How Not To Reboot A Movie

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    The Predator 2018 was a poor film, its writing was weak, and it failed to capture what made the original predator so great. In this video essay I ask why...
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  • The Closer Look
    The Closer Look  6 months ago +1079

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    • NinjaNezumi
      NinjaNezumi 6 days ago

      Horror is about revulsion not tension. That's fright. Fright is Tension. Thriller is tension. Horror is revulsion.

    • NinjaNezumi
      NinjaNezumi 6 days ago

      I know the movie industry calls it horror, but I don't think it's a horror movie. Thriller, yes, horror, no.

    • f off
      f off Month ago

      Oh look another "funny englishmen i drink tea joke" .....
      It seems to me that every english youtube creator lacks any personality so they just adopt the usual "englishman" persona........
      despite the stereotypical sofistication of the english surely fading away...
      London right now ias more about crime , divided people and barely making a living then it is about drinking tea .....

    • R. Prokop
      R. Prokop Month ago

      TCL, plz don't give up on your dreams. Work hard. Plan for the worse. Hope for the best. And have faith in both people and God. I genuinely like you channel a lot, and I truly hope for the best.

    • Donavon Batiste
      Donavon Batiste Month ago

      I love your work bro keep up the good work i would love to hear your take on the dceu

  • None of your Business

    Revealing the monster too soon is a disease that riddles current movies. Just look at The Farce Awakens, when the supposed bad guy takes off his mask in the friggin' *second* act. In the original trilogy, it took Darth Vader *three* entire movies to be revealed as a living, breathing human being. This is how you kill suspense, and for all their "mystery box" shenanigans, current movie directors do not seem to have understood the very foundations of their craft.

  • denkorea
    denkorea 5 hours ago

    the main problem is that studios rely more on focus groups rather than director's vision

  • I am no one neither R you

    Donald Trump is President there's no horror movie that will ever scare us again

  • Jernej x
    Jernej x Day ago

    in the predator 2018 did a human kick the monster ass with fists lol and power of america hell yeah

  • jpusar
    jpusar Day ago

    Either I'm experiencing the Meinhoff phenomenon or has the word 'case study' suddenly become everyday lexicon?
    Or B school is slowly brainwashing me...idk

  • KikoTheLumberjack

    Excellent breakdown, good work!

  • Caijen
    Caijen Day ago

    Fun Fact: Shane Black played Hawkings in the original Predator

  • Mark Johnston
    Mark Johnston Day ago

    You'll have to rent, just like cthe majority of us!

  • LooxGood
    LooxGood Day ago

    Hollywood has fallen so low - they did away with the great script and plot writers with a bunch of hack-ass Disney fallout. Trust me, I've worked with film companies and most are just hopeless - Hollywood is dying...and the next great entertainment source will soon be companies like Netflix and UbiSoft.

  • Khalil Thomas
    Khalil Thomas Day ago

    The end was touching man, I'm 18 and that's how I feel atm, Dope videos btw

  • Doc Strange
    Doc Strange Day ago

    15:28 How is she shooting that gun? Are there two triggers on it?

  • bWWd
    bWWd 2 days ago

    your idea for a plot is quite dumb fan fiction, predator wont work that easily anymore, it was anovelty in the 80s, now its totally not.

  • Jeremiah Lewis
    Jeremiah Lewis 2 days ago


  • Quentin Jezewski
    Quentin Jezewski 2 days ago

    2:39 discount Jason Momoa

  • snoo333
    snoo333 3 days ago +1

    Olivia munn bring up the #metoo bs right before the release of the movie did not help.

  • Infrared Toa
    Infrared Toa 3 days ago

    "Horror and Comedy do not work together"

    Um... Evil Dead 2?

    • Infrared Toa
      Infrared Toa 2 days ago

      @PC Revolt Oh, right.

    • PC Revolt
      PC Revolt 2 days ago

      He said rarely, not never. It's just very hard to make it work.

  • Giovanni Giorgio
    Giovanni Giorgio 3 days ago

    So summarizing: the original Predator works because the Predator actually preys.

  • Crows Wit Gaming
    Crows Wit Gaming 3 days ago +1

    Also, notice how they're bloodless, so they can get a PG-13 rating, to appeal to a broader audience.

  • Crows Wit Gaming
    Crows Wit Gaming 3 days ago

    Thank you, that's the phrase I've been looking for about modern movies "the original predator took itself seriously". Movies today fail to hit that nail on the head.

  • Kieran Connelly
    Kieran Connelly 4 days ago

    Your fan fiction is bullshit too.

