Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem is a film released in 2007. It is a sequel of Alien vs Predator. It follows after the events of Alien vs Predator, that involves a Predalien created at the end of the previous film crash-landing in a small American townand wreaking havoc on the local populace. As the inhabitants struggle to survive, a Predator steps in to contain the situation.
After the events of Alien vs Predator, a Predator spaceship is seen leaving Earth carrying Facehuggers and the body of Scar, the Predator that defeated the Xenomorph Queen on Antarctica. Suddenly, a Xenomorph Chestburster with Predator-like characteristics erupts from Scar's corpse and quickly sneaks onto a scout ship that detaches from the spaceship. There, it develops into a fully grown Predalien and begins killing all of the Predators inside the ship. During the carnage, a Predator's Plasmacaster shoots the vessel's hull and the ship falls to Earth where it smashes in the forest of Gunnison, Colorado, causing the Predalien, who survived the crash, to escape along with several Facehuggers. Two Facehuggers attack a father and son during a hunting trip and subdue them, while the Predalien and the rest of the Facehuggers go into the sewers and impregnate several homeless people living there when their dog sensed them coming down the path.
A distress signal sent by one of the Predators from the crashed scout ship before he was killed by the Predalien, reaches the Predator's home world. There, a skilled veteran Predator known as Wolf responds to the signal before gathering up his equipment and journeys to Earth. After landing on the surface, Wolf finds the wreckage of the crashed ship where he receives a mask recording message of the Predalien and the Facehuggers escaping the crash from one of the dead Predators. Wolf gets himself more weaponry from fallen Predators before blowing up the ship with a self-destruct device and begins his hunt of the Predalien and the Xenomorphs.
Meanwhile in Gunnison, resident Dallas Howard has just returned to town after serving time in jail. He is met by Sheriff Eddie Morales and meets his younger brother Ricky, who has given himself a job by delivering pizzas. Ricky has a relationship in his classmate Jesse, but is being antagonized by her aggressive boyfriend Dale and his best friends. When Ricky attempts to send pizza to Jesse's house, Dale confronts him, snatches his car keys and throws them down a drain. Later, after finding the recovered keys in the sewers, Dallas and Ricky hear noises and see something before leaving. Nearby, soldier Kelly O'Brien also returning to Gunnison after serving a tour away in the US Army is reunited with her husband Tim and younger daughter Molly. Darcy Benson, the wife of the deceased father and mother of the deceased son, begins searching for her missing husband and son.
Later that night, Sheriff Morales leads a party into the forest to look for the missing father and son. During the search, one of the deputies Ray Adams encounters Wolf melting away the corpses of the deceased father and son with an acidic blue liquid, but is killed and skinned after he attracts the Predator's attention when his radio transceiver picked up. Afterwards, Wolf makes his way into the sewers, where he tracks the residue of the Xenomorphs, but is attacked by the creatures, forcing him to defeat many of them. During the battle, the Predalien appears and whips Wolf with its tail, sending the Predator flying into a wall and blasts a hole to the streets, causing the Predalien and the Xenomorphs to escape and swarm into the town. The Predalien enters a diner where local waitress Carrie works and kills the cook before impregnating Carrie. Darcy later discovers her corpse, but Sheriff Morales arrives and brings her with him.
Meanwhile, after breaking out of the sewers, Wolf pursues some Xenomorphs to the town's power plant, where damage from his Plasmacaster causes a city-wide power outage. Elsewhere, Ricky and Jesse meet at the high school swimming pool, but Dale and his cronies arrive and fight Ricky until the power goes out and a Xenomorph enters the building where it kills Dale's two friends, but the rest escape. Meanwhile, another Xenomorph breaks into the O'Brien house and kills Tim, but Kelly escapes with Molly.
Kelly and Molly meet up with Dallas, Ricky, Jesse, Dale and Sheriff Morales at a sporting store to gather weapons. Having been alerted to the events of the town, the military arrive, but they proved to be no match for the Xenomorphs and quickly killed off. Wolf appears at the store, having followed Kelly and Molly and captures Dallas, intending to use him as bait to lure the Xenomorphs, but he manages to escape. Several Xenomorphs arrive and Wolf handily kills them while the survivors escape. However, Dale is killed during the battle and Wolf's two Plasmacasters are damaged, but he is able to change his remaining one into a Plasma Pistol.
As the survivors attempt to escape Gunnison, they contact with Colonel Stevens, who indicates that an air evacuation is being staged at the center of the town. Kelly is suspicious of the military's intentions, convincing a small group to go to the town's hospital, where they use the facility's medical helicopter to escape. Sheriff Morales puts his faith in the military and heads to the evacuation area with Darcy and the rest of the surviving citizens.
At the hospital, Dallas, Kelly and the others discover the building has been turned into a hive and infiltrated by Xenomorphs and the Predalien, who has been producing species by impregnating women in the pregnancy area. Wolf also arrives at the hospital where he fights more Xenomorphs. During the fight, Jesse is accidentally killed by one of the Predator's thrown Shurikens. Enraged and avenging the death of Jesse, Ricky rushes towards Wolf and shoots at him with gunfire, but is quickly wounded by the Predalien. After Wolf is attacked by a Xenomorph and falls down an elevator shaft, Dallas finds the Predator's Plasma Pistol that he had dropped and equips it as his own weapon.
