Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974


Dark Star

6.2/10 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 to 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


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

Phase IV

6.4/10 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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Frankenstein: The True Story

Frankenstein: The True Story

7.2/10 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

It's Alive

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

The Land That Time Forgot

5.6/10 IMDB

During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.

Starring: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron, Anthony Ainley, Godfrey James, Bobby Parr, Declan Mulholland, Colin Farrell, Ben Howard ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1974-08-13

The Little Prince

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

Space Is the Place

6.5/10 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

The Island at the Top of the World

6.2/10 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

Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell

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
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Where Have All the People Gone

Where Have All the People Gone

6.0/10 IMDB

A strange series of solar flares proves fatal for inhabitants of the Earth, except for the fortunate few who are somehow immune from the effects. Animals go insane and human beings turn to white powder, leaving behind only empty clothing. A handful of survivors attempt to rebuild their lives on the de-populated Earth.

Starring: Peter Graves, George O'Hanlon Jr., Kathleen Quinlan, Verna Bloom, Michael-James Wixted, Noble Willingham, Jay W. MacIntosh, Doug Chapin, Ken Sansom, Beans Morocco ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Live Again, Die Again

Live Again, Die Again

5.8/10 IMDB

After being cryogenically frozen for more than 30 years, a woman wakes to find her husband an old man and her children older than she is. Her daughter has also developed a psychotic obsession with her and may be out to kill her.

Starring: Cliff Potts, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Mills, Mike Farrell, Geraldine Page, Vera Miles, Lurene Tuttle, Stewart Moss, Irene Tedrow, Peter Bromilow ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1974-02-16

The Terminal Man

5.6/10 IMDB

As the result of a head injury, brilliant computer scientist Harry Benson begins to experience violent seizures. In an attempt to control the seizures, Benson undergoes a new surgical procedure in which a microcomputer is inserted into his brain. The procedure is not entirely successful.

Starring: George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen, Jill Clayburgh, Norman Burton, James B. Sikking, Matt Clark ..
Directed by: Mike Hodges
Release date: 1974-06-19
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer

The Cloning of Clifford Swimmer

7.2/10 IMDB

Clifford Swimmer, an angry and abusive man cruel to his wife and son, wants out if his marriage. With the help of a scientist he clones a replacement who takes over as head of the family while the real Clifford travels the world. The clone turns out to be a gentle and sensitive husband and father, a complete opposite of the original, and the wife and son come to love him. When the real Clifford comes back and finds his family happy with the clone he becomes angry and jealous and things take a deadly turn.

Starring: Peter Haskell, Sheree North, Lance Kerwin, William Bassett, Keene Curtis, Sharon Farrell, John Karlen ..
Directed by: Lela Swift
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : The Stranger Within

The Stranger Within

6.1/10 IMDB

Who is the father of Ann Collins’ baby? Her husband had a vasectomy years ago. And Ann hasn’t been with another man. Even more mysterious: as the baby grows inside her, Ann begins to change. She is beset by strange illnesses, pours tablespoons of salt on her food, turns the thermostat to 50 degrees, speed-reads academic tomes. But much bigger shocks are yet to come. Barbara Eden stars in this hypnotic, swiftly paced blend of horror and sci-fi from Richard Matheson, the popular and prolific writer who also penned the novel I AM LEGEND and several notable THE TWILIGHT ZONE scripts.

Starring: Barbara Eden, George Grizzard, Joyce Van Patten, David Doyle, Nehemiah Persoff ..
Directed by: Lee Philips
Release date: 1974-10-01


5.0/10 IMDB

Construction workers building an airstrip on a small Pacific Island during WWII encounter an ancient meteor. Then they are terrorized when some strange spirit-like being takes over a large bulldozer, and goes on a killing rampage.

