Alien Vs. Predator [2004] [PG-13] - 0.8.5

 
 

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Editor's Note: Aliens and Predators are both referred to as "alien creatures" in an attempt to conceal plot elements.

An expedition team discovers an ancient pyramid deep beneath the ice in Antarctica, where they discover that the two alien races featured previously in the "Alien" and "Predator" films are engaged in ancient, deadly combat. With Sanaa Lathan, Lance Henriksen, Raoul Bova, Ewen Bremner and Colin Salmon. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. [1:27]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A woman wears a low-cut tank top that reveals cleavage.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A dead alien creature lies next to a woman; she begins to writhe and moan, we hear crunching, she jerks, and an alien creature bursts out of her abdomen (we see the creature covered with blood and slime). A man hears noises, tries to shoot his weapon, and he is attacked (we hear him screaming). Other men are then attacked, one man is stabbed with a long blade, one man is pinned to the wall with a spear, one man is punched, thrown in the air and tossed down a long tunnel, we hear them screaming (we see blood on a knife blade and hear a lot of squishing sounds) and the bodies are tied by the feet and hung from the ceiling. A man covered with slime is attached to a wall by a cocoon, an alien creature hatches out of an egg and jumps toward him, the man shoots it, he looks around and sees other humans on the wall with alien creatures attached to their faces and a roomful of eggs that begin to hatch (we hear many gunshots and his screaming). A man is attacked by an alien creature (we see the man's legs thrashing around and hear him screaming). A man falls through a hole in a floor, is trapped in a chamber, and is attacked by an alien creature (we hear him scream). A man is covered by a metallic net, which, as he struggles against it, appears to be cutting into his skin; he is then stabbed with a spear, blood trickles down the blade and a woman trying to fight off his attacker is thrown against a wall. A bomb explodes, flames fill an underground cavern and shoot up a tunnel chasing two characters as they ascend, they reach the surface and the ground beneath them crumbles, as they run to the edge of a cliff. An alien creature lifts a man up by the neck, then puts him down, the man shoots a flame at the alien creature as it walks away, the alien creature then stabs the man through the abdomen and drops him to the floor dead (we hear a squish and see the man tumble down stairs). A woman shoots an alien creature, an alien creature slashes another alien creature repeatedly, a woman stabs an alien creature with a spear (it spills acid blood on her), and the alien creature chases the woman. A woman lashes an alien creature to a water tower that she pushes over a cliff and into water and one alien creature stabs another alien creature through the chest. A woman shoots an alien creature and it splatters. Two alien creatures fight: they toss each other through the air, they wrestle on the ground, they knock each other around, one slashes the leg off the other, one sprays the other with acid, one pins the other on the ground and thrusts its jaw into its head (we see green goo splatter). Two alien creatures fight some more by lunging at each other, wresting, punching, and one is stabbed with a spear and its jaws thrust out nearly hitting a woman. A slime-covered alien creature pops out of the chest of a character, hisses, screams and bares its teeth. An alien creature slices another alien creature in half (it drops to the floor), then it slices off another alien creature's head (we see the head separate and it drops to the ground). We see swarms of alien creatures charging toward other alien creatures, they fight, and we see a large explosion that flattens everything around it. We see eggs open and slimy alien creatures (looking like crabs with long tails) begin to launch themselves toward humans, and attaching themselves to their faces (there's a lot of squishing and slime and the people scream and shoot their weapons). People are watched by alien creatures, and then attacked; one man is pulled into the air by a rope around his neck, one man is struck by a thrown spear, and men shoot their guns. An alien creature begins to tear out from within a man's abdomen and a woman shoots him. A man lies injured on the ground and an alien creature slashes him with a blade (we hear squishing and blood sprays on the wall while the man screams). An alien creature uses the acid blood of its alien victim to mark itself and a woman is marked in a similar manner. A man and a woman jump across a chasm, the woman slips and falls, the man grabs her arm, and he is attacked and dragged away by an alien creature. An alien creature is stabbed through the back by another alien creature (we see a long blade poke out through its chest, we see green goo (it is its blood). We see a room full of eggs and humans encased in cocoons along a wall (some with alien creatures attached to their faces). We see again a room full of people with alien creatures attached to their faces. We see seven slabs with the decayed remains of human bodies and the room is filled with skulls and bones (the room is referred to as the sacrificial chamber). We see a body with its rib bones pushed out and there is a discussion of something having pushed its way out from the inside. A large alien creature lays many eggs through a long tube, while writhing and screaming (we see a lot of slime and hear a lot of squishing sounds). A man and a woman run through passages as the walls of a pyramid shift. A man squeezes through a passage as the top begins to close down and barely makes it out. Also, people are trapped in chambers when the walls of a pyramid shift. A man breaks free from his safety line and slips down an ice tunnel, and a woman catches him by catching the hood of his coat with her ice pick. An alien creature arms itself with bladed weapons and a metal mask. People walk through an abandoned whaling camp (we see whale bones) and we are told that the people who were there 100 years ago disappeared mysteriously. An alien creature in shackles is lifted up out of ice, thaws and begins moving its limbs (we hear crunching and popping). An alien creature cuts up another alien creature (a lot of slime oozes out) and makes its pieces into a shield and weapon. We see the alien creatures in detail throughout the movie: some have sharp fangs (a few sets of them), lots of slime, sharp claws, whip-like tails, etc. A man hears slithering noises and is jumpy and frightened. A woman loads a gun and people prepare for an expedition 2,000 miles beneath ice. A woman climbs a sheer ice wall, slips and nearly falls. We see depictions on wall carvings of alien creatures fighting each other. Three pods are launched from a spaceship and crash into ice. A sarcophagus opens with loud rumblings and smoke pours out. A spaceship fires a beam toward Earth. A man has coughing fits and uses a breather (he is very ill).

PROFANITY 5 - 1 F-word and 1 derivative not fully audible, 7 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Exploration, alien creatures, extraterrestrial life, predatory instincts, greed, rituals of sacrifice, movie franchises.

MESSAGE - Sometimes we have to pick the lesser of two evils to ensure survival.

Special Keywords: S0 - V8 - P5 - MPAAPG-13

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