In 1984, Terminator created a new sci-fi action genre. With a combination of taught set-pieces, horrific cyborgs, artificial intelligence, time travel and apocalyptic futurescapes, the movie established a relentless cinematic style that is still emulated today, and launched the superstar careers of its ambitious young director, James Cameron, and actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.
It also marked the birth of one of cinema’s most successful franchises. Seven years later, Terminator 2: Judgment Day not only re-booted filmgoers’ expectations of action sequences and special effects, but dramatically extended the emotional scope of science fiction storytelling to create a modern myth that has been re-worked in comics, fiction, videogames and on screen ever since.
Terminator Vault is both a celebration of these two ground-breaking movies and a look behind the scenes at the wizardry that created them. Reproductions of original scripts concept artwork and fresh interviews with key players bring the reader inside the development process, and over 150 colour images evoke the films’ distinctive look and feel. Organized into chapters that variously explore James Cameron’s original nightmarish vision, the technical innovations that brought it to life, and the inworld history of Skynet and the Future Wars, the book also features a foreword from the franchise’s iconic star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and contains ten faithfully reproduced artefacts, enclosed in vellum envelopes, for readers to remove and examine more closely. Fully authorised, housed in a deluxe slipcase and illustrated throughout,Terminator Vault is the ultimate tribute to two films that changed cinema forever.
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