplay by: Paul W.S. Anderson

Shane Salerno
Based "Alien" by: Ronald Shusett
Dan O'Bannon

"Predator" by: John Thomas
Jim Thomas

Producer(s) John Davis
Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
John Davis
David Giler
Walter Hill
Music(s) Harald Kloser Brian Tyler
Cinematography David Johnson Daniel C. Pearl
Editor Alexander Berner Dan Zimmerman
Production companies Davis Entertainment
Brandywine Productions
Davis Entertainment
Brandywine Productions
Dune Entertainment
Distribution 20th Century Fox
Duration time 101 mins. (Theatrical) / 109 mins. (Unrated) 94 mins. (Theatrical) / 101 mins. (Unrated)
Release date August 13, 2004 December 25, 2007


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget
North America Other
Alien vs. Predator August 13, 2004 $80,282,231[22] $92,262,423[22] $172,544,654[22] $60 million[22]
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem December 25, 2007 $41,797,066[23] $87,087,428[23] $128,884,494[23] $40 million[24]
Total $122,079,297 $179,349,851 $301,429,148 $100 million

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Alien vs. Predator 20% (143 reviews)[25] 29 (21 reviews)[26]
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 12% (70 reviews)[27] 29 (14 reviews)[28]


Alien vs. Predator[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
BMI Film Music Award BMI Film Music Award Harald Kloser Won
Golden Raspberry Awards[29] Worst Prequel or Sequel Nominated

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem[edit]

Organization Award category Recipients and nominees Result
MTV Movie Awards[30] Best Fight The Alien vs. the Predator Nominated
Golden Raspberry Awards[31] Worst Prequel or Sequel Nominated
Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie Nominated

Other media[edit]


  • Dark Horse Presents (1986-2011)
  • Dark Horse Insider (1989-1997)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (1989 short story)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (1990)
  • Aliens (1991/1994 UK magazine)
  • Aliens vs. Predator (1991 short story)
  • Alien 3 Movie Special (1992)
  • Aliens vs. Predator 2 (1992-1993)
  • Dark Horse Comics (1992-1994)
  • Total Carnage (1993-1994)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Deadliest of the Species (1993-1995)
  • Aliens/Predator: Deadliest of the Species (1993)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Blood Time (1994)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Duel (1995)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: War (1995)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Booty (1996)
  • Dark Horse Classics - Aliens vs. Predator (1997)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Eternal (1998)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Annual #1 (1999)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: The Web (1999)
  • Overkill: Witchblade/Aliens/Darkness/Predator (1999)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Xenogenesis (1999-2000)
  • Aliens vs. Predator/Witchblade/Darkness: Mindhunter (2000)
  • Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator (2000)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Thrill of the Hunt (2004)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Whoever Wins... We Lose (2005)
  • Superman and Batman versus Aliens and Predator (2007)
  • Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 1 (2007)
  • Aliens vs. Predator Omnibus: Volume 2 (2007)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Sand Trap (2007)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Deadspace (2008)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Civilized Beasts (2008)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Three World War (2010)
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Special Collector's Edition (2010)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone (2014-2015)
  • Alien vs. Predator: Life and Death (2016-2017)
  • Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens (2016-2017)


A novel series was produced based on the franchise.

  • Aliens vs. Predator: Prey (1994) by Steve Perry
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Hunter's Planet (1994) by Dave Bischoff
  • Aliens vs. Predator: War (1999) by S.D. Perry
  • Alien vs. Predator: The Movie Novelization (2004) by Marc Cerasini
  • The Complete Alien vs. Predator Omnibus – collects Prey, Hunter's Planet and War (Titan Books, November 2016, ISBN 1-78565-199-4)


Other books depict the background to the film's work with Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (ADI), the special effects company that worked on the Alien films.

Video games[edit]

An Alien vs. Predator arcade beat 'em up game was released by Capcom in 1994. Two other Alien vs Predator games were also published by Activision for the SNES and Game Boy in 1993. There were also several Alien vs. Predator mobile games, and two cancelled titles for the Atari Lynx and Game Boy Advance.

In 1994, Atari Corporation released the Rebellion Developments-developed first-person shooter Alien vs Predator for the Atari Jaguar, in which one could play as a Marine, Predator or Alien. Rebellion then went on to develop the similarly themed 1999's Aliens versus Predator for the PC. This was followed by, among others, Aliens versus Predator 2 and the expansion pack Aliens versus Predator 2: Primal Hunt. In 2010, Sega released a second sequel Aliens vs. Predator, a multiplatform first-person shooter also made by Rebellion.[32]

Both Alien and Predator appear as downloadable characters in Mortal Kombat X.

Action figures[edit]

In 1994, Kenner released a collection of action figures known as Aliens vs. Predator. This followed the two initial series of Aliens that were based on an animated series, Operation: Aliens, that was never broadcast. As such, the inclusion of Predator is often considered the 3rd and 4th series of the Aliens line. This collection includes several Aliens, many of which feature built-in attack features, and Predators, which include removable masks and battle weapons such as spears and missile launchers. The figures generally possess 5 points of articulation, and some include a mini Dark Horse comic book.

While the collection as a whole is known as Aliens vs. Predator, the two character types have their own card art that only features the character at hand. An exception would be the Aliens vs. Predator 2-pack. Since human space marines were included in the initial Aliens line, the Predator was marketed as an alternative enemy to the Aliens. A figure cardback reads:

"The stage is set for the universe's two most ferocious enemies. It's the gruesome and evil Aliens against the big-game hunter Predator. Who will win... the beast or the hunter? Can the Predator stop the evil Aliens before the galaxy is destroyed?!?!?!"[33][34]

The Aliens: Hive Wars series was released in 1995, which included various Aliens, Predators, and larger scaled space marines. More figures, including a female Predator and an Alien/Predator/Smash Mason 3-pack, were designed for this series but never released as part of the line.

Six sets of Aliens and Predator Micro Machines were also planned by Galoob in 1995 but never released. This would have also included the LV-426/Outer World Station Action Fleet Playset. Thanks in part to the research of toy collectors, many photos of these unreleased toys and prototypes have shown up on the Web in recent years.[35]

In December 2002, McFarlane Toys released a highly detailed Alien vs. Predator deluxe set.[36] In 2004, they produced a series of figures based on the Alien vs. Predator film. Alongside the articulated figures, McFarlane also released statuesque display sets depicting scenes from the film.

Hot Toys produced highly detailed 16" tall figures for every film including Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem in 2007. That same year, NECA released two series of Requiem figures.[37]

Theme park attractions[edit]

On August 4, 2014, Universal Studios confirmed that there will be haunted mazes based on Alien vs. Predator for their Halloween Horror Nights events at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida.


In 2013 Prodos obtained the license from FOX to do a Boardgame and successfully founded it on Kickstarter.[38] [39]


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