Book Review: Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day


Finally, the movie companion for Terminator is out. That took a while, since the movie was released in 1984. It's a pretty timeless movie though, T1 and T2.

Well, Terminator Vault is an excellent movie companion. It's a 176-page hardcover presented in a slipcase. Presentation style is similar to Alien Vault: The Definitive Story of the Making of the Film. Author of both the books are Ian Nathan.

This is an incredibly in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the movie production. Besides stories of the actual movie production, it also weaves in the events that happened to director James Cameron before he came up with the Terminator idea, things that were happening around Hollywood, and events that happen during the time of filming.

There are interviews with James Cameron where he talks about all the troubles that came about from filming. You'll read about the politics behind film-making, staging the set, creating special effects of the morphing Terminators and more. The write-up is very detailed and intriguing. The book only covers T1 and T2 with brief mention to T3 and Terminator: Salvation.

The included pictures are film stills, behind-the-scenes production photos, storyboards, some artworks and miscellaneous stuff like movie posters. There are a few pockets between the pages holding removable items, such as a Czech movie poster, or the Polaroid that John Connor gave to Kyle Reese to identify Sarah Connor.

Highly recommended to fans of the movie. It's packed with lots of interesting stuff to read.

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day is available at Amazon (US | CA | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | JP | CN) and Book Depository

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator Vault: The Complete Story Behind the Making of The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day

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