50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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38. 'Hardware Wars' (1978)

"You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll kiss three bucks goodbye." That was the pitch for this 13-minute faux-trailer parody of what was then the only Star Wars film. (Imagine!) With nothing but a measly $8,000 budget, director-star Eddie Fosselius cobbled together a charmingly cheap-looking but comprehensive spoof that was like a Mad magazine strip come to life. Spacefaring steam irons and eggbeaters do battle while the fate of a planet that looks like a deflated basketball (because that's what it is) hangs limply in the balance. The adventures of Fluke Starbucker & Co. eventually grossed a million dollars, a ratio of money spent-to-profitability that not even George Lucas can touch. SA

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