50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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49. 'The Incredible Melting Man' (1977)

An astronaut named Steve West (why yes, that is the most astronaut-y name you've ever heard) returns from a trip to Saturn's rings, only to find that...well, he's a little trouble with his skin. Like, for example, getting it to not drip off his body like hot candle wax. Also, he seems to be craving human flesh. William Sachs' drive-in cheapie was rumored to have been conceived as a comedic take on monsters-from-space movies, only to have the humorous bits taken out and repositioned as a horror flick. It does succeed as a comedy, of course, just not necessarily an intentional one. DF

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