My friend and author John Kenneth Muir tallied the results of his latest Reader Top Ten poll, the Ten Greatest Science Fiction Films of the 1970s, and once more they are an impressive lot.
“So, as you can see, darkness and light battled it out right until the end in the 1970s, didn’t they? We had new hope and alien terror going hand-in-hand into the 1980s.
It’s also intriguing to note that both Robert Wise and George Lucas made it onto the list for two films apiece. And Michael Crichton material was at the heart of both Westworld and The Andromeda Strain.
Above ten and eleven, Conquest of the Planet of the Apes and Mad Max would have tied at twelfth and thirteenth. Colossus: The Forbin Project and Rollerball were tied for fourteenth and fifteenth.”
I’m thoroughly thrilled with this round-up, as it made for quite a tensome. It’d make for a marvelous film marathon. Absolutely represents the genre and era. And no, it’s not because my top four in my list matched up exactly with those tabulated…well, maybe a little. I know those who weren’t thrilled with the first Star Trek film may find it unbalanced, but personally I’m thrilled. Check out what John has to say for each film that made the reader’s top ten.