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The Terminator

Released 1984
Distributor Orion

A killer cyborg from 2029 (played by California’s former “Governator”) arrives in the present to prevent the birth of the activist who will lead the rebellion against the corporate overlords of the future. Born of a fever dream James Cameron had while finishing Piranha II, this modestly budgeted, cleverly made sci fi thriller became a sleeper hit that, building on its cable tv and home video popularity, led to three sequels and a tv series. Harlan Ellison noted its similarity to two Outer Limits tv scripts he had written and won a lawsuit, resulting in credit and remuneration. TFH fave Dick Miller plays the world’s unluckiest gunshop owner.

About Adam Rifkin

Adam Rifkin is the versatile writer/director known for writing family fare like Disney’s Underdog, Dreamwork’s MousehuntSmall Soldiers and Zoom. From his darker, grittier side Rifkin wrote and directed the cult hits The Dark BackwardDetroit Rock CityNight at the Golden Eagle, The Chase and his critically acclaimed and award winning surveillance drama Look.  Most recently Rifkin wrote and directed Reality Show,  a dark satire about the world of reality television that had its world premiere on the opening night of the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Follow Adam on Twitter Adam on Facebook