I know, I know. Such a low rating for a such a brilliant midnight B. I was in my early 20s and am another of the minions who remember seeing this first run at a theater. It was definitely one of my group's cult films - and a cult film is EXACTLY where this fits. James Cameron DID orchestrate an extremely smart action scifi flick, especially on such an obviously low budget, with lots of little gems throughout. Arnold is BY FAR the best pick for the killing machine and his classic quotes will never leave me. However, as gripping as this was back in the day, even then I felt the police were a little obtuse in how they just couldn't figure out that there was something occurring that here that wasn't the norm. Where this is a low budget B, I ALWAYS felt that Cameron could have done better in his choice of a leading lady, as well. Where Michael Biehn is fairly believable in his role, Linda Hamilton is rarely credible in her reactions to the hostilities, with an acting range from A to B. Again, I DO realize that this is a low-budgeted action B. I get that and accept for that. I just really wanted to like it more than I did, both in '84 and now. Arnold and the later stop-motion cyborg = great (even with the inexplicable Austrian accent). Supporting cast = decent, but characters are less than bright. Biehn = good. Hamilton = unappealing. Today, in viewing it again, the drawbacks restrict some of what had been heart-pounding action back in 80s. It's still a fun B with great one liners, though. Just not a fav.