The Terminator screens as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder at BFI Southbank on 28 October and 9 and 24 November.
Thirty years after the release of the film that made a megastar of Arnold Schwarzenegger, the actor has posted a YouTube message thanking Terminator fans for their years of support.
Hopes were low for James Cameron’s relatively low-budget sci-fi film before it premiered on 26 October 1984, but The Terminator quickly shot to the top of the American box-office, becoming a massive hit for its independent production company Hemdale Film Corporation.
The Terminator stars the Austrian former bodybuilder as a cyborg sent back from the future to assassinate the mother of a future leader in a violent war between man and robot. It led to an equally thrilling sequel in 1991, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, before further entries achieved diminishing returns.
“The reason this franchise has been so successful,” Arnie says, “is because of you, the fans. So I want to say thank you for your loyalty, thank you for your support.”
“And for me as an actor,” he continues, his eye suddenly glowing red like the robot eye of his most famous character, “it was great to play a machine.”