The Predator is set to take on Santa and his reindeer in the teaser for a new stop-motion animated holiday special from Comedy Central. Writer-director Shane Black brought the iconic Predator back to screens in 2018 in a reboot pitting the alien hunter against soldiers, scientists and an autistic child who uses his genius to discover the secrets of the alien’s tech.
This time around, the Predator sported genetic upgrades, making the character bigger and badder than ever. Audiences clearly didn't embrace this new take on the Predator franchise however, as the film only managed to take in $51 million domestically and $160 million worldwide. The movie’s poor box office performance likely means that Fox won’t be revisiting the Predator franchise any time soon, even though the movie seemed to set up a sequel.
Though the Predator may have gone on his last hunt as a big-screen character, he'll get one more chance to wreak havoc later in December thanks to a new stop-motion animated holiday short. This time, the Predator will square off against his toughest enemy ever: Santa and his reindeer. The short is set to air on Comedy Central on December 19 at 10:30PM EST during BoJack Horseman. See the teaser trailer below:
The stop-motion style of the Predator holiday special is reminiscent of classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but of course since this is the Predator, the level of carnage promises to be a lot higher than in your normal holiday show. The teaser sees Sprinkles the Elf and the reindeer Blitzen getting ready for the “most merry mission of the year,” until the famous Predator three-dotted targeting laser appears on Blitzen. Blitzen then picks up a minigun like the one Jesse Ventura packed in the original Predator, and begins blasting away. But like Ventura, Blitzen meets a gory end as the Predator blows a hole clean through his mid-section.
Of course, this Predator special is completely tongue-in-cheek, as confirmed by its airing on Comedy Central during the always bizarre BoJack Horseman. Perhaps Predator fans who weren’t enamored with Shane Black’s take on the franchise will at least be able to get a few laughs out of the idea of the Predator squaring off against Santa and his reindeer in a weird and bloody send-up of classic stop-motion animated TV specials. The Predator itself is currently available on Digital, and comes out on on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on December 18.
Source: 20th Century Fox