50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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44. 'Message From Space' (1978)

Credit Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale) for the energetic style displayed in this Star Wars knockoff's fight and battle scenes. You just need to overlook the ridiculous effects, the hilariously awful dialogue, and the mostly indecipherable plot, which involves magic seeds, mighty warriors and a fiendish, Samurai-like Emperor. But the movie does have its weird little charms, from the imaginative costumes to the presence of a drunken, slurry Vic Morrow. Even Janet Maslin of the New York Times, panning the film during its initial release, had to admit: "If you were spinning your television dial at 1 A.M. and happened upon Message From Space, you would undoubtedly consider it as lively as it is preposterous." BE

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