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Trailers from Hell: Adam Rifkin Narrates James Cameron's 'The Terminator'

Thompson on Hollywood By TOH! | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2012 at 2:02PM

Trailers from Hell starts their The Robots Are Due On Elm St! week with Adam Rifkin discussing the trailer for James Cameron's "The Terminator":
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The Terminator

Trailers from Hell starts their The Robots Are Due On Elm St! week with Adam Rifkin discussing the trailer for James Cameron's "The Terminator":

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.

This article is related to: Trailers from Hell, Video, Genres, James Cameron


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.