  • It’s ok To be White

    I want a predator movie that dives really deep into the lore of their culture. How they communicate as far as jokes go. Do they even joke? They seem pretty serious so maybe not but who knows when they are on home planet not in hunt mode. I mean there’s SO many unanswered questions aside from comics. I would love a real look into their word and not this garbage of a movie (2018 obviously not the original etc)

  • Christopher Green
    Christopher Green 4 days ago

    Thank you for your efforts

  • Christopher Green
    Christopher Green 4 days ago

    very good point, how can we take the predator seriously when its being used as a parody. you are spot on mate

  • Dan The Movie Man
    Dan The Movie Man 4 days ago

    One of the beat recent horror/comedy was 2017s It

  • sniperhat1
    sniperhat1 5 days ago

    This shit will turn you into a sexual tyranosauras, just like me.

  • Captain Deadpool
    Captain Deadpool 5 days ago +3

    Predator in Samurai era Japan or in the Wild west would be awesome

  • Ty McNish
    Ty McNish 5 days ago

    The best plot for this movie would have been not to have made it in the first. More garbage like almost everything that comes out these days.

  • DavidtheDuke
    DavidtheDuke 6 days ago

    Lol I pay so little attention to movies now I find out they're still making Predator movies in 2018 in my recommends

  • IsThatBarrak
    IsThatBarrak 6 days ago

    Just found out the new predator movie came our last year... wtf

  • Zacimus Prime
    Zacimus Prime 6 days ago +1

    1:04 okay that is one of the best lines ever😄😄😄😄😎😎😎😎😊👍🏻!!! it rivals Optimus Prime’s give me your face line😄😄😄😄😎😎😎😎😊👍🏻!!! 7:24 that is actually kinda funny to be fair😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣!!! How to make anything scary simply make it mysterious legit not even a single bit of predator 2018 is scary or even entertaining really

  • I write Checks at the grocery store. So?

    Does every single TVclipr feel the need to give us there “backstory”? Yessssh: yea dude :we ALL feel lost and drifting and alone and confused and purposeless at some point. You’re not special. Also if reviewing and writing fan fiction for a 30 year old move is your life’s “purpose”, you should probably just get back into bed. Holy hell get over yourself.

  • DjangoUnbound
    DjangoUnbound 7 days ago

    I'm convinced the original predator was a fluke, as every movie afterwards became worse and worse, including the 2nd one. There's nothing to reboot as flukes are by their nature accidents.

  • Capitalism is key
    Capitalism is key 8 days ago

    Buddy... blow your friggin nose!

  • jesusoftheapes
    jesusoftheapes 8 days ago

    No I hate your fan fiction . Royce would love to be one of them . Preditors is the best of the entire series after 1

  • jesusoftheapes
    jesusoftheapes 8 days ago

    "Im a Goddamn Sexual Tyrannosaurus" Not over the top ? Just better placed within the film and better acted !

  • Vlodimir
    Vlodimir 9 days ago

    I remember seeing Predator (original) when I was 10. It scared the shit out of me. I had nightmares for a whole goddamn year. One of the greatest gems in horror genre imo.

  • alchamist academy
    alchamist academy 9 days ago

    Na predator 2 is a underated classic.

  • JettytheYeti
    JettytheYeti 9 days ago

    So I just want to say it took me a while to find a video essay channel that didn't talk about backstage drama aspects or the directors problems. I wanted to find someone who analyzed the writing and the movie itself. You have earned yourself a subscriber with these videos. Thank you so much!

  • itchytastyurr
    itchytastyurr 9 days ago

    evil dead pulled it off- but it requires sypathy for the characters and plays on the eebie jeebie.

  • cam rellim
    cam rellim 9 days ago

    6:12 What about dipping fries in your McFlurry brah

  • Gary Darnell
    Gary Darnell 10 days ago

    Oh dear I was enjoying the video right up until the pity party at the end.

  • TheJuggtron
    TheJuggtron 10 days ago

    A good Comedy / Horror is "Idle Hands"
    Still mostly a comedy.

  • xXx_BonesJones16_xXx
    xXx_BonesJones16_xXx 10 days ago

    Green tea ice cream is actually a popular flavor in south east Asia.

  • duallist _
    duallist _ 11 days ago

    we need an apocalypto-style movie, set in the predator planet.
    no humans, only predators.
    you know what, since we're at it, give it to mel gibson to direct

  • Themayseffect
    Themayseffect 11 days ago

    Most of your vids can't be argued with, but this one is just not on the ball. For one, I think you missed the point of the movie, Where as every other predator had some real-world issue tide into it (the first one being how USA lost the war). This movie has no real purpose other than to present the predator in a new light, not about the horror. As of now, this movie ties in the current issue we have in the world which is social tension.

