50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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25. 'Demon Seed' (1977)

Even while you're watching Donald Cammell's entry in the evil-machines-run-amok subgenre, it's hard to believe this queasy thriller about a self-aware computer that takes over a scientist's automated house and impregnates his wife with a cyborg baby (!) actually exists. How did Cammell convince a studio to back a movie in which Julie Christie is violated by what looks like a copper Rubik's snake? Better not to ask, or to dwell on the film's less savory aspects, and soak in its moments of visionary hysteria, including the pulsating geometry of images borrowed from experimental filmmaker Jordan Belson. SA

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