Alien Vs. Predator: Requiem is a forgettable sequel, but its strange relation to Quentin Tarantino’s classic Pulp Fiction is one of the film’s most interesting touches. Alien Vs Predator was released in 2004 just a year after the equally long-awaited Freddy Vs Jason, and it appeared to be the sci-fi version of the slasher showdown. However, Alien Vs Predator underwhelmed viewers and critics due to a PG-13 rating, a sluggish set-up, and uninteresting characters, and it is still regarded as one of the most disappointing entries in either genre.
Fans were relieved to see the R-rating and accompanying gore reinstated when an Alien Vs Predator sequel was released only three years later. This made it all the more tragic when, despite having an adults-only rating and featuring the long-awaited Predalien hybrid that was tantalisingly glimpsed at the end of the first film, Alien Vs Predator: Requiem managed to ruin both eponymous monsters with its dull storey, needlessly bleak tone, and shoddy cinematography.
The Predator character Wolf, a hunter sent down to Earth to clean up the mess left in one unfortunate small town after a Predator craft crashes and unleashes the Prealien, was one of the best parts of the much-maligned sequel. Wolf is named after Harvey Keitel’s no-nonsense cleaner from 1994’s cult classic Pulp Fiction, which is a shocking yet apt homage to Quentin Tarantino. Wolf, like Mean Streets star Harvey Keitel’s stern, unflappable Winston Wolf in Pulp Fiction, is sent to Earth to destroy any signs of Predator technology while tracking down and cleaning out Xenomorph hives.
Both characters are sent in to assess and clean up a bloody mess in a short amount of time, and both films show that they are exceptional at what they do. As a result, it’s understandable that the hunter was given the moniker “Wolf” as a nod to Keitel’s character. Not all of Wolf’s behaviours in the critically panned sequel, however, match this portrayal as well.
One gory Requiem sequence, for example, shows Wolf making an uncharacteristic mess as he kills, skins, and hangs a police officer who discovers him, a scene that could have easily been removed. This heinous act would clearly contradict his mission’s entire goal, but much of Alien Vs Predator: Requiem’s grim, violent action is more concerned with gore for the sake of gore than any semblance of character continuity. As a result, even one of the sequel’s most interesting characters, Wolf, is less consistent than Harvey Keitel’s Pulp Fiction namesake for the sake of a bloody shock that doesn’t quite suit the hunter’s M.O. Alien Vs Predator: Requiem’s Wolf is less consistent than Harvey Keitel’s Pulp Fiction namesake for the sake of a bloody shock that doesn’t quite fit the hunter’s M.O.