The distinctive masks of the yautja are an iconic element of the Predator franchise, but there are a few that stand out above the rest.
The Yautja, Ultimate Hunters with a Code of Honor
Without a doubt, the yautja is one of the most iconic movie monsters of modern cinema. First featured in the 1987 classic, Predatorthis ruthless and clever killing machine fought his way through a squad of heavily armed soldiers before taking on the equally iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger. The film’s success has spawned five sequels – known as the saga Predator-, in addition to a wider universe of comics, novels, video games… and now a prequel: prey the prey.
But despite the brilliance of that initial design, the first film began shooting with an entirely different alien lead.
The first Predator mask
The original costume Predator It had a long neck, a strange bird-shaped head, and legs that folded backwards, but technical problems with the suit caused the production to be shut down for several months while the makeup effects visionary Stan Winston He was working on a new aspect, which is already part of cinema history and which would include a detail that would make this interplanetary hunter even more terrifyingly lethal: his maskwhich detects body heat in the dark and has the ability to record and send information to its home base, Yautja Prime.
Best Predator skin designs we’ve seen
Celtic – Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Celticfrom the first movie Alien vs. Predator has one of the prettiest skins in the franchise and fits well with the aggressive and arrogant style of the yautja. The biomask looks even better with the damage it took in the battle against the xenomorfo Network. Like other youth teams Predator, it probably wasn’t acid proof. The mask failed to protect Celtic from a bite from the alien’s second jaws, but it is unknown if any Predator mask can stop the point-blank force of that powerful bite.
Urban Hunter – Predator 2 (1990)
The first film sequel showed that there are many more types of yautja, and began the gradual evolution of his appearance both under and over the armor. The film introduces a group of new hunters sometimes known as the lost tribe. They arrive in Los Angeles in 1997 and get to work. The urban hunter is the main hunter, and carries a more complete set of weapons than his jungle counterpart.
The various members of this hunting party revealed that not all Predators look the same as the makeup designer Stan Winston he had more time to develop the design of the creatures than in the first film. The City Hunter’s biomask is more angular, his skin color is darker, and his forehead features a distinctive horned crest.
Poacher – Prey the Prey (2022)
The marketing of Prey has kept the new Yautja hunter hidden for the most part, and since the film hasn’t been released until today, August 5, it’s hard to classify his mask in relation to his fellow hunters. However, as it has been shown in some clips, we know that it is different from all the other skins in the franchise.
While most of the hunters in the saga stories Predator they are limited to wearing technologically advanced masks, the one in this prequel appears to be handmade by the yautja after they arrived on Earth. Specifically, it appears to be made from the skull of the bear it kills in the trailer, giving it a more sneaky, wild look.
Jungle Hunter – Predator (1987)
The hunter yautja original that gave rise to the entire franchise Predator and his mask would become the model for almost all other masks in some way. The mask is still part of the reason the original Predator is still going strong today. From the dark eyes to the laser aiming system to the humanoid features, this was the skin that started it all.
This first mask is much softer and more rounded than other Predator masks, which contrasts with the more robust face it hides. This mask is also important in the original, as its metallic design, combined with its high-tech features, is intended to confirm to the public that the yautja is not a mindless monster. He is intelligent and deadly, planning his brutal kills instead of attacking like an animal.
Wolf – Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
Although for lovers of both franchises this film is one of the worst, Wolf (named after the character from Harvey Keitel in Pulp Fiction) It’s one of the yautja fan favorite and his menacing mask is part of his appeal. The biomask is actually quite simple in design, but has taken a lot of battle damage and is upgraded with spikes on top.
There are also some symbols of Predator engravings on the forehead that it is not known what they mean, but perhaps they are marks of successful hunts. The mask sits nicely between the two shoulder cannons. as seen in Alien vs. Predator: RequiemWolf actually has a great selection of different skins, but the one he has chosen is probably the prettiest.