Get to know some of the best science fiction movies released in 1977, which today are under the shadow of the fame of Star Wars.
In 1977 it premiered Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope, which marked a before and after in science fiction cinema worldwide. However, long before Star Wars the cinema of sci fi already existed and in that same year of 1977 other productions were released before or after the epic story of George Lucas. Meet these titles that were overshadowed by the presence of Luke Skywalker and company, but which are also part of the long history of a subgenre that has fascinated us over the decades. Get to know some of the best science fiction movies released in 1977.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Dir. Steven Spielberg)
Spielberg has always had a clear fascination with aliens and in this production he made it clear. The story centers on a family man (Richard Dreyfuss) who begins to experience signs related to the imminent arrival of an intelligent race on Earth… and he is ready to receive it and live the experience up close. There is no doubt that this is one of the best science fiction movies released in 1977.
Wizards (Dir. Ralph Bakshi)
This cult animated film is a mixture between epic fantasy and science fiction. The story tells us what happened in a post apocalyptic earth in which a magician and his companions fight against an evil sorcerer who uses technology in his attempt to conquer. A must for all those who like vintage cartoon movies. As a curious fact, this production has the voice of Mark Hamill, yes, the same actor who gave life to Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Shock Waves (Dir. Ken Wiederhorn)
This curious production focuses on one of the most exotic subgenres of horror and science fiction cinema: that of the nazi zombies. A group of visitors arrives at a remote island and discovers that a Nazi commander who lives in seclusion is dedicated to spawning a group of zombie soldiers. The film stands out for the presence of the first actor Peter Cushinga constant presence in the horror cinema of those years.
Invisible Adversaries (Dir. Valie Export)
Of all the tapes we’ve talked about, this is the most experimental and puzzling off the list. The story follows the protagonist Anna, an artist who is obsessed with invasion of alien doubles bent on total destruction. From this fact, we will witness long surreal and dreamlike sequences. Austrian filmmaker Value Export debuted with this production that today is considered cult and one of the best science fiction films released in 1977.
Alternative 3 (Dir. Christopher Miles)
This production consists of a fictional documentary in the style of radio production “War of the Worlds” of Orson Welles. The program pretends to be a journalistic investigation into the strange disappearances of British scientists. The story reveals a plan to build secret bases in space in order to escape an impending climate catastrophe on Earth. At the time, the audience was carried away by the veracity with which the facts are presented and several believed that everything they saw on the screen was true.
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