  • Deeplays Gaming
    Deeplays Gaming 11 days ago

    they should of done it in brazil, predators always go to hot places be good the predator in the favellas causiing gang wars by killing peolple randomly.

  • infinite zero gaming
    infinite zero gaming 12 days ago

    It is a parody

  • MiLo L.
    MiLo L. 12 days ago

    I liked that idea pitched in there, 👌

  • Yanuchi Uchiha: Anime, Games and Ramdomness

    the 5 minutes of the final battle in the og are scarier than the whole 2018 movie...

  • Jean Carlos Oliveira Santos

    As someone that it's struggling through depression right now, your personal story gave me a little hope that better things are coming. Thank you for your amazing work!

  • Stan Stanislav
    Stan Stanislav 13 days ago +1

    The best movie review I have ever seen. I agree with you 110 percent. Thank you so much!

  • Zbynek Trajer
    Zbynek Trajer 13 days ago

    When you combine ice cream and tea you will get tea flavored ice cream. I have seen it. :/

  • Wooden Hope
    Wooden Hope 13 days ago

    The "solution" to make the movie better kind of reminds me of tokyo ghoul XD

  • Wooden Hope
    Wooden Hope 13 days ago

    Somebody definetly never had vanilla ice cream with hot raspberries. Or Spagetti ice with hot strawberry sauce. Ice cream plus hot waffles are amazing. (Just kidding but the idea of combining comedy and horror is realy odd)

  • jai
    jai 13 days ago

    I don't think any sequel of the predator will ever be considered good because, as you said in the video, the whole scary part was that they didn't know what they were up against. In a sequel it is already an established character and that ambiguity is lost completely. There is virtually no room to make a good plot out of this. I'm sure Hollywood realized this and makes these very sloppy and shitty "reboots" for a quick cash grab.

  • Gold Bear Animations
    Gold Bear Animations 13 days ago

    Are u him sterling

  • whyme777x
    whyme777x 13 days ago

    Your opening line could've been about Predator, Alien, Total Recall, Robocop, Ghostbusters, or really anything from the 80s and 90s that's being/has been redone in modern days.

  • AnGrYGrEeKGuY
    AnGrYGrEeKGuY 13 days ago

    Who said it was supposed to be scary? They didn't go with scary this time and i liked it. It's 2019, the predator cannot be scary anymore. They made a movie for people to enjoy. Hardcore fans didn't enjoy it and that's okay. They never do. They only like the first one. If you are an adult and really thought you could watch a predator movie and be horrified, then you are just stupid.

  • Mauro acosta
    Mauro acosta 13 days ago

    Incredible! Thank you!!

  • solar flare
    solar flare 13 days ago

    He was doing the thumbs up to the driver so he could go farther and they didn't know we're he was

  • I'm an absolute unit, lads

    that story you made up was... INCREDIBLE !!!

  • maggoli67
    maggoli67 14 days ago +1

    I never liked the transition from a cloaking device to a physical shield in Predator 2. Always seemed cheap.

  • Nikolić Pavle
    Nikolić Pavle 14 days ago

    You know the Predator is hard when Jesus has to step in

  • Mr. Otaku
    Mr. Otaku 14 days ago

    Though the 2018 Predator did suck, I did enjoy ironically. It's suckiness did kinda save it for me, in a way.

  • Liam Fisher
    Liam Fisher 15 days ago +1

    I didn't even know this movie existed until now haha

  • Bryan ONeill
    Bryan ONeill 15 days ago

    I was on board until the 'fanfic' part of this review. Having the Predator be a human 'originally' would have been stupid. The whole DNA to make themselves better was a crap storyline to begin with. LIke the Alien movies, the better Predator stories would be ones that don't even happen on Earth. Humans are just fodder. Their character arcs aren't even worth addressing. The Predators were always positioned as a tribe based hunter race. Yes, they were technologically advanced, but to 'even up' the score against a foe they would remove the tech, just like the Predator did in the first movie. THAT fact shows they would never do DNA on themselves to improve who they were from an evolution standpoint, especially knowing what the consequences would be. Look, someone give me 100 million and a pen and I'll make a better movie.

  • Craig Perry
    Craig Perry 15 days ago

    I think your theory is wrong because the exec said that this Preditor takes place before 3, after 2

  • No Name
    No Name 15 days ago

    But wasn't the DNA just cause the predators were injecting themselves with human DNA. And are just a alien not human transformed from a human? That's what I got from the movie anyways.
    I dunno I think we should just pretend this movie never happened. I wish I could unseen this movie.

  • Misterprickly
    Misterprickly 15 days ago

    I just thought it was sad that Shane Black (who was IN the original as Hawkins) dropped the ball so hard.