If You Like The Terminator…Five More Surprise Hits of 1984

by Scott Von Doviak

“Not much was expected of The Terminator when it was released in theaters on October 26, 1984,” begins the introduction to my new book, If You Like The Terminator (due June 1st from Limelight Editions). “Perceived as a B-movie that might enjoy a week or two of success at malls and drive-ins before being consigned to late-night television purgatory, the low-budget sci-fi thriller shocked industry pundits by debuting to generally positive reviews and the number one spot on the box office charts.” The movie went on to outgross the holiday season’s higher-profile sci-fi releases like Dune and 2010—but of course, The Terminator was not the only surprise hit that year.  Here are five more sleepers that made an impression on the 1984 box office.

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