The battle continues through the building until Dallas, an injured Ricky, Kelly and Molly reach the rooftop and fight several Xenomorphs before the four flee to the helicopter, where Kelly takes control and escapes. Meanwhile, Wolf, who actually survived the fall, engages the Predalien in combat and a final showdown ensues, but the Predator's weaponry gets damaged during the fight after he is outmatched. Wolf is forced to remove his equipment and unmasks himself before he charges at the Predalien, causing the two to become locked in a deadly grasp and seriously wound each other just as a military jet arrives. Instead of a rescue airlift, it drops a tactical nuclear bomb that engulfs the town in a massive explosion, killing the remaining Xenomorphs and the survivors including Sheriff Morales and Darcy gathered at the center of the town as well as Wolf and the Predalien, who are still locked in combat. A shock wave from the explosion hits the helicopter, causing Kelly to lose control and it smashes into a clearing of the forest. Dallas, Ricky, Kelly and Molly survive the crash where they are found and rescued by Special Forces soldiers, who confiscate Wolf's Plasma Pistol.
Later, Colonel Stevens presents the recovered weapon to Ms. Yutani, who responds that the world is not yet ready for such technology, but Colonel Stevens replies that technology is not intended for the world until the future.
- Dallas .... Steven Pasquale
- Kelly .... Reiko Aylesworth
- Morales .... John Ortiz
- Ricky .... Johnny Lewis
- Molly .... Ariel Gade
- Jesse .... Kristen Hager
- Tim .... Sam Trammell
- Col. Stevens .... Robert Joy
- Dale .... David Paetkau
- Predalien .... Tom Woodruff, Jr.
- Wolf .... Ian Whyte
- Darcy .... Chelah Horsdal
- Curtis .... Meshach Peters
- Mark .... Matt Ward
- Nick .... Michal Suchánek
- Drew .... David Hornsby
- Deputy Ray .... Chris William Martin
- Deputy Joe .... James Chutter
- Deputy .... Phil Buhler
- Deputy .... Kevin Haaland
- Carrie .... Gina Holden
- Buddy .... Kurt Max Runte
- Sam .... Liam James
- Dr. Lennon .... Tim Henry
- Karl .... Tom McBeath
- Nathan .... Ty Olsson
- Ritchie .... Anthony Harrison
- Homeless Harry .... Lloyd Berry
- Nurse Helen .... Rekha Sharma
- Tina .... Catherine Lough Haggquist
- Pregnant Sue .... Victoria Bidewell
- Lt. Wood .... Dalias Blake
- Mr. Thomas .... Tim Perez
- Earl .... Rainbow Sun Francks
- Scotty .... Juan Riedinger
- Broadcaster .... Val Cole
- Tank Driver .... Andrew Hedge
- Truck Driver .... Ryan Robbins
- Special Forces Commander .... Curtis Caravaggio
- Ms. Y .... Françoise Yip
- Homeless Guy .... John Wardlow
- Homeless Lady .... Nesta Chapman
- Additional Predator .... Ian Feuer
- Additional Predator .... Bobby "Slim" Jones
- National Guard .... Glen Brkich
- Pregnant Woman .... Jay-Lyn Green
- Pregnant Woman .... Lili Wexu
- ER Resident Doc .... Adrian Hough
- ER Doctor #2 .... Karen van Blankenstein
Inspired by Terminator 2: Judgment Day, brothers Colin and Greg Strause moved to Los Angeles to break into the film business. After an unsuccessful attempt to find employment at Industrial Light & Magic, the brothers worked on The X-Files film in 1998 and founded their own special effects company, Hydraulx. The company produced special effects for films such as Volcano, Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, Poseidon, and 300 and the brothers began a career directing commercials and music videos. Colin believes Hydraulx secured a strong relationship with 20th Century Fox, which owns the Alien and Predator franchises.
The brothers unsuccessfully pitched an idea for the first Alien vs. Predator film and Fox almost bought a film titled Wolfenstein suggested by the brothers, "When the script came up for this movie, they thought we'd be perfect for it because it's an ambitious movie for the budget that they had and they knew that having our visual effects background was going to be a huge thing." The brothers were hired to direct the sequel to Alien vs. Predator in late spring 2006 and had limited time to start filming in the fall. The film's original title was Alien vs. Predator: Survival of the Fittest, but was later dropped.
Filming on Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem on September 25, 2006 in Vancouver, Canada. on a 52-day schedule. During filming breaks, the brothers supervised visual effects work on 300, Shooter and The Invasion by using in-house supervisors and a system called Mavis and Lucy, which let the brothers track, view and approve dailies. Colin estimates Hydraulx produced 460 of the 500 visual effects shots including the nuclear explosion which was created using Maya fluids and BA Volume Shader. The interior of the Predator ship was created using CGI, as the brothers felt it would be more cost effective than building a set. The visual effects team peaked at 110 people for several months and averaged 70, almost all of the entire Hydraulx staff.
Using their knowledge in visual effects and making use of principal photography, the brothers tried to film as much as they could on camera without resorting to CGI, Colin said "other than the exterior spaceship shots, there are no pure CG shots." CGI was used for the Alien tails and inner jaws, whereas they required puppeteers and wire removal on previous films. The main visual effects of the film included set design, a nuclear explosion, the Predator's ship crashing and the Predator cloak, about which Colin stated "We wanted to make sure it didn't look too digital."
As a side-note, in the DVD commentary the brothers explained that they want actor Adam Baldwin to reprise his role as Garber in Predator 2, but unable to do so, instead using Robert Joy as a new character. Additionally, while the previous installment attracted casual moviegoers as well as fans of the franchises, the film catered exclusively to Alien and Predator fans with many references to the previous films appearing in the film.