50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

From cosmic head trips to adventures in galaxies far, far away

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45. 'Deathsport' (1978)

Nobody was better at creating Z-grade knockoffs of others' successful films than Roger Corman, but he was arguably even better at creating Z-grade knockoffs of his own successful films. After Death Race 2000 became something of a hit, Corman re-teamed with star David Carradine to quickly exploit the earlier film's success, with something that looked even cheaper. This time, it's 1000 years in the future, and a loincloth-clad Carradine finds himself mixed up in a battle to the death involving motorcycles. The whole thing looks so cheap that it might as well be a home movie, and all the running, jumping and fighting in the desert actually looks like everybody's greatly enjoying themselves. When you and your friends grabbed the movie camera when you were kids and rolled around the backyard, this is essentially the film you were making. BE

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