It’s been a while since we’ve done anything on "Alien vs. Predator 2," so let’s talk about that one for a few minutes.
If you’re a big fan of the "Alien" and/or "Predator" series (and who isn’t?) then you were probably pretty psyched, and then probably pretty disappointed by "Alien vs. Predator." But with a sequel on the horizon, our hopes are simply this: a better flick. (Nastier, too.)
AlienExperience.com had a rather solid interview with "AVP2" art director Andrew Li, and buried within the large article were a few choice tidbits:
"AXP: As the setting is unique to both the Alien and Predator franchises, what kind of influences did you draw from the previous installments?
AL: For the Predator, we got a glimpse of their starship at the ending of the last AVP when we see one of their own lying dead on a Predator altar bed. We take cues from that design and ramp it up for our version of the altar bed and the Predator spacecraft. We developed our own version of the Predator alphabet which is similar to the characters that have already been established.
AXP: This is the first film featuring the Alien creatures to be shot predominately on-location; was it a challenge to create new and convincing environments?
AL: What’s unique about this Alien movie is that we finally see the Aliens invading somewhere that most people would be familiar with – small town U.S.A. In a sense, this puts the movie in the classic horror genre where some evil being is killing innocent people in places that were once considered safe. So by this measure, it was not difficult to create new and convincing settings. The Alien is an incredibly resilient character."
"Classic horror genre?" Cool. Late in the piece Mr. Li plainly states: "It’s a horror movie." Hopefully that means an R rating, right?