Thirty years ago “Predator,” hit theaters and became an instant classic — and with good reason. It’s got everything you want in a sci-fi action flick: A crack team of ripped, out of regs commandos who fight off a dreadlocked space-faring hunter with a penchant for skinning people and collecting their skulls as trophies.
But for those of us who remember the days of binge-watching bad action movies in the barracks, “Predator” is far more than just a testosterone-fueled rampage in the jungle. It’s a treasure trove of perfectly campy, over-the-top macho one-liners that we always dreamed of blurting out on deployment.
So, in honor of the flick’s dirty 30, here are five of the best one liners from “Predator.”
“Get to the choppa!!!”
This is probably one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best one-liners, and you know what? It’s pretty damn practical, too. After all, if you’re hitching a ride back to the FOB and the bird’s on its way into a hot LZ, then shit, man, you’d better not need urging to haul ass.
“There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man. We’re all gonna die.”
While it’s probably not something anyone wants to hear, you get to own that shit if you make something seem utterly insurmountable and then survive. And if you do actually die, well, then at least you’re not wrong.
“I ain’t got time to bleed.”
Ha ha ha … Okay there, war hero.
“If it bleeds … we can kill it.”
This is just common sense. But if you’re ever unsure that you can kill the bad guys with what you’ve got on hand, just pick up the radio, because there’s a whole lot of fuck you and die on the other end.
“This stuff will make you a goddamn sexual Tyrannosaurus, just like me.”
While this isn’t something anyone is likely to say in combat, it definitely has it’s place on deployment, where tobacco is present in all of it’s lovely shapes and forms. Even overseas, though, there’s always that one health-nut naysayer who wants to look down on all the dippers and chewers in the crowd — next time he comes along, just drop this line.