This would be the third time I've seen Terminator on the big screen in three years. The first was at the Egyptian in Hollywood for the 25th Anniversary; cinematographer Adam Greenberg and some of the special f/x crew were in attendance. The second time would be paired with the sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, also at the Egyptian, as part of their Mayan Calendar Countdown series.
If you haven't seen this movie but still read my blog I applaud you because I'm a non-sequitur mother fucker with a mind for movie details and healthy obsession with few subjects. Anyways, The Terminator is about an assassin and a protector sent back from a nuclear war torn, post-apocalyptic future. Their target is a young woman whose son will grow up and lead the human resistance against the controlling body of self aware computers. The assassin, a cybernetic organism covered in human flesh, is played by none other than the King of Kings, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Protector/soldier/father of the future Kyle Reese is played by soon to be Cameron alum Michael Biehn while mother of the resistance Sarah Connor is portrayed by future ex-Mrs. James Cameron Linda Hamilton.
For a movie that was only supposed to play for a few weeks like an 80's Charles Bronson vehicle, The Terminator has certainly stood the test of time since it's release 30 years ago. A new trilogy is in the works (sans Cameron but that's another rant, I mean post) following 2 sequels, a prequel and a television series. In a strange bit of coincidence, today is James Cameron's birthday. I hope he continues to create and innovate for another 30 years.
A nice vintage making of: