The Terminator (1984)

Ok, let’s get this straight.

I have two older brothers – I grew up on a diet of action movies, mainly starring Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Arnold Schwarzenegger (essentially what is now the grizzly cast of The Expendables movies).

Ah nostalgia.

Ah nostalgia.

So I have actually seen The Terminator. Just not in a veeeery long time.

In fact, I realised most of what I remembered was actually from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which I watched waaay more times.

Firstly DAMN Arnie makes an excellent villain.

Seriously, I know the role didn’t require him to have many (any) facial expressions, but it was chilling stuff, even before he lost chunks of his face and became the creepy, red-eyed, death-stare skeleton.

Pretty impressive make-up/prosthetics for the time

Pretty impressive make-up/prosthetics for the time

And with all this talk of Ghostbusters getting a female reboot and the thumbs up for more oestrogen-driven action flicks, why don’t we take a moment to cheer director/co-writer James Cameron and the original Sarah Connor Linda Hamilton for creating a movie heroine  some three decades ago.



No wonder Ripley got a shot of badass in Aliens with Cameron on board to direct.

In fact, I found Connor very reminiscent of Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley – particularly her transformation from a scared survivor in the first film, to a warrior in the sequel.

What also struck me – aside from a super young Bill Paxton looking hilarious as a punk

Nice hair Bill Paxton

Nice hair Bill Paxton

– is just how much I hadn’t realised Terminator’s influence on modern day films.

Most recently, in the grim future of X-Men: Days of Future Past, where in the piles of skulls and even the Sentinels themselves, I could have been watching the 2029 of The Terminator.


Terminator-esque Sentinels

Terminator-esque Sentinels

What can I say? The Terminator is a classic for a reason. Not as scary as it would have been back in 1984, but still a gripping ride.

This year marks it’s 30th anniversary – next month (October) to be exact

and there’s been lots of news of late about the fifth Terminator film – Terminator: Genisys, which will see Arnie back in the franchise.
I told you I would be back...

I told you I would be back…

Couple of things to keep in mind:
– Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke will play Sarah Connor

Practising her Sarah Connor death-stare in season one of Game of Thrones

Coincidentally, her Game of Thrones co-star Lena Headey has also played the part in TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Lena Headey looking very un-Cersei as Sarah Connor

And director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) has directed Game of Thrones eps. Ok, this is feeling a little incestuous now, isn’t it?

No comment.

– It also stars Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, who has no link to Game of Thrones.
But he IS an Aussie, so we will claim that. He also won’t be intimidated by Arnie – he acted opposite Bruce Willis in the terrible A Good Day to Die Hard (aka Die Hard 5 – he likes his fourth sequels, doesn’t he?)
Courtney and Willis having a father-son moment in A Good Day to Die Hard

Courtney and Willis having a father-son moment in A Good Day to Die Hard

– The trailer will reportedly play before Christopher Nolan’s upcoming Interstellar according to
– Although fans might be waiting on the Terminator rights to revert back to Cameron in 2019, he said at the Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival that he “told the story I wanted to tell.” 
– And lastly, just cause….

Oh Bill. You also didn’t manage to find the Heart of the Ocean.