Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972

1.

Slaughterhouse-Five

4.7
6.8/10 IMDB

Billy Pilgrim, a veteran of the Second World War, finds himself mysteriously detached from time, so that he is able to travel, without being able to help it, from the days of his childhood to those of his peculiar life on a distant planet called Tralfamadore, passing through his bitter experience as a prisoner of war in the German city of Dresden, over which looms the inevitable shadow of an unspeakable tragedy.

Starring: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine, Holly Near, Perry King, Kevin Conway, Friedrich von Ledebur, Ekkehardt Belle ..
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1972-03-15
2.

Silent Running

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

In a future Earth barren of all flora and fauna, the planet's ecosystems exist only in large pods attached to spacecraft. When word comes in that the pods are to be jettisoned into space and destroyed so that the spacecraft can be reused for commercial purposes, most of the crew of the Valley Forge rejoice at the prospect of going home. Not so for botanist Freeman Lowell who loves the forest and its creatures, so decides to take matters into his own hands to protect what he loves.

Starring: Bruce Dern, Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin, Jesse Vint, Steven Brown, Mark Persons, Cheryl Sparks ..
Directed by: Douglas Trumbull
Release date: 1972-03-09
3.

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes

4.5
6.1/10 IMDB

In a futuristic world that has embraced ape slavery, a chimpanzee named Caesar resurfaces after almost twenty years of hiding from the authorities, and prepares for a revolt against humanity.

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Don Murray, Ricardo Montalban, Hari Rhodes, Severn Darden, Lou Wagner, Natalie Trundy, John Randolph, Asa Maynor, Joyce Haber ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1972-06-29
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Stone Tape
4.

The Stone Tape

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director Peter Brock decides not only to analyse the apparition, which he believes is a psychic impression trapped in a stone wall (dubbed a "stone tape"), but to exorcise it too - with terrifying results...

Starring: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates, Reginald Marsh, Tom Chadbon, John Forgeham, Philip Trewinnard, James Cosmo, Neil Wilson ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1972-01-31
5.

Z.P.G.

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

In the not too distant future, and overpopulated Earth government makes it illegal to have children for a generation. One couple, unsatisfied with their substitute robot baby, breaks the rules.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon, Diane Cilento, Eugene Blau, Bent Christensen, Belinda Donkin, Birgitte Federspiel, Birgitte Frigast-Hansen, Anne-Lise Gabold ..
Directed by: Michael Campus
Release date: 1972-05-25
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Astronaut
6.

The Astronaut

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

An elaborate deception emerges when an American astronaut is lost on a mission to Mars. Space agency officials fearful of losing public support and government funding decide to cover up the accident by employing an exact double for the lost astronaut. The ruse begins to unravel when the wife of the lost astronaut realizes she is living with a different man. Although angered by the deception, the woman has fallen in love with the replacement and plans to keep the secret. They both have a change of heart and decide to reveal the secret when they discover a new Mars mission is underway.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Monte Markham, Richard Anderson, Robert Lansing, Susan Clark, John Lupton, Walter Brooke, James Sikking, Paul Kent, Loretta Leversee ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1972-01-08
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Probe
7.

Probe

2.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Pilot for sci-fi detective series "Search." Hugh O'Brian as Lockwood, a high-tech private eye, was outfitted with two electronic implants (one to hear what was said at HQ and a dental contact he could bite to communicate with HQ--one bite for yes and two bites for no) and a button-sized "scanner" that combined a micro-miniaturized television camera that could also see in infrared spectrum, microphone, medical sensors, and transmitter, putting him in constant contact with a room full of experts monitoring his actions and vital signs and supplying him with encyclopedic information.

Starring: Hugh O'Brian, Elke Sommer, Burgess Meredith, Lilia Skala, Angel Tompkins, John Gielgud, Kent Smith, A Martinez ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1972-02-21
8.

Doomwatch

2.6
5.5/10 IMDB

The waters surrounding an island become contaminated by chemical dumping, and people who eat fish caught in those waters become deformed and violent.

Starring: Ian Bannen, Judy Geeson, John Paul, George Sanders, Simon Oates, Jean Trend, Joby Blanshard, Percy Herbert ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1972-03-01
9.

