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Episode 42: The Terminator (1984)

Someday someone will make the definitive documentary about the making of The Terminator (1984). Until then we’ll have the periodic cast and crew interviews. Until then we’ll have their stories.

On this special episode of the Diabolique Webcast, Jean-Paul Ouellette, the second unit action director on The Terminator, adds some never-before-shared behind-the-scenes stories from the making of the film. The episode consists of two parts. In the first part, I discusses the film with David Kleiler and J-P Ouellette. In the second part, J-P and I hold an in-depth discussion on the making of the film.

Program note: During the discussion of the making of The Terminator, J-P Ouellette references the following, never-before-published, pre-production concept art for filming the T-800’s exacto-knife eye-operation scene. It is published below courtesy of J-P Ouellette, along with a few personal, behind-the-scenes photos.

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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head was co-editor of the Star Wars website, co-founder of the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce, and editor of the movie section at AOL’s As a film journalist he has more than 2,000 published articles at His work has also appeared on, and in Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. Stephen hosts the Diabolique Webcast.


  1. Interesting stuff. That shot of the glasses! I had to pause that a million times to see the name of the glasses because I HAD to have them. Then I had to find a store that sold them. Took me two years! No internet in those days. I’ve worn those sunglasses exclusively ever since. Been through 4 pairs though I saved the 3rd pair because they don’t make them the same size anymore.

    Also, Arnold straightening his hair after the eye surgery is always hilarious!

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