Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 7.2/10
Scientists investigate an alien virus that may end life as we know it. The virus seems to have been carried to earth by a probe sent out by the government to find such things. I find this a great deal better than the remake. I enjoyed the tension and the plot a lot. I have also read the book and found it to be better than the movie, as I often do.
2. “The Black Hole” (1979)
Me: 6/10 | IMDB: 5.6/10
A research ship encounters a missing ship commanded by a strange scientist. They end up entering the black hole they found the ship near. The effects for the time this was shot where great and the acting was good enough to pass. Story line was not bad as well.
3. “A Boy And His Dog” (1975)
Me: 4/10 | IMDB: 6.6/10
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland a young man and his psychic dog who communicates to him with thought explore the aria and it's people. What can I say, just did not like it but it's watchable.
4. “Dark Star” (1974)
Me: 5/10 | IMDB: 6.4/10
This is a comedy about a crew on a star-ship that are 20 years into their mission and how things go wrong. There is a cult following of this movie, but for me it was so/so.
5. “Demon Seed” (1977)
Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 6.3/10
This is the story of a scientist creating an super computer named Proteus that becomes aware and with the aid of it's Russian counterpart, takes over the world. I enjoyed this one a great deal but the sequel was terrible. This is an actual classic in my mind.
6. “Logan’s Run” (1976)
Me: 9/10 | IMDB: 6.7/10
In a future domed city with no contact with the outside world or other cities, the people who survived a catastrophe meany generations on now volunteer to end their life span on their 30th birthday in a public spectacle. This is one of my favorite movies of all time and I also enjoyed the comic books but NOT the TV show.
7. “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (1976)
Me: 7/10 | IMDB: 6.7/10
David Bowie plays an alien who is pretending to be human to attempt to save his soon to be extinct race. There is a love interest and the meddling of people who would use him for profit that get in the way. It's not a bad film at all if you ask me.
8. “No Blade Of Grass” (1970)
Me: 3/10 | IMDB: 6.1/10
Well the story here is a virus has killed off most people in London and the family take off to Scotland to try and ride out the end times. They end up in trouble with violent minded folk. This was way to American for my liking and it just did not work for me, but it has a cult following.
9. “The Omega Man” (1971)
Me: 9/10 | IMDB: 6.6/10
It's the end of the world and nocturnal vampire like creatures bound and determined to kill off the last of humanity are battled by a man who thinks he is the last man on earth. Some time into the movie, he encounters other people and forms relationships with them and joins forced to hopefully end the menace of the creatures. This is NOT an original concept and has been done several times after this movie, but I like this version the best.
10. “Phase IV” (1974)
Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 6.6/10
This is a different one. Ants in the desert become the dominant life form and battle for supremacy. The only thing holding them back is 2 scientists and a girl that they rescue. After much battling with the ants they realize there is no way science can defend against them and the only answer is when the ants accept them as part of the world and allow them to life. A classic battle of man of science against the will of mother earth.
11. “Quintet” (1979)
Me: 4/10 | IMDB: 5.1/10
IT's an ice age and well humanity is dropping dead and to pass the time they play a game called Quintet. Some don't find it stimulating enough so they decide to play the game with humans. This is of course to the death and the winner is the sole member who lives.
12. “Rollerball” (1975)
Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 6.6/10
The concept here is a single man who has lived way longer in a ultra violent game than he should have and the powers that be try to kill him off by making the game more dangerous and violent. A classic man against the will of the powerful movie. Also massively better than the remake in my mind.
13. “Silent Running” (1972)
Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 6.7/10
Flora is extinct on earth and this ship has the last of it's kind (plants) in space. There is a global conflict and the space craft is drawn into the conflict by political minds. The cre all but one are tasked with the destruction of the domes that house the plants. The one kills off the others to save the one dome he loves so much. He then tasks the robots to care for the dome and sends it off into space to protect it.
14. “Solaris” (1972)
Me: 3/10 | IMDB: 8.1/10
I vastly disagree with the worth of this film, but the powers that be send a shrink to a distant planet to find out why the crew there in a space station have all gone nuts. Honestly I think Start Trek did this better and did not take almost 3 hours to do it.
15. “Soylent Green” (1973)
Me: 9/10 | IMDB: 7.1/10
This is set in New York City in the end times. The world is almost at it's end because of global warming (then called the green house effect). A cop investigates the murder of a big man in industry and ends up finding out a horrible reality of what the new and most popular food is made out of. There is a great deal of cultural reference to this movie. It's basically a warning of what is to come if we don't clean up our act.
16. “Stalker” (1979)
Me: 6/10 | IMDB: 8.1/10
Basically 2 men are guided in a wasteland to try and find a room that will give them their wishes. It's a simple plot and the acting and dialog are the best part of this movie.
17. “The Terminal Man” (1974)
Me: 2/10 | IMDB: 5.8/10
Well science tries to cure seizures in a mans brain by implanting micro processors. This causes him to be addicted to violence. It's the kind of anti-tech nonsense I hated about the early days of Sci-Fi.
18. “THX 1138” (1971)
Me: 10/10 | IMDB: 6.8/10
In my brain this is the best movie ever made, but I'm not normal. There is a strong cult following of the movie to this day. It started out as a collage film realized much later when the budget could be reached. In a controlled by drugs and strict rules society, a man and a woman push back against the rules by stopping taking the drugs that cause them to be controlled. This leads to sexual activity and that is a crime punishable by death. The trial and escape of THX 1130 is the focus of the movie. It is also a warning of what is to come with the growth of pharmaceutical control of the mind and strict morality laws.
19. “Westworld” (1973)
Me: 8/10 | IMDB: 7/10
In a theme park that allows you to live out violent fantasy, the robots start to malfunction and rebel against the humans. This at the time was a warning against creating thinking computers and what might happen to us. The squeal took it a step farther and set up the premise for the TV show of today. What can I say, I loved this movie and the squeal. I also think the TV show (HBO) is the best TV show I have seen.
20. “Zardoz” (1974)
Me: 5/10 | IMDB: 5.8/10
Basically humanity has been class divided to say the least. There is a savage slave race to with Zardoz is a part and he is used to control the humans that serve the immortal masters. He finds his way to the immortals and "ends their boredom". This is one of the worst movies ever made in all respects. It is also so dang bad that you can't stop watching it. I would recommend you do so if you can. It's best with friends so you can make fun of how terrible it is.