50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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34. 'The Terminal Man' (1974)

This overlooked thriller based on Michael Crichton's book of the same name finds George Segal trying to curb his violent epileptic seizures with a computer surgically implanted in his brain. What could possibly go wrong? Director Mike Hodges and cinematographer Richard Kline infuse the film with a disturbing, claustrophobic feel mirroring the unrelenting dark impulses of its protagonist. As doctors futilely try to control Segal's mind from afar, the impending sense that this will not end well builds throughout the film up to its tragic, if inevitable, conclusion. JN

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