Starring: Clint Walker, Carl Betz, Neville Brand, James Wainwright, Robert Urich, James A. Watson, Jr ..
Directed by: Jerry London
Release date: 1974-02-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Planet Earth

Planet Earth

5.7/10 IMDB

The time: the 22nd century. The place: the Confederacy, a matriarchy where men are enslaved and impotent. The hero: Dylan Hunt, a handsome, vigorous 20th-century scientist awakened from suspended animation - just the "breeder" a Confederacy dominatrix has been waiting for! Can Hunt defy the Confederacy and free his downtrodden fellow males, or is he doomed to slavery on Planet Earth? A sequel to Gene Roddenberry's Genesis II.

Starring: John Saxon, Janet Margolin, Ted Cassidy, Christopher Cary, Diana Muldaur, Sally Kemp, Johana De Winter, Claire Brennen, Corinne Camacho, Majel Barrett ..
Directed by: Marc Daniels
Release date: 1974-04-23

Flesh Gordon

4.8/10 IMDB

Emperor Wang (the Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno and sends his mighty "Sex Ray" towards Earth, turning everyone into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardor and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, they set off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them!

Starring: Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins, William Dennis Hunt, Candy Samples, John Hoyt, Robert V. Greene, Craig T. Nelson, Mycle Brandy, Nora Wieternik ..
Directed by: Michael Benveniste, Howard Ziehm
Release date: 1974-07-30
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Split


6.0/10 IMDB

When his father runs off and his mother hooks up with a mustachioed new beau, eleven-year-old Mark becomes convinced that an uninvited talkative space alien, going by the name "Split," has taken up telepathic residence in his mind, and is leading him to question the norms of planet Earth. Only one teacher is willing to entertain the possibility that Mark just might be telling the truth.

Starring: Mark Draisey, Steve Reader, Madeline Aitken, Harry Dickinson, Ron Creber, Tim McGill, Dave Thomas, Jack Foster, Peter Bridges ..
Directed by: Roger Lambert
Release date: 1974-01-01

Chosen Survivors

5.4/10 IMDB

A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter in the desert, nearly two miles below the surface of the Earth. There they learn that a nuclear holocaust is taking place and that they've been "chosen" by computer to survive in the shelter in order to continue the human race. The shelter is designed to allow the people to exist underground comfortably for years, but they are faced with a threat nobody could have predicted: a colony of thousands of bloodthirsty vampire bats finds a way into the shelter and launches a series of vicious attacks where they claim the humans one by one.

Starring: Jackie Cooper, Alex Cord, Richard Jaeckel, Bradford Dillman, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Diana Muldaur, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Gwenn Mitchell, Barbara Babcock, Cristina Moreno ..
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Release date: 1974-05-24
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Who?


5.8/10 IMDB

After an American scientist is severely injured and scarred in a car crash along the border with East Germany, he is captured by East German military. The scientists use metal implants to save him. Once he's back in the States, no one can tell if it's really him, so an intelligence specialist must determine who is under the "mask".

Starring: Elliott Gould, Trevor Howard, Joseph Bova, Edward Grover, John Lehne, James Noble, Lyndon Brook, Michael Lombard, Joy Garrett, Kay Tornborg ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1974-04-18
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : The Disappearance of Flight 412

The Disappearance of Flight 412

4.6/10 IMDB

Colonel Pete Moore (Glenn Ford) is commander of the Whitney Radar Test Group, which has been experiencing electrical difficulties aboard its aircraft. To ferret out the problem, he sends a four-man crew on Flight 412. Shortly into the test, the jet picks up three blips on radar, and subsequently, two fighters scramble and mysteriously disappear. At this point, Flight 412 is monitored and forced to land by Digger Control, a top-level, military intelligence group that debunks UFO information. The intrepid colonel, kept in the dark about his crew, decides to investigate the matter himself.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Bradford Dillman, David Soul, Robert F. Lyons, Guy Stockwell, Greg Mullavey, Stanley Bennett Clay, Jack Ging, Ken Kercheval, Edward Winter ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : House of the Living Dead

House of the Living Dead

3.5/10 IMDB

On a South African plantation, a maniac is on the loose, first killing the estate's animals, then starting on the human members.

