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Head Trips: Similar Themes in Other 70's Films


'The Terminal Man' is definitely worth checking out, especially for it's deliberate pacing, forboding atmosphere and very unique and lush production design. It seems to me, it belongs with a group of like minded and similarly themed films of that era. Looking back, I'm thinking especially of a film released the same year, Alan Pakula's 'The Parallax View' and DePalma's 1978 film about telekenisis, 'The Fury.' Robert Altman made an obscure film about a schizophrenic woman in 1971 called 'Images.' I even see visual and symbolic overlap with two odd, atmospherically-charged John Boorman films from around that time, 'Zardoz' and 'Exorcist II: The Heretic.' Also, 1982's 'Brainstorm' from Douglas Trumball. Interesting, weird, futuristic mixtures of brain science, religion, psychology, paranoia and human frailty. Add David Cronenberg's 'Scanners' and especially his 'The Dead Zone.' Or even Ken Russell's 'Altered States.'

Almost a new genre of sci-fi/fantasy films: Fever Dream Cinema, Epileptoid Cinema or Head Trip Cinema?

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The Terminal Man (1974) reminded me of another seventies sci-fi movie The Andromeda Strain (1971). I like both of them for their realistic and matter of fact (albeit a little slow) depiction of breakthrough scientific research.

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