After lines of people curved around the block and down the streets surrounding Austin, Texas' storied Alamo Drafthouse, Robert Rodriguez let members of the press and even a few honest-to-goodness film fans inside to premiere the forthcoming trailer and answer questions about the new film Predators. Attendees drank beer and chomped on chicken fingers as Rodriguez appeared before a capacity crowd alongside director Nimrod Antal and effects guru Greg Nicotero to screen footage and offer hints at what's to come from the sequel-cum-reboot he agreed to produce in 2008.
Following a short introduction, Rodriguez screened the film's trailer twice in a row, stopping only to point out that there were two different versions, although he didn't specify what those differences were. Regardless, the trailer is a terrifically-riveting blast of fanboy provocation: characters played by Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, and Oleg Taktarov offer vague impressions of their experiences battling a mysterious creature – one ominously says "there was a flash of light, and then I was falling" – as they navigate their way through an unforgiving, tropical landscape. As title cards read "THEY ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS HUNTERS ON THE PLANET, BUT THIS IS NOT OUR PLANET," Brody's character acknowledges that for once, this group of murderers and assassins is in fact something else's prey.