Beware! The Blob

2.6
4.1/10 IMDB

A technician brings a frozen specimen of the original Blob back from the North Pole. When his wife accidentally defrosts the thing, it terrorizes the populace-- the local hippies, cops, drunks and bowlers must all face the Blob!

Starring: Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Shelley Berman, Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Godfrey Cambridge, Marlene Clark, Rockne Tarkington ..
Directed by: Larry Hagman
Release date: 1972-06-21
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The People
10.

The People

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

A young woman is assigned to teach school in a secluded valley whose inhabitants appear stern, secretive and anti-pleasure. Following two children who disappear to play in the woods, she finds that this is actually a community of extraterrestrials with mild paranormal powers who are attempting to repress and deny their heritage for fear of arousing prejudice and hatred in their human neighbors. Based on a series of novels by the late Zenna Henderson.

Starring: Kim Darby, William Shatner, Diane Varsi, Dan O'Herlihy, Laurie Walters, Johanna Baer, Chris Valentine, Chris Valentine, Stephanie Valentine, Jack Dahlgren ..
Directed by: John Korty
Release date: 1972-01-22
11.

The Thing with Two Heads

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

A rich but racist man is dying and hatches an elaborate scheme for transplanting his head onto another man's body. His health deteriorates rapidly, and doctors are forced to transplant his head onto the only available candidate: a black man from death row.

Starring: Ray Milland, Rosey Grier, Don Marshall, Roger Perry, Chelsea Brown, Kathrine Baumann, John Dullaghan, John Bliss, Bruce Kimball, Jane Kellem ..
Directed by: Lee Frost
Release date: 1972-07-19
12.

The Mind Snatchers

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

A German scientist works on a way of quelling overly aggressive soldiers by developing implants that directly stimulate the pleasure centers of the brain.

Starring: Christopher Walken, Ronny Cox, Joss Ackland, Ralph Meeker, Marco St. John, Bette Henritze, Susan Travers, Tom Aldredge, Birthe Neumann, Claus Nissen ..
Directed by: Bernard Girard
Release date: 1972-06-28
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Neither the Sea Nor the Sand
13.

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story.

Starring: Susan Hampshire, Frank Finlay, Michael Petrovitch, Michael Craze, Jack Lambert, Betty Duncan, David Garth ..
Directed by: Fred Burnley
Release date: 1972-11-01
14.

An American Hippie in Israel

2.3
4.8/10 IMDB

Incited by a disillusioned young man who has decided to flee from civilization, a group of 4 people go searching for freedom and happiness on an isolated island . When their boat goes astray and they are left without food, their animal instincts take over, bringing the film to its catastrophic end.

Starring: Asher Tzarfati, Shmuel Wolf, Lilli Avidan, Tsilla Karny ..
Directed by: Amos Sefer
Release date: 1972-01-01
15.

Baffled!

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

Tom Kovack is a hard-nosed race car driver until a sudden supernatural vision causes a near-fatal crash while he's hurtling down the backstretch at 140 miles per hour. Michele Brent is the woman who convinces Kovack that his visions are significant. She leads him to the manor house that appeared in his vision, which in turn leads him into a world of revenge and murder from beyond the grave. Kovack must tap into his newfound power to conquer the evil forces at work.

Starring: Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire, Rachel Roberts, Vera Miles, Jewel Blanch, Valerie Taylor, Ray Brooks, Angharad Rees, Christopher Benjamin, Mike Murray ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1972-12-17
16.

Night of the Lepus

2.3
4.1/10 IMDB

Giant mutant rabbits terrorize the southwest!!

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Janet Leigh, Rory Calhoun, DeForest Kelley, Paul Fix, Melanie Fullerton, Chris Morrell, Chuck Hayward, Henry Willis, Francesca Jarvis ..
Directed by: William F. Claxton
Release date: 1972-10-04
17.

Blood Freak

2.0
3.6/10 IMDB

A biker comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girl's sister, then follows her to a turkey farm owned by her father, a mad scientist. The father turns the biker into a giant turkey monster who goes after drug dealers.

Starring: Steve Hawkes, Dana Cullivan, Heather Hughes, Randy Grinter, Larry Wright, Tera Anderson, Dolores Currier, Bob Currier, Jane Tarber, Randy Grinter ..
Directed by: Brad F. Grinter, Steve Hawkes
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Man with Two Heads
18.

