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1980 Sci-Fi Movies List

  1. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

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    PG | 2h 04min | 124min | 20 Jun 1980

    Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back 1980
       Score: 8.83/10

    Director: Irvin Kershner

    Starring: Frank Oz, Mac McDonald, Harrison Ford, Burnell Tucker, Julian Glover

    Synopsis: Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca face attack by the Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers on the ice planet Hoth. While Han and Leia escape in the Millennium Falcon, Luke travels to Dagobah in search of Yoda. Only with the Jedi master's help will Luke survive when the dark side of the Force beckons him into the ultimate duel with Darth Vader.

    Tagline: The Adventure Continues...

  2. Altered States (1980)

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    R | 1h 42min | 102min | 25 Dec 1980

    Altered States 1980
       Score: 7.42/10

    Director: Ken Russell

    Starring: John Larroquette, Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Francis X. McCarthy, Evan Richards

    Synopsis: It's the late 1960's. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in…

    Tagline: When he heard his cry for help it wasn't human

  3. Alligator (1980)

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    R | 1h 31min | 91min | 14 Nov 1980

    Alligator 1980
       Score: 6.7/10

    Director: Lewis Teague

    Starring: Kane Hodder, Buckley Norris, Robert Hammond, Simmy Bow, Robert Forster

    Synopsis: Ramon the alligator is flushed down the toilet as a baby and grows into a gargantuan monster by eating the corpses of laboratory animals who have undergone dubious hormone experiments, thus providing all the ecological and social subtext that one could possibly wish for, even if one doesn't normally go for films about giant alligators eating people left, right, and center--which is the inevitable and tragic result of Ramon's decision that the outside world looks rather more interesting than the sewers....

    Tagline: Beneath Those Manholes, A Man-Eater Is Waiting ...

  4. Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

    R | 1h 36min | 96min | 18 Sep 1981

    Cannibal Apocalypse 1980
       Score: 5.85/10

    Director: Antonio Margheriti

    Starring: John Saxon, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Don Ruffin, Goffredo Unger, Laura Dean

    Synopsis: It starts off in Vietnam where John Saxon gets bitten by P.O.W. John Morghen who has been infected with some sort of cannibal virus. A few decades later in Atlanta, Georgia, Saxon wakes up from a nightmare flashback of what actually happened back in 'Nam. Saxon then receives a call from Morghen asking him if he wants to go out for a drink but Saxon refuses remembering the incident in 'Nam. Morghen has turned into a cannