Monster Mash: 'Alien Vs. Predator'

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Predictions for Alien Vs. Predator If you're not prepared for Hollywood's latest monster mash, here's a little background:

Future governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jesse Ventura discovered the otherworldly terror of Predator when they teamed up in the 1987 film as commandos fighting extraterrestrial hunters who stalk humans for their trophy case.

When Schwarzenegger finally wrestles one of these baddies to the ground and tears off its space suit, he finds it's a giant insect-like creature with a mouth surrounded by little pincers to shove in food.

You could almost see the future California governor's anti-girlie man philosophy emerging as the film progressed.

"What's the matter?" he says to one of his disheartened troopers. "The CIA got you pushing too many pencils?"

Compared to that, you might assume a chance meeting with a highly sexual ET would be much more pleasurable. Sigourney Weaver found that wasn't the case in 1979's Alien, when she was part of a space crew that happens upon an unknown creature with two sets of snapping teeth and a penchant for laying eggs in the bodies of its victims.

"Of course, I hope Alien wins," said Weaver last week, while promoting her current film, The Village.

"I wish them well with it, but it certainly wasn't anything I wanted to do."

Here's what some horror film fans had to say about the battle royal, which opens in theaters Friday:

"Predator has the greatest hunting skills in the universe, but I have to give the edge to the Alien because they breed so fast. They're like giant greasy space roaches. You can never kill them all off."

— Bob Madison, author of Dracula: The First Hundred Years