Starring: Mark Burns, Shirley Anne Field, David Oxley, Margaret Inglis, Dia Sydow, Lynne Maree, Bill Flynn, William Baird Clark, Ronald France, Don Furnival ..
Directed by: Ray Austin
Release date: 1974-08-12

Deep Throat Part II

3.8/10 IMDB

Nurse Linda Lovelace works for libidinous sex therapist Dr. Jayson. One of the patients she is treating is Dilbert Lamb, a meek geek who's harboring plans for a top secret government computer. Both the KGB and FBI alike attempt to enlist Lovelace in order to obtain the data on the computer.

Starring: Linda Lovelace, Harry Reems, Levi Richards, Chris Jordan, David Davidson, Andrea True, Jamie Gillis, Ashley Moore, Marc Stevens, Roger Caine ..
Directed by: Joseph W. Sarno
Release date: 1974-02-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Two Sisters

Two Sisters

5.9/10 IMDB

Debbie and Mary are loving sisters, and they share a special bond – when Debbie feels something, Mary feels the same thing! So when Debbie is having sex on a date, Mary is at home masturbating! The girls meet a pair of horny guys who take the two sisters to their toy store, and then teach them an exciting new game. They’re going to learn how to play doctor! For those with a refined taste in classic erotica, you’re in for one hot and sexy treat!

Starring: Ric Lutze, Bob Silvani, Suzanne Fields, Rene Bond ..
Release date: 1974-07-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Wam Bam Thank You Spaceman

Wam Bam Thank You Spaceman

3.2/10 IMDB

Two aliens from a dying planet are on a mission to impregnate Earth women.

Starring: Jay Rasumny, Samual Mann, John Ireland, Dyanne Thorne, Mendel Pincus, Robert George, Anne Gaybis, Marius Mazmanian, Maria Arnold, April Grant ..
Directed by: William A. Levey
Release date: 1974-12-31
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Moonchild


3.6/10 IMDB

A young artists spends the night at a mysterious inn, where he meets a group of strange, sullen people, among them the innkeeper's beautiful daughter. What he doesn't know is that he has wandered into a kind of spiritual void, and the inn's residents are engaging in a battle over his soul.

Starring: Victor Buono, John Carradine, William Challee, Janet Landgard, Pat Renella, Mark Travis, Frank Corsentino, Marie Denn ..
Directed by: Alan Gadney
Release date: 1974-05-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : UFO: Target Earth

UFO: Target Earth

2.7/10 IMDB

An electronics expert searching for evidence of aliens picks up signals that he believes are from an alien spacecraft--and they are coming from a lake near town.

Starring: Nick Plakias, Cynthia Cline, LaVerne Light, Tom Arcuragi, Phil Erickson, Brooks Clift, Martha Corrigan, Kathleen Long, Billy Crane, Tom Harper ..
Directed by: Michael A. DeGaetano, Alessandro De Gaetano
Release date: 1974-09-01

Free Inside

5.2/10 IMDB

8mm/Super 8 early silent short films by the Chiodo Brothers, inspired by Ray Harryhausen, included on the 4K remastered Arrow Video Blu-ray of ‘Killer Klowns from Outer Space’

Directed by: Charles Chiodo
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Death in Space

Death in Space

4.5/10 IMDB

The commander of a spaceship orbiting 250 miles above Earth disappears through the airlock and is ejected into space. Although at first it appears to have been an accident, some of the crew come to suspect that it may have actually been a murder.

Starring: George Maharis, Cameron Mitchell, Margaret O'Brien, Robert Walker Jr., Susan Oliver, Jeremy Slate, William Bryant, Lynette Mettey, John Carter, Jason Wingreen ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1974-06-17

Invasion From Inner Earth

2.7/10 IMDB

Plane passengers are stranded in the snow at the mercy of an alien death ray.

