Under The Terminator's Skin

Under The Terminator's Skin

 
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Under The Terminator's Skin
Faneditor Name:
Tagline:
In the void, an exoskeleton.
Original Movie Title:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1984
Original Running Time:
107 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
15 minutes
Brief Synopsis:
From the future comes the Terminator. His mission: eliminate Sarah Connor. In the balance, life or death of the human race.
Intention:
To tell the condensed story of The Terminator with a modern, ethereal twist.
Other Sources:
All but one track from Mica Levi's incredible soundtrack to the film, Under the Skin.
Special Thanks:
Neglify and Matrixgrindhouse for managing this fantastic project.
Release Information
  • NTSC DVD-5
  • MP4/M4V/MOV
Special Features
"MP4" is through Vimeo
Editing Details:
I wanted to make a 15 minute version of The Terminator along the lines of the hauntingly great 2014 film, Under the Skin. So I've used that film's soundtrack to entirely replace the Brad Fidel's original Terminator score. Like I said I've used all but one track from Under the Skin. Because of the nature of that film's score, I sometimes have more than one track playing at a time (I think at one point there are three or four tracks going all at the same time) - don't worry, it works. I've also had to condense my source film, The Terminator. This was easier said than done. I don't want to spoil anything, but I'll just say that I'm glad that I figured out a way to shorten the film without having to follow the film's narrative exactly.
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(Updated: December 13, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
7.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
Visual Editing 
 
9.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
6.0
Enjoyment 
 
7.0

I absolutely adore Terminator 1, and I really like Terminator 2, but all the other sequels didn't do it for me.
I was intrigued to see this experiment of telling the story of Terminator 1 as a short-movie. As an experimental short-movie I think it works and I like the new music, it gives it a more ethereal atmosphere.

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The narrative works for the short movie. The explanation for the terminator wanting to kill her: "I didn't do anything", "But you will", makes it work for the short-movie, but it's lacking something crucial when it isn't told what she will do that causes all this timetravel. In some way it relies on the viewer already knowing the story of Terminator.

This 15-minute-movie also shows greatly that for a real movie more time is needed to give scenes their emotional impact. For example at the end when Sarah Connor's protector Kyle died, it had no impact for her as she met him just a few minutes ago. And when the terminator was pressed down by the machine she had that exhausted look on her face and a certain hate and rage in her eyes and a triumphant feeling of accomplishment but in this movie it wasn't earned at all and so the emotional payoff was not there.

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Still I recommend it because this works as an experimental short movie and the editing is done really well and because of the interesting and eery music used.

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Overall rating 
 
9.7
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9.0
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10.0
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8.0
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10.0
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10.0

I'll start by saying that Under The Skin has been one of my favourite films of 2014. I like my science-fiction weird and my horror creepy and unsettling, and I'm always a fan of films that use music as an integral part of the overall experience, so for me it was a 3/3 hit.

This edit is a successful experiment in using the oppressively strange and almost hostile soundtrack from UTS to provide a very different feel to Terminator 1. Coupled with some seamless visual cuts, the original release of T1 is effectively condensed into a single nightmarish sequence of events.

If I had any criticisms they would lie on the audio editing front - not in how the new music is handled, but because I couldn't help feeling that either more sound effects or fewer would be required (with the latter option almost certainly involving a lot more work to try and find suitable cues in the music and match them to the on-screen events). However, this is a minor bugbear and not a big deal.

Overall, a fresher and more gripping take on the Terminator franchise than anything the official releases have provided since T2, IMO.

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Overall rating 
 
9.3
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10.0
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0

Terminator 1 is the first movie I ever watched, still remember the old VHS I used to rewatch a million times as a kid (with the sex scene expertly taped over with Horlicks commercials by my dad). This edit does a great job of summarizing the film into 15 mins by using ingenious cutting techniques and great scene selection. I love the foley/original audio tracks being so clear, not sure if they were recreated or if it was a clear center channel, but it sounds pitch perfect. The new music is good, certainly appropriate for the atmosphere and is a worthy alternative to Fidel's iconic score.

All in all, a great edit to revisit for a fan, an a very interesting alternate look at T1. Nice work!!

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Overall rating 
 
8.6
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9.0
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8.0
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8.0
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8.0
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9.0

Dom brilliantly retells the original 1984 film, capturing most of the major details and driving it all to the haunting "Under the Skin" score. The music is integrated so well, I actually had to check to make sure he wasn't just using the original soundtrack!

Dom is able to play the movie mostly silently, telling nearly the entire tale with visuals alone, which makes Sarah's story all the more visceral and nightmarish.

The only plot element left out is the issue of John Connor's parentage. But considering the kind-of creepy way it played out in the original movie, maybe that isn't such a bad thing. Perhaps Dom is implying that in this alternate history, John actually has a different father!

I feel bad not giving this edit the full highest marks. There's nothing that it does wrong; it's just that a couple of the other shorts in this consecution were so inventive that I had to rate them even higher, so I had to indicate a slightly different level of enjoyment. But there's nothing that I would have told Dom to do differently.

If you love the original films, this is a must-see!

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Overall rating 
 
8.9
Audio/Video Quality 
 
9.0
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9.0
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8.0
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9.0
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9.0

I absolutely loved this. Great re-telling of the Terminator with a brand new eerie soundtrack which gives it a completely different tone which is more akin to horror than sci-fi action. Strangely, I was reminded of "Drive". But perhaps that was synesthesia at work.

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