Predator is a 1987 American science-fiction film directed by John McTiernan. It stars Arnold-Schwarzenegger as the leader of an elite special-forces team who-are on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central Of America. Kevin Peter Hall co/stars as the titular antagonist, a technologically advanced form of extraterrestrial life secretly stalking and hunting the group. Predator was written by Jim and John Thomas in 1985, under the working title of Hun-ter. Filming began in 04/1986 and creature effects were devised by Stan-Winston. The budget 0f film was around $15 million. 20th Century-Fox released it in the USA on 12/06/ 1987, where it grossed $59,735,548. Initial-critical reaction was mixed criticism focused on the thin plot.