Starring: Paul Bentzen, Debbi Pick, Nick Holt, Karl Wallace, Robert Arkens, Arnold Didrickson, James Steadman, David Pray, Mary O'Keefe, William Reetz ..
Directed by: Bill Rebane
Release date: 1974-10-30
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

Doctor Who: The Time Warrior

0.0/10 IMDB

When scientists start to go missing in the 20th century, the Doctor is called in by the Brigadier to investigate. His investigations lead him to deduce that they are being kidnapped through time and he sets off in pursuit, unknowingly kidnapping journalist Sarah Jane Smith in the process. Arriving in the middle ages, the Doctor and Sarah find themselves caught up in the machinations of the robber baron Irongron and his man from the stars. The alien, a Sontaran named Linx, is arming him with modern weapons in return for helping him repair his damaged ship, and it's up to the Doctor and Sarah to stop him from ruining the Earth's timeline.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Kevin Lindsay, David Daker, John J. Carney, Alan Rowe, June Brown, Jeremy Bulloch, Donald Pelmear ..
Directed by: Alan Bromly
Release date: 1974-01-05
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs

0.0/10 IMDB

The Third Doctor and Sarah arrive in 1970s London to find it has been evacuated because dinosaurs have appeared mysteriously. It turns out the dinosaurs are being brought to London via a time machine to further a plan to revert London to a pre-technological level.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, Noel Johnson, Peter Miles, Martin Jarvis, John Bennett, Terence Wilton ..
Directed by: Paddy Russell
Release date: 1974-02-16
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

0.0/10 IMDB

An energy drain traps the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith on the planet Exxilon with its hostile natives, causing the travellers to make an uneasy alliance with a Marine Space Corps expedition and a squadron of Daleks. The key to escape for all of them lies at the heart of a powerful and mysterious lost city, but only after a series of deadly traps.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Duncan Lamont, John Abineri, Joy Harrison, Julian Fox, Neil Seiler, Arnold Yarrow, Roy Heymann, Mostyn Evans ..
Directed by: Michael E. Briant
Release date: 1974-03-16
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

Doctor Who: The Monster of Peladon

0.0/10 IMDB

The Doctor returns to Peladon fifty years after his last visit, to find Queen Thalira, daughter of the late King Peladon, on the throne. A tense labour dispute between Pel nobility and miners is worsened when apparitions of their deity Aggedor attack and kill several miners. The Galactic Federation desperately needs trisilicate for its war against Galaxy 5 and sends in brutal Ice Warrior troopers to ensure production. The Doctor discovers a devious plot at the heart of Aggedor's appearances.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen, Nina Thomas, Frank Gatliff, Rex Robinson, Ralph Watson, Graeme Eton, Michael Crane, Terry Walsh, Max Faulkner ..
Directed by: Lennie Mayne
Release date: 1974-04-27
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders

0.0/10 IMDB

The blue crystal that the Doctor took from Metebelis III in a previous adventure is desperately sought by the Eight Legs, a race of mutated spiders, as the final element in their plan for universal domination. With help from an old mentor, the Doctor realises the only way to foil the plot is to make the ultimate sacrifice. The Doctor must risk death to return to the cave of the Great One and save the universe.

Starring: Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, John Levene, John Dearth, Carl Forgione, Andrew Staines, Terence Lodge ..
Directed by: Barry Letts
Release date: 1974-06-08
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : Death Is a Bad Trip

Death Is a Bad Trip

0.0/10 IMDB

A planned explosion at a bookstore sets off a chain of daring escapes.

Starring: Peter Coffield, Charles Dierkop, Tom Heaton, Tim O'Connor, Tisha Sterling, Geoffrey Scott, Barbara Baldavin, Kendrew Lascelles, Sandy Brown Wyeth ..
Release date: 1974-07-23
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1974 : The Questor Tapes

The Questor Tapes

6.8/10 IMDB

Project Questor is brainchild of the genius Dr. Vaslovik: he developed plans to build an android super-human. Although he's disappeared and half of his programming tape was erased in the attempt to decode it, his former colleagues continue the project and finally succeed. But Vaslovik seems to have installed a secret program in Questor's brain: He flees and starts to search for Vaslovik. Since half of his knowledge is missing, he needs the help of Jerry Robinson, who's now under suspect of having stolen the android.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Mike Farrell, John Vernon, Lew Ayres, James Shigeta, Robert Douglas, Dana Wynter, Ellen Weston, Majel Barrett, Reuben Singer ..
Directed by: Richard A. Colla
Release date: 1974-01-23

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