It's been nearly 30 years since it first appeared, and yet the alien superkiller known as "the Predator" still hasn't loosened its grip on pop culture. It's been in five films (with a potential sixth on the way) and more than a few comics, novels and videogames, and has even appeared in multiple toy incarnations. It's a sci-fi icon, and, as a result, people are still finding creative ways to use this vicious, almost-perfect hunter in their stories.
The latest of these is Predator: Dark Ages, a new fan-made short film from writer and director James Bushe that puts the Predator not in a jungle or an arctic island but in a forest in medieval Europe, where it meets a group of Templar Knights. Just as the Delta Force commandos were stalked through the jungles in the original film, so, too, are the knights hunted by something they can't see or understand, but they don't have machine guns or helicopters to help their fight. They've got their swords, their armor and their wits.
The trailer for the short both echoes the original Predator film and goes its own way, striking a foreboding tone that's true to its own very European surroundings while maintaining a connection to the spirit of the franchise. And, if this trailer is any indication, the production values definitely make it all worthwhile. They even have a cloaking device shot.
Check out the trailer for Predator: Dark Ages below. The film is set to make its debut next month at London Comic-Con, and hopefully we'll all get to glimpse it in all its glory shortly thereafter.
(Via Den of Geek)