This week we celebrate the birth of the Austrian Oak, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Born in Austria in 1947, Mr. Schwarzenegger would go on to achieve his three childhood goals: move to Hollywood, become an actor and marry a Kennedy. He would go on to not only become an American citizen but Governor of California and one of the most famous movie stars of all time. He also fathered an illegitimate child with his Hispanic housekeeper, achieving the true American dream.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s name is synonymous with action movies so this week we have a selection of classic Arnold action along with his first Hollywood role as Hercules as well as a recent independent zombie movie where he had the opportunity to flex his acting chops instead of his muscles.
Tonight’s Contenders for Arnold Armageddon:
Hercules in New York (1969) – 75min
Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.
Predator (1987) – 107min
A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
The Running Man (1987) – 101min
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Total Recall (1990) – 113min
When a man goes for virtual vacation memories of the planet Mars, an unexpected and harrowing series of events forces him to go to the planet for real, or does he?
Last Action Hero (1993) – 130min
With the help of a magic ticket, a young film fan is transported into the fictional world of his favorite action film character.
Eraser (1996) – 115min
A Witness Protection specialist becomes suspicious of his co-workers when dealing with a case involving high-tech weapons.
Maggie (2015) – 95min
A teenage girl in the Midwest becomes infected by an outbreak of a disease that slowly turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. During her transformation, her loving father stays by her side.