Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974

1.

Dark Star

4.5
6.3/10 IMDB

A low-budget, sci-fi satire that focuses on a group of scientists whose mission is to destroy unstable planets. 20 years into their mission, they have battle their alien mascot, that resembles a beach ball, as well as a "sensitive" and intelligent bombing device that starts to question the meaning of its existence.

Starring: Brian Narelle, Cal Kuniholm, Dan O'Bannon, Dre Pahich, Adam Beckenbaugh, Nick Castle, Joe Saunders, Cookie Knapp, Alan Sheretz, John Carpenter ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1974-04-01
2.

Zardoz

4.2
5.8/10 IMDB

In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.

Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton, Sally Anne Newton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift, Bairbre Dowling, Christopher Casson ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1974-02-06
3.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

4.1
6.8/10 IMDB

When a series of murders hit the remote English countryside, a detective suspects a pair of travelers when it is actually the work of the undead, jarred back to life by an experimental ultra-sonic radiation machine used by the Ministry of Agriculture to kill insects.

Starring: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso, Giorgio Trestini, Roberto Posse, José Lifante, Jeannine Mestre, Gengher Gatti, Fernando Hilbeck ..
Directed by: Jorge Grau
Release date: 1974-11-28
4.

Phase IV

3.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Arizona ants mock the food chain on their way to a desert lab to get two scientists and a woman.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford, Robert Henderson, Helen Horton, David Healy ..
Directed by: Saul Bass
Release date: 1974-09-01
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5.

Frankenstein: The True Story

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Victor Frankenstein witnesses his creation turn uncontrollable after he's duped by his associate, Dr. Polidori.

Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, Michael Sarrazin, Michael Wilding, Tom Baker, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Agnes Moorehead ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1974-09-19
6.

It's Alive

3.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Lenore Davis and her husband Frank are about to have their second child. As she gives birth, the newborn baby vanishes and leaves behind five dead bodies. It's up to the police and Frank to figure out where their mutated child has gone.

Starring: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., Robert Emhardt, James Dixon, Shamus Locke, Patrick McAllister ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1974-04-26
7.

The Little Prince

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Based on the story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot (Richard Kiley) makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox (Gene Wilder), a Snake (Bob Fosse), and the pilot.

Starring: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Donna McKechnie, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill, Victor Spinetti, Graham Crowden ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1974-11-06
8.

Space Is the Place

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Sun Ra and his Solar Myth Arkestra return to Earth after several years in space. Ra proclaims himself "the alter-destiny", meets with inner-city youths and battles with the devil himself to save the black race.

Starring: Sun Ra, Raymond Johnson, Christopher Brooks, Marshall Allen, June Tyson, Walter Burns, Morgan Upton, La Shaa Stallings, Barbara Deloney, Erika Leder ..
Directed by: John Coney
Release date: 1974-11-01
9.

The Island at the Top of the World

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.

Starring: Donald Sinden, David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako, David Gwillim, Agneta Eckemyr, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Gunnar Öhlund, Lasse Kolstad, Erik Silju ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1974-12-16
10.

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Dr Simon Helder, sentenced to an insane asylum for crimes against humanity, recognises its director as the brilliant Baron Frankenstein, the man whose work he had been trying to emulate before his imprisonment. Frankenstein utilises Helder's medical knowledge for a project he has been working on for some time. He is assembling a man from vital organs extracted from various inmates in the asylum. And the Baron will resort to murder to acquire the perfect specimens for his most ambitious project ever.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse, John Stratton, Michael Ward, Norman Mitchell, Elsie Wagstaff, Christopher Cunningham, Patrick Troughton ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1974-04-01

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