50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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23. 'The Brood' (1979)

David Cronenberg turns existential dread into violent, tangible fear in this 1979 sci-fi-inflected thriller about an unorthodox psychologist who is able to manifest patients' inner anger into physical beings. Horror fans will nerd out at the amorphous psycho-blobs that terrorize and kill the patient's source of agony; everyone else will be incredibly disturbed by what the film has to say about parenthood, repressed emotions and good old-fashioned rage. Cronenberg would up the splatter quotient with Scanners and the surreality with Videodrome in the early 1980s, but the "new flesh" fixations were already blooming in full. JN

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