50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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35. 'Crimes of the Future' (1970)

David Cronenberg's favorite themes were already in place with his second feature, set in a future where a cosmetics-borne sickness has wiped out the adult female population and the remaining men have organized as a pedophile cult. Androgynous hero Adrian Tripod leaves the mysterious institute known as the House of Skin and wanders a vacant modernist landscape, which is worth gazing upon even when the movie's narrative occasionally fizzles. Although it looks like it was financed with spare change, Cronenberg's mind was way ahead of his means; you can start to sense the brilliant sickness that lay just beyond the horizon. SA

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