It looks as if The Predator, the newest entry into the franchise, is going to be R-Rated. Producer Shane Black shared some very clear opinions on the matter this weekend through his Twitter account.

While giving us a teaser about something for the film arriving on Monday, he followed it up with a tweet that some may find provocative – and others may find relatable.


“And, just to be clear… PG-13 is for pussies. Spines bleed… a lot.”

PG-13 for pussies? I disagree. But I do appreciate Black’s brashness on the matter. This is an era where many horror and science fiction franchises seem watered down and plastic; the Predator franchise being one of them.

The original film was bloody, violent, and decently tense. In 2004, the series went in a safer direction with Alien vs. Predator. Many found the film dull, citing a lack of gore a big factor.

Now, usually I would think such a notion to be silly. Let’s be honest here, though. The character of the Predator is so frightening in itself due to its violent tendency to literally rip out your spine. You can’t really do that without a healthy serving of blood to go along with a stolen vertebrae. It just doesn’t work like that.

I’m not saying the world needs more violence. The world certainly has its fair share of that. But the horror genre is a place to escape the horrors of the real world. Sometimes, if we admit to our most primal feelings, we just want to see a little blood. Call if morbid, call it curious, call it whatever you want, but fans of the genre will undoubtedly agree.

The Predator is set to be released on February 9th, 2018. It stars Olivia Munn, Sterling K. Brown, and Boyd Holbrook and will be directed by Shane Black.