The general rule of thumb when trying to scare the bejeesus out of movie audiences is pretty simple: Things look way scarier in the dark. Just ask director Shane Black, who has confessed that the extensive reshoots to The Predator reboot came down to the fact that the film just wasn't giving him the creeps in the cold light of day.
In a new interview with Collider, Black says that the fourth installment to the franchise, which was originally set for release this February, has been delayed because the footage that was shot during the daytime didn't "look right."
He explained: "It doesn't look scary in the daytime. Then we decided to streamline the plot so we could go back up and really concentrate on the scarier elements of doing it at night. So literally, as they've said, the difference is night and day. We took everything out of day and put it into darkness."
The reshoots were finished earlier this year in April, after Black reworked the film's entire third act.
Black first came on board as the director the film back in 2014, and it seems as though he's been meticulously working overtime to put his own stamp on the series, that started with the 1987 movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. That movie spawned sequels, Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010) and then crossovers with the Alien franchise including Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).
Fans of those movies will be happy to know that there will be some Easter eggs scattered throughout the new one, giving nods to the original, as Black told SYFY WIRE at San Diego Comic-Con last month (which you can see in the interview below).
The Predator will now hit theaters on Sept. 14. and might we suggest you bring your night vision goggles along to a screening, just in case.
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