Moviedrome Mondays: The Terminator (1984)

Sorry for posting this a day late – family emergency. I have posted a youtube video link below to Moviedrome presenter Alex Cox’s introduction to director James Cameron’s 1984 seminal sci-fi action classic The Terminator. My readers can also read his transcript here. The episode’s original airdate was June 24, 1990 (read here). Once again, there is nothing more I can add that has already been said about this timeless cinematic gem – except that I personally prefer it to the bigger-budgeted 1991 sequel, which was Terminator 2: Judgment Day. As much as I greatly admire the latter, the earlier film is so tightly executed in every single way that it can’t help but feel subtly unique at the same time. When all is said and done, it makes Terminator 2: Judgment Day (even with all of it’s spectacular special effects) look conventional by comparison.

Here is a youtube video link to Alex Cox’s Moviedrome intro to The Terminator

Here is a youtube video link to one of it’s two theatrical trailers

Here is a youtube video link to the second of it’s two trailers


11 thoughts on “Moviedrome Mondays: The Terminator (1984)

  1. The Terminator is a taut, perfectly paced and unrelenting. It gripped me, from the opening few minutes to the terror soaked finale.

  2. “Now I know why you cry” is the best wince-worthy line, for me, from Judgement Day.
    The original will always glow the brightest for me, too.

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