• The Terminator (1984)

    Posted by on December 19th, 2008 · Comments (5)

    During the early to mid 1980′s, I was in a long-term (dating) relationship with a girl named Lisa. We dated for a while – if I recall correctly it started around 1982 or 1983 and it ended in 1986. We really didn’t have many common interests. Looking back at it now, I would suggest that she was mostly interested in dating a guy whose last name ended in a vowel and then getting married sooner rather than later. Me? I was in my early 20′s, somewhat immature, truly a bit of a jerk, and really had no clue as to what I wanted. So, it’s amazing that we lasted as long as we did stick together.

    In any event, one of the things that we did like to do (in common) was going to the movies – and we did that a lot. There were many weekends where we went out to see two movies. We would just “go” – often not knowing much about what we were going to see when we got there.

    One Sunday night back in 1984, we elected to go check out this movie called “The Terminator” (at the Lane Theater on New Dorp Lane in Staten Island, where we both lived). And, this was one of those cases where we went in blind, not knowing anything about the flick. (I guess, somehow, even with all the movies that we went to, we missed seeing the trailer for “The Terminator”? Either that, or, back then, you didn’t get 15 minutes of trailers before a film – like you do now.)

    I’ll always remember seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name come up in the opening and thinking “Hey, that’s the guy from the Conan movies” and thinking “That’s interesting.” (Remember, at this time “Arnold” was not “Arnold” in the movie-sense yet.)

    And, I’ll always remember walking out of that movie thinking “Whoa…That movie was great!” And, today, I still feel that way. Sure, the ones to follow in this series have been wonderful – and the new one coming out looks good too (from the trailers). But, none of those would be possible if not for the first – so, that’s why this one makes my Fav Flicks list.

    Comments on The Terminator (1984)

    1. BILLSTYLE
      December 19th, 2008 | 4:32 pm

      do you watch Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles ?

    2. December 19th, 2008 | 4:43 pm

      Yup, I’ve seen every episode to date. And, I’m a bit bummed that they’re moving it to Fridays. That’s usually the kiss of death for a series.

    3. butchie22
      December 19th, 2008 | 4:44 pm

      The first one set the standard, didn’t it? The second one was great too, but it was state of the art and over the top compared to this one. The first one had a low budget feel BUT did a lot with that low budget. It reminded me a lot of old Twilight Zone and Outer Limit episodes . It reminded Harlan Ellison(one of my favorite writers) of all time of his Outer Limits episode ” Hero” that he sued Cameron and won the lawsuit for credit.

    4. Corey
      December 19th, 2008 | 9:21 pm

      personally i prefer the second one, but the first one is right there…great film

    5. May 31st, 2009 | 8:50 am

      [...] As some many recall, I’m a pretty big fan of the “Terminator” franchise/genre – going back to 1984. So, I was looking forward to this one. And, after seeing the “HBO First Look” episode [...]

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