Movie Fact: I Dream of A Terminator

The Terminator films have been noted for it's large and one-of-a-kind storytelling, as well as it's expansive universe. Recently, however, with the release of Terminator: Genisys, it looks like the franchise's glory days are long gone, but that does not mean those days won't be remembered. Until today, the first Terminator movie has been widely praised, with many pondering how did James Cameron came up with such idea. Ponder no more, because...


It sounds as if James Cameron himself had an Inception-esque experience.

This is according to Wikipedia. When the film Piranha II: The Spawning, James Cameron's first film, was in production, he caught an extremely high fever, and eventually became bed-ridden. While he was knocked-out from the sickness, he eventually received a nightmare wherein a metallic robot was dragging itself away from a fire, while carrying knives.

"I was sick and dead broke in Rome, Italy, with a fever of 102, doing the final cut of Piranha II." said Cameron in an interview. "That's when I thought of Terminator. I guess it was a fever dream." According to him as well, his source of inspiration back then was John Carpenter, the director of such classics such as Escape from New York, Halloween, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China and Assault On Precinct 13.

Man, if he could get really great ideas while he's sick, then maybe I could too! Here's a 20-Minute video on the making of the original Terminator!


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