The Man with Two Heads

1.9
4.0/10 IMDB

Horror remake of "Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde".

Starring: Denis DeMarne, Julia Stratton, Gay Feld, Jaqueline Lawrence, Gerald Jacuzzo, Berwick Kaler, Jennifer Sommerfeld, Laurence Davies, Raymond Cross, Janis Servals ..
Directed by: Andy Milligan
Release date: 1972-02-01
19.

Frankenstein '80

1.9
4.0/10 IMDB

A mad scientist creates a monster called "Mosaico," who breaks out of the laboratory to hunt down and kill beautiful women.

Starring: John Richardson, Gordon Mitchell, Renato Romano, Xiro Papas, Dada Gallotti, Roberto Fizz, Dalila Di Lazzaro ..
Directed by: Mario Mancini
Release date: 1972-12-12
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Between Time and Timbuktu
20.

Between Time and Timbuktu

1.7
7.2/10 IMDB

A poet-astronaut is shot through an area of space called the Chronosynclastic Infundibulum. He is duplicated into infinite copies of himself, each of whom finds himself in a bizarre situations on a different world. (These scenarios are all derived from the novels and short stories of 'Kurt Vonnegut Jr.', including Cat's Cradle, Welcome to the Monkey House, 'Harrison Bergeron', and 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June'

Starring: Bruce Morrow, Dortha Duckworth, William Hickey, Ray Goulding, Bob Elliott, Franklin Cover, Russell Morash, John Devlin, Jay Garner, Kevin McCarthy ..
Directed by: Fred Barzyk
Release date: 1972-03-13
21.

The Body Shop

1.6
3.7/10 IMDB

When plastic surgeon and mad scientist Don Brandon loses his pinup model wife Anitra in a tragic accident, he and his faithful humpbacked assistant Greg busy themselves experimenting with re-animation. Once ready, the good doctor begins luring young women back to the lab using hypnosis in order to gather select parts to create his wife anew.

Starring: Jenny Driggers, J.G. Patterson Jr., Roy Mehaffey, Linda Faile, Jan Benfield, Jeannine Aber, Candy Furr, Vickie O'Neal, Nita Patterson ..
Directed by: J.G. Patterson Jr.
Release date: 1972-06-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Garden of the Dead
22.

Garden of the Dead

1.6
4.0/10 IMDB

Convicts on a chain gang sniff formaldehyde fumes to get high. They attempt a prison break and are shot down by the guards. After being buried, they rise from the dead, killing all in their path with shovels and hoes.

Starring: Philip Kenneally, Duncan McLeod, John Dullaghan, John Dennis, Susan Charney, Marland Proctor, Tony Vorno, Jerome Guardino, Lee Frost, Erik Stern ..
Directed by: John Hayes
Release date: 1972-09-13
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Doomsday Machine
23.

Doomsday Machine

1.6
2.6/10 IMDB

Spies discover that the Red Chinese have built a "doomsday machine" capable of destroying the surface of the Earth, and that they plan to use it within a matter of days. Meanwhile, Project Astra, a manned U.S. space mission to Venus, is in its final hours before launch when it is taken over by the military and nearly half of its all-male crew is replaced by women. The reason for this becomes apparent when, shortly after Astra leaves orbit, the Earth is completely destroyed in a global cataclysm! Is the human race doomed? What dangers and wonders await the crew of the Astra on their journey to Venus?

Starring: Bobby Van, Ruta Lee, Mala Powers, James Craig, Grant Williams, Henry Wilcoxon, Essie Lin Chia, Casey Kasem, Michael Christian, Lorri Scott ..
Directed by: Harry Hope, Lee Sholem, Herbert J. Leder
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Die Reise ins Licht
24.

Die Reise ins Licht

1.3
5.0/10 IMDB

Based on an LSD trip, this is a cardboard and paper 2001: A Space Odyssey-styled sci-fi set in a Blake’s 7 quarry.

Directed by: Manfred O. Jelinski
Release date: 1972-11-16
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Secret Weapons
25.

Secret Weapons

1.2
5.1/10 IMDB

It is six years into a future American civil war. A man has created a drug that enhances fighting skills. But will he give it to the theocratic government, or the rebels? A Cronenberg-directed television curio from the early seventies.

Starring: Barbara O'Kelly, Vernon Chapman, Norman Snider, Lister Sinclair, Ronald Mlodzik ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1972-12-31
26.

The Cremators

1.2
2.6/10 IMDB

An alien life form, resembling glowing rocks, summons forth a huge, rolling ball of fire, whenever threatened, that incinerates people.

Starring: Maria De Aragon, Marvin Howard, Eric Sinclair, Mason Caulfield, R.N. Bullard, Cecil Reddick, Tim Frawley, Jax Jason Carroll, Ola Kauffman, John Barnum ..
Directed by: Harry Essex
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : It Came From Love
27.

It Came From Love

1.2
4.9/10 IMDB

It concerns Mr. Zeno, sent to save the planet Love, with just 24 hours alloted for him to complete his mission. Wearing a cheap fish-head makeup job, he fetches specimens from Earth to reproduce with his own people.

Starring: Mr. Zeno, Buddy Boone, Rick Conlin, Nora Wieternik ..
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast From Hell
28.

Zorgon: The H-Bomb Beast From Hell

1.1
4.4/10 IMDB

A reported monster is terrorizing a local community, but the police have no leads. A man who is fed up with the killings calls a handful of his friends and forms a posse to look for the creature. They head to Bronson Canyon to see if they can uncover who's behind all of these deaths.

Starring: Ace Mask, Susan Turner, David Allen, Jim Danforth, Renata Danforth ..
Directed by: Kevin Fernan
Release date: 1972-04-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Distorção
29.

Distorção

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A high school in a quiet town, suddenly gripped by a contagious insanity!

Directed by: Stanislas Cordova
Release date: 1972-09-08
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : The Tryzzian Exiles
30.

The Tryzzian Exiles

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Three alien criminals from the planet Tryzzia are exiled to a distant planet for their heinous crimes. The planet is Earth! Who will stand against these evil extra-terrestrials and thwart their killing spree, or are we all doomed?

Directed by: Roy Spence
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon
31.

Doctor Who: The Curse of Peladon

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The planet Peladon has applied to join the Galactic Federation, and The Doctor is mistaken for the chairman of the committee sent to assess its application, while Jo is taken for an Earth princess, with the mythical curse of Aggedor apparently striking chancellor Torbis dead, The Doctor must discover who is desperate to stop Peladon joining, but soon he is sentenced to death and his only Allies seem to be Jo and the Ice Warrior Delegates.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, David Troughton, Geoffrey Toone, Henry Gilbert, Alan Bennion, Sonny Caldinez, Stuart Fell, Ysanne Churchman, Nick Hobbs ..
Directed by: Lennie Mayne
Release date: 1972-02-19
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Doctor Who: The Sea Devils
32.

Doctor Who: The Sea Devils

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Master joins forces with The Sea Devils to take over the world, unless The Doctor and The Royal Navy can stop them.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Roger Delgado, Katy Manning, Edwin Richfield, Clive Morton, June Murphy, Donald Sumpter, David Griffin ..
Directed by: Michael E. Briant
Release date: 1972-04-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Doctor Who: The Mutants
33.

Doctor Who: The Mutants

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Time Lords send the Doctor and Jo on a mission to deliver a sealed message pod to an unknown party aboard a Skybase orbiting the planet Solos in the 30th century. They are caught quickly in a power struggle between the cruel Marshal of Solos and the young Solonian Ky over the future of Solos - a future that hinges on the contents of the message.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1972-05-13
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1972 : Doctor Who: The Time Monster
34.

Doctor Who: The Time Monster

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Master, in the guise of Professor Thascalos, has constructed at the Newton Institute in Wootton a device known as TOMTIT - Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time - to gain control over Kronos, a creature from outside time. The creature is summoned but proves to be uncontrollable.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Katy Manning, Roger Delgado, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Nicholas Courtney ..
Directed by: Paul Bernard
Release date: 1972-06-24
35.

Superbeast

0.0
3.1/10 IMDB

A doctor finds a jungle laboratory, complete with mad scientist and genetic engineering experiments

Starring: Antoinette Bower, Harry Lauter, Vic Diaz, Jose Romulo, John Garwood, Manny Ojeda, Bruno Punzalan, Craig Littler ..
Directed by: George Schenck
Release date: 1972-11-01

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