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Bill Paxton was approached to play the diner chef, so he could appear in the second "Predator", "Alien", and "AVP" film in each franchise. However, scheduling conflicts prevented him from making an appearance.
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(At around five minutes) This is the first movie in both the Predator and the AVP-based movies, that features a scene of the Predators' home planet.
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In the original script, the Predalien was to have died just before the crash of the Predator ship when a Predator kills it with his cannon, which occurred on page three or four of the script. A normal Alien would then kill the remaining Predators, and escape the wrecked ship with several facehuggers. It was re-written to incorporate the Predalien into the movie and make it the main antagonist, as the studio was very impressed by the concept.
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Danny Glover, who starred in Predator 2 (1990), was considered to reprise his role as Mike Harrigan, now retired.
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It was at one time planned to include shots of the Aliens' homeworld as a post-credit scene. Conceptual art was created, and it was even storyboarded, but ultimately, the idea was dropped, in favor of using it in a potential third film. This never materialized after the critical and commercial failure of the film, with the studio deciding to abandon the AVP franchise in favor of the Alien (1979) prequels Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). Not only did these movies largely ignore Alien vs. Predator (2004) and AvP: Requiem, they also implied that the Aliens may have been genetically engineered, and therefore don't have an original homeworld.
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The Predator was nicknamed "Wolf" by the filmmakers, after the character Winston Wolfe in Pulp Fiction (1994). His role in the film, like Wolfe's, is described as that of a "cleaner" - one who covers up assassinations, accidents, and other messy situations.
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In one of the movie's behind-the-scenes featurettes, director of photography Daniel Pearl stated that he wanted to visually differentiate this movie from its predecessor Alien vs. Predator (2004), which he criticized for its use of fixed cameras, wide shots and excessively bright lighting, because in his opinion, this revealed way too much of the creatures. Reasoning that monster horror works better in dark environments with documentary-style photography, Pearl employed hand-held cameras and dimly illuminated sets to get the desired effect. Ironically, the film would later be criticized mostly for its overuse of 'shaky cam' and excessively murky lighting, with people complaining that they couldn't see much of the action.
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After the controversial decision to release Alien vs. Predator (2004) with a PG-13 rating, it was decided at an early stage that this movie would be R-rated, as "it is what the fans want from the series."
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According to the DVD commentary, Colonel Stevens (Robert Joy) was originally written as Garber (Adam Baldwin) from Predator 2 (1990). When Baldwin couldn't be scheduled, the character was changed to Colonel Stevens.
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A voice artist was brought in to perform various Predator noises, after the directors realized that audio samples and tapes containing the original sound effects had been either destroyed, or were of poor quality.
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The film is a direct continuation of the first AVP film. Both films take place in 2004.
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Just like the previous film, the Aliens and the Predator are never referred to by these names by any of the characters in the film. Aliens are referred to as "monsters", "things" and "motherf#ckers", whereas the Predator isn't verbally referred to at all.
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The Predalien was nicknamed "Chet" on-set and in the script. This was to avoid early spoilers about the nature of the creature (being a hybrid between the Alien and Predator). The name "Chet" was a reference to the most obnoxious character that the makers could think of: the pesky brother from Weird Science (1985) (who was coincidentally played by Aliens (1986) actor Bill Paxton).
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This marks the second movie, in which Ian Whyte has played a Predator. Next to Kevin Peter Hall, he is the only other actor to do so.
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Original music and sound effects were recreated from Aliens (1986). These included the squeals of the hurt Aliens, the sound of the motion tracker, and some of the music, especially at the end. The look of the Alien was also based on Aliens (1986), that being the smooth dome is gone from the tops of the Aliens heads, and is just showing their exoskeletons.
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Not screened for critics.
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Directors Colin Strause and Greg Strause wanted the film to be in 3-D, however the idea was dropped, because it would be too expensive.
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This is Special Effects Maestro Tom Woodruff, Jr.s fourth time in an Alien costume.
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Following the directors' specific instructions, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) once again redesigned the Predator. As opposed to the muscular, comic-inspired Predators of the first film, Alien vs. Predator, Wolf returned to a slimmer configuration -- more akin to the original Stan Winston design. "We were adamant about creating a new, unique Predator," the Strause brothers said. "With a physique and features that reflected the original films -- and the Wolf achieved that in spades." The directors found the Predators from the previous film too disproportioned, and tried to use Whyte as a performer as much as possible; with only one main Predator, its proportions were based strictly on the performer's. The Predator's head features, however, a new configuration: a flatter face, proportionally bigger mouth and mandibles, as well as two single upper canines. "We wanted to re-proportion the face," said Tom Woodruff, Jr. in AVPR: Inside the Monster Shop, "giving the brov a more cunning, sweptback angle, like a predatory cat." To add a visual clue of the Predator's past fights with Aliens, the left side of its face is plagued by a considerable acid burn, which has almost completely consumed the creature's upper left mandible, and blinded its left eye (which was re-colored in post-production). This aspect was inspired by "Broken Tusk", the Predator character from the original Aliens vs. Predator comic book series. Colin Strause explained the connection: "One of the cool things was -- we wanted, y'know -- to give a little throwback to the comic book fans, so that's why we kind of did the Broken-Tusk type of idea, with the melted off mandible."
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The eight-wheeled armored fighting vehicle, shown in the movie, is supposed to be an M1126 Stryker, derived from the Canadian LAV III, and produced by General Dynamics Land Systems, in use by the United States Army. The vehicle is named for two American servicemen, who posthumously received the Medal of Honor: Private First Class Stuart S. Stryker, who died in World War II, and Specialist Robert F. Stryker, who died in the Vietnam War. The vehicle that is featured in the movie, is actually an Omni International, V-150-S 8x8 APC, dressed up to look like an M1126 Stryker.
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Although not much background is given on Dallas (Steven Pasquale) and his brother Ricky (Johnny Lewis), the original script had Dallas describe himself as a "thief for fifteen years". Their father is away working on a rig, and sends money for the rent each month; their mother is out of the picture. There was also a scene that revealed that Dallas had been in jail for three years for something that Ricky had done, but Dallas took the blame because he didn't want his brother growing up a juvenile delinquent like himself.
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The only Alien film in the franchise, that does not feature any eggs that hatch into facehuggers, although a few facehuggers appear in the film, after they escape the crashed scout ship in the opening scene.
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It is the shortest installment in either the Alien or Predator franchise, with a runtime of ninety-four minutes (theatrical version).
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Johnny Lewis (Ricky) also starred in Sons of Anarchy (2008), in which he played Half-Sack. Tommy Flanagan (Mark Verheid) was also in Sons of Anarchy (2008), in which he played Chibs.
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It is unknown if Bull intentionally fired his Plasmacaster into the Scout Ship's wall or if it was an accident. It is possible Bull tried to crash the ship, killing the Predalien in the process, to prevent it from getting to the destination they were headed.
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The 3rd Alien movie to be given the R16 rating in New Zealand and the 2nd Predator film to be given the R16 rating also in that country. The other films from the Alien and Predator franchises to be given the R16 rating were Alien (1979), Predator 2 (1990) and Alien Resurrection (1997). Later films Predators (2010) and Alien: Covenant (2016) were also given the R16 rating.
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Directors Colin Strause and Greg Strause took over from Paul W.S. Anderson, who moved on after doing [link=Alien vs. Predator (2004) to work on Death Race (2008).
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Directors Colin Strause and Greg Strause already had a productive relationship with 20th Century Fox because their special effects company Hydraulx had done work on Fox movies such as The X Files (1998), Volcano (1997) and The Day After Tomorrow (2004). They had once even pitched an idea for an Alien vs Predator film to Fox, but without success. However, when a script for a second AvP movie was written, Fox approached the Strauss brothers because their background in visual effects would make them suitable to make an ambitious movie on a relatively modest budget.
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Kelly and Molly, and their mother-daughter relationship in the film, are a nod to Ripley and Newt in Aliens (1986).
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Antti Jokinen was offered a chance to direct.
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First film in the franchise in which a Predator's eyes briefly flash blue while he is cloaked.
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Ever since the 1990's, there was been two Alien movies every decade. This includes Alien3 (1992) and Alien: Resurrection (1997), moving on to AVP (2004) and AVP: Requiem (2008), and ending with Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). That also means within every decade, the year of release ended with either 2 or 7 (with the exception of AVP).
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When Dallas and the survivors arrive at the hospital, Dallas says that they all must protect Kelly as they require Kelly to pilot the helicopter which is on the roof of the hospital. Although Kelly is a soldier and is capable of protecting and handling herself. The real person in the ground that needed protecting is Molly as Molly is the only member of the group whom wasn't armed with a weapon. Although the Predator doesn't kill children, the group would have to protect Molly from the Xenomorphs.
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Johnny Lewis passed away on September 26th 2018 almost 5 years after the movie's release.
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Film is supposed to take place in Gunnison, Colorado, but was filmed in Vancouver Canada (which looks Pacific Northwest wet and wooded, not Rocky Mountian high and dry). The entire third act of the film takes place at night during one long rain shower, when it only typically rains in Gunnison for less than an hour in the early afternoon for about two weeks in September.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to the DVD commentary, Effects Artists Alec Gillis and Tom Woodruff, Jr. mention that they originally had an effects sequence that would've shown the Predator skinning Deputy Ray Adams. The autopsy scene in the script was also longer, making it clear that Adams was alive while being skinned, and screamed so hard that he ripped his vocal cords. The idea was dropped, when 20th Century Fox deemed it "too horrific."
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During the cemetery sequence in the Unrated Version, a man with a gun stands in front of a tombstone with the name "Hawkins" on it. Hawkins was one of the soldiers in Predator (1987), played by Shane Black. Black is also a screenwriter (Lethal Weapon (1987)) and director (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and Iron Man 3 (2013)), and would write and direct The Predator (2018) eleven years later.
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The atomic bomb, used to blow up the town at the end of the movie, is shown to have a blast yield of two hundred kilotons (about ten times more powerful than the one used on Nagasaki, Japan).
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Contrary to popular belief, this film doesn't depict the first time in the Alien franchise where it appears that an Alien is actually eating: Alien³ (1992) had a scene near the end where the Alien can be seen feasting on the corpse of one of its victims. Prior to that, it was implied that Aliens don't need to feed for sustenance. In AvP: Requiem, an Alien drags Nick's mutilated corpse back into the swimming pool, and proceeds to jab it's inner jaw into him several times, before being killed by the Predator. When the Predalien forces embryos down pregnant Carrie and Sue's throats, the Alien chestbursters presumably feed on the fetus before bursting out of their stomachs.
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Yutani (of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation from the Alien films) was originally going to appear in Alien vs. Predator (2004) as a man called John Yutani. Peter Weller and Gary Busey were sought for the role, but the character was eventually written out.
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This film marks the first time in a Predator film where the Predator kills a female, when the Predator "Wolf" bisects Jessie with an acid drenched shuriken in the hospital sequence. Although it was an accident, as the shuriken struck two aliens before it pinned her to the wall and sliced her at the waist.
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Directors Colin Strause and Greg Strause originally pitched an additional ending that was to take place after Ms Yutani takes possession of the Predator shotgun. The gun would transition into a Weyland-Yutani logo on a spaceship 50 years in the future, heading towards the Aliens' home planet. The scene would then shift to the planet's surface, where a tribe of Predators are trying to catch a huge winged dinosaur-like Alien (nicknamed 'King Alien'). The idea was that the Predator gun was reversed-engineered and led to the scientific breakthroughs that gave the Weyland-Yutani company the ability of interstellar space-flight. The scene was supposed to be a teaser for a third AvP movie that would take place before Alien (1979). However, the scene was scrapped and so were any plans for this sequel.
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Several sounds are intentionally recycled from previous "Alien" and "Predator" movies as tribute to those films. These include, but are not limited to: actual Predator (like growls and tracking sounds from the helmet) and Alien noises (like hissing and screeching); the beeping of the motion tracker from Aliens (1986), used in this movie during the opening credits, and as the sound made on the tracking screen showing the bomber heading towards its target; and the computers around Colonel Stevens make the same sounds as the Mother computer from Alien (1979). The only original sound that could not be re-used, was the Predator's characteristic chirruping sound, which was recreated specifically for this movie.
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Something that was never seen before in an Alien film, the Predalien is capable of implanting embryos down people's throats using its inner jaw. It was explained by the Strause brothers, that the Predalien was a Queen, that used this method as a temporary mechanism before maturing enough to lay eggs. This was also touched upon before, in the assembly cut of Alien 3 (1992), where a special type of facehugger is seen capable of implanting two embryos, one, a regular Alien, and the other, a Queen, inside Ripley and an Ox (a dog in the theatrical cut), which explains how there could be two Aliens in the film, despite what appears to be only one egg on the Sulaco. This facehugger's corpse can be seen next to the ox's dead body for a brief second, despite the facehugger clearly looking like a normal one in the opening scene of the film. Despite this, AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004) shows that a normal facehugger impregnated the Predator, which would eventually become a host to a Predalien. This is either a continuity error, or a deliberate retcon by the directors.
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The scene where Carrie is cornered by an Alien in the restaurant kitchen, and comes at face level with an Alien, is a reference to the iconic image from Alien³ (1992), where the Alien is right next to Ripley's face.
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The woman whom Colonel Stevens presents the Predator's plasma blaster to is Miss Yutani. Miss Yutani is obviously the founder of the Yutani Corporation which was later reorganized as the Weyland-Yutani Corporation when the two corporations were merged. By taking possession of the Predator's advanced weapon, this means the Weyland-Yutani Corporation knew about the Xenomorphs and the Predators long before Ellen Ripley's first encounter with a Xenomorph in Alien (1979). Moreover, when Ms. Yutani says that the world isn't ready for this technology, Colonel Stevens rhetorically asks "but this [technology] isn't for our world, is it, Ms. Yutani?", hinting at the space mining and terraforming of other planets that the Weyland-Yutani Corporation is known for in the Alien movies.
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Many more scenes were scripted but were either removed in re-writes, omitted from the print or not filmed due to time and budget constraints. These include: Tim (Sam Trammell) and Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) are in the process of divorcing. Tim does not approve of Kelly's army career, and had an affair with a diner waitress named Carrie (Gina Holden), who is pregnant in the final cut, a small leftover from the original script where Tim got her pregnant during the affair; Kelly is planning on finding her own place, but Tim offers to move out so Kelly and Molly can stay in the house. Dallas (Steven Pasquale) and Ricky (Johnny Lewis) attend a town meeting at the school's gymnasium, where Sherriff Morales (John Ortiz) updates the public about the search for the missing father and son, but it gets out of hand when some people start accusing Dallas of being involved due to his criminal past. They also show lack of confidence in Morales, him being a former juvenile delinquent like Dallas. The dog of the two homeless men was also be facehugged, and it would later birth a quadrupedal Alien. During a biology class, Dale (David Paetkau) picks another fight with Ricky; the latter gets sent to the principal's office and is suspended for a week. Dale asks Molly (Ariel Gade) to grab a ball out of a sewer drain for him because her hands are small enough to fit through the grate. She is almost bitten by an Alien in the sewer before she pulls her hand back. After the cemetery, Kelly, Molly and Tim (still alive at this point) try to lose Wolfe by escaping through a bus depot. Wolfe spots them and tries to crush them under a suspended bus that he shoots down. Wolfe then chases them to the gunshop where Tim tries to draw his attention away from Kelly and Molly, but Wolfe already spots Aliens inside the shop, and breaks off his pursuit. During the diner kitchen scene, the Predalien's point-of-view is seen a few times. It detects that Carrie is pregnant, and it implants several alien chestbursters into her abdomen so they can feed on her unborn baby. Noticing that the Aliens are coming from manholes, the survivors take a look in the sewer and find several homeless people cocooned with burst-open stomachs. They realize that the Aliens are grabbing humans to breed. Extended hospital hive fight, with much more Aliens attacking Wolfe indoors, and burning large holes in the floor. When he finally makes it to the rooftop, he is dripping with fluorescent green blood, and is again assaulted by large hordes of Aliens before confronting the Predalien. Extended ending where Ms. Yutani (Françoise Yip) proceeds to her secret facility, where she holds several Aliens and Predators in suspended animation for study.
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Several scenes from the original script were rewritten for the final draft. These include:
  • The film takes place in Port Arthur, Texas; not Gunnison, Colorado.
  • The Predalien originally dies during the crash of the Predator ship, so it does not feature as Wolfe's primary antagonist throughout the film. Instead, he goes head-to-head with much larger groups of normal Aliens.
  • The father and son in the beginning don't witness the Predator ship crashing; instead, the son inadvertently runs into the cloaked ship while hunting.
  • Wolfe the Predator doesn't destroy the power plant by mistake; he purposely disables it so that the dark helps him spot the Aliens better.
  • Dale (David Paetkau) is the one who dies in the swimming pool when the Alien attacks underwater. Another one kills his friends Mark and Nick as they flee. Wolf intervenes and is wounded, and his roars attract the group of Dallas and the sheriff. They witness Wolfe finishing off an Alien, and open fire on him. Wolfe impales a deputy on a spear to the wall and escapes.
  • Tim Sam Trammell isn't killed at his home when the Alien bursts in. Instead, he manages to flee with Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) and Molly (Ariel Gade) to a cemetery (the scene without Tim is included in the extended version). Tim actually makes it until the end.
  • Extended gunshop fight where sheriff Morales (John Ortiz) is grabbed by an Alien from above and is ripped in half. Wolfe enters and kills several Aliens. One of the shop employees melts from Alien acid, the other is killed by Wolfe when he takes aim at the Predator. The humans realize that they shouldn't get in Wolfe's way, and let him leave.
  • With the town being overrun by Aliens and no means of transportation, the group is ready to make a stand and die fighting. However, a pick-up truck arrives with three children, being attacked by an Alien on the roof. The survivors kill the Alien and hitch a ride to find a helicopter to escape. The children also survive until the end.
  • The final escape does not occur at a hospital but at a small municipal airport where the survivors hope to find a news chopper. When they do, they are suddenly attacked from all sides by Aliens. They fight them off but Jesse (Kristen Hager) dies in the ensuing mayhem. Wolfe arrives and draws the Aliens' attention away, but he gets attacked by wave after wave of the creatures. As a last resort, he tries to activate his self-destruct device, but several Aliens rip his arm off and kill him. Dallas uses Wolfe's shoulder cannon to fend the Aliens off, as he and the survivors enter the helicopter and fly away. In the air, they see a plane heading towards them, dropping the nuclear bomb; the film ends with a bright white light flooding the screen, implying everyone dies.
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First film in the franchise where the Predator uses a blue luminescent fluid as an acid to dissolve dead bodies of humans and facehuggers. This befits his role as a cleaner or destroyer of evidence.
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Originally, the scene where the Predator treats its leg wound was intercut with Kelly (Reiko Aylesworth) and Molly (Ariel Gade) arriving at a graveyard nearby, after having fled from their house. They meet a man there who is also hiding from the Aliens. They get into an argument about whether to hide or to fight back, which is overheard by the Predator. As the man starts to wave his gun, the Predator sees him as a threat and shoots his head off. Kelly and Molly then run off again, and the Predator follows them as they arrive at the gun shop. This scene would have explained how both Kelly and the Predator happen to end up in the same place as the other survivors, and was deleted from the theatrical version, but restored in the extended version.
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The original screenplay featured three young siblings, Kendra, Leshawn and Curtis, who made it out alive with the other survivors during the final escape. Leshawn was written out, with Kendra (Shareeka Epps) and Curtis (Meshach Peters) confirmed to have been included in the film during the hospital sequence (as shown by behind the scenes photos and the script), but cut from the theatrical release. Curtis was treated for an injured hand by a nurse, with his sister Kendra keeping him company. The children then hear the Predalien in the hallway, looking at the babies in the maternity ward. They accidentally knock something off a table, and draw its attention to themselves. As they try to flee, the Predalien walks into the nurse leaving Sue's room, and proceeds to kill her (in both versions, the Predalien merely looks at the maternity ward, before it cuts to the nurse being attacked and killed). The children escape with the nurse's car, only for an Alien to jump onto the roof. They brake and they fling the Alien off the car onto the road, right in front of Dallas and his group as they exit the gunshop. They kill it, but a second Alien appears and proceeds to attack Molly, only for Kelly to kill it with a rail gun mounted on the tank (this shot can be seen in the trailer). The siblings then join them, only to go with Morales and stay in the town while the rest leaves, as they refuse to return to the hospital. The makers decided to leave out these scenes because they thought that the film already had enough children dying. Despite this, Curtis' name still appears in the credits.
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Dallas Howard (Steven Pasquale) shares his name with Tom Skerritt's character from Alien (1979), who was the Captain of the Nostromo (although Dallas was his last name, not his first name). Moreover, he says the line "Get to the chopper!", which was also famously said by Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Predator (1987). Perhaps a coincidence, he also shares his name with Bryce Dallas Howard.
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Originally, when Wolf the Predator enters the crashed spaceship, he would find the corpses of two skinned Predators hung upside down (dripping with green blood), indicating that the Predalien has not only taken on some of the hunters' physical traits but some of their habits as well. This was removed from the finished movie, although the skinned Predators can still be seen briefly in the background when Wolf places the plasma cannon on his shoulder.
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Apart from the classic "Get to the chopper!" quote from Predator (1987), Dallas (Steven Pasquale) was also supposed to use the line "If it bleeds we can kill it" while he and the sheriff see the wounded Predator when they are inspecting the swimming pool. However, when the scene was re-written, the line was dropped.
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Several alternate endings were scripted, with some even filmed. Ricky was originally going to be impaled and ripped in half by the Predalien inside the hospital, but a negative test screening led to the scene being re-shot with him merely being wounded. The Predalien was originally going to die when Wolfe impales its head with its own inner jaw. Finally, an alternate ending was shot where the survivors are found by the Special Forces in the end, and are all killed to ensure that there are no witnesses. This scene was also re-shot because it was felt to be too depressing.
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The film takes place 218 years before Alien (1979).
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The ending scene reveals Weyland-Yutani knew about the Xenomorphs long before Ellen Ripley's first terrifying encounter with a Xenomorph aboard the Nostromo.
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