THE TERMINATOR. James Cameron, dir. USA: Orion, 1984. Gale Anne Hurd, prod. Cameron and Hurd, script. Features Arnold Schwarzenegger.
See for antipathy between humans and conscious, AI machines, epitomized by the Terminators: nearly indestructible killer robots of great efficiency and fanatical perseverance. Cf. F. Saberhagen's berserkers (see under Fiction); for the motif of the hand, see end of film and TERMINATOR 2—and cf. and contrast METROPOLIS, DR. STRANGELOVE, DR. NO (1963), and "Demon with a Glass Hand." Much discussed at the time and since, including a short book in the British Film Institute series, rev. by Jack Kroll, Newsweek 19 Nov. 1984: 132. Discussed by V. Sobchack in Screening Space, Chapter 4; Martin Perlman, "THE TERMINATOR," Cinefantastique 15 (July 1985): 36 f. See in this Category, TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY. An important film for Men's Studies, suggesting that the ultimate macho ideal would be, under the skin, a killer robot.
Parodied on "PeTerminator" episode of Family Guy, along with TERMINATOR 2 and others of the TERMINATOR series.
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