Sunday Matinee: The Terminator

Terminator1984 was a good year for movies. Not only are Ghostbusters, Gremlins, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Beverly Hills Cop celebrating their 30th anniversaries, so is a certain James Cameron classic. The Terminator.

It’s 1984 and two individuals arrive from the future. Resistance fighter Reese (Michael Biehn) and the Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, an evil cyborg sent to kill Linda Hamilton who will give birth to a person who will save the world after evil machines nearly wipe out mankind thanks to an evil computer called Skynet. Reese tries to protect Hamilton, who is naturally a little skeptical about the whole future/time travel thing until Arnold shows up killing everything in sight.

This was James Cameron’s first hit, it was a fairly low budget movie but it was released just after the summer blockbuster season but just before the big Xmas blockbuster season. The film would go on to influence cinema and pop culture for years with sequels, TV shows, comics and of course a ton of knock-offs. But nothing can top the original.

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Author: Shane Hnetka

Shane Hnetka spends most of his life watching movies and reading comic books, using his vast knowledge of genre culture for evil instead of good.

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