Well part of the problem is that the original's storyline is a victim of its own success. It's set up so that you think Cheryl will be the last girl standing, and it's rather dedicated to that plot thread until almost half way through. And then it throws that all out the window. It toyed with the audience's expectations and broke all the rules. After that moment, to the audience, anything could happen and that adds to the horror. Today though, everyone and their dog knows Bruce is the hero before they ever see it. This spoils a lot of its potential for new viewers. I think this helps explain why it was such a success early on, and why some who look on it later are only left to scratch their heads. Now to make up for defending a popular opinion, I'll attack Terminator and T2. Then praise T3. I watched Terminator again just about a year ago and found it to be slow, tedious and overall pretty bad. The whole love story is so forced and the dialog is really awful. T2 reminds me everything that was wrong with the 90's and is not a film I'd like to revist. T3 on the other hand I kinda liked. The characters react more realistically with each other, even if the dialog is still pretty bad. The fun stuff in it kinda makes fun of the first two entries to boot. It also has a much more ballsy ending than the previous entries. If people woke up to how bad the first two movies really were, I think they'd open up a bit more to T3.