50 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 1970s

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

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47. 'Welcome to Blood City' (1977)

Five people — including 2001's star child himself, Keir Dullea — wake up in what seems to be a typical frontier town circa the late 1800s. They've got a lot of questions: Where are they? What, exactly, are they doing here? Why do they have to kill someone to get out of "Blood City"? And is there a reason that the bad guy from Shane (big up, Jack Palance!) wants to fill them full of lead? Suffice to say, everything is not what it seems; it should also be mentioned that this odd hybrid of Western and sci-fi owes a lot to Westworld and that its B-movie cheesiness often gets the best of it. Still, this exploitation flick's reveal, which we won't mention here, does predict a theme that will preoccupy the genre for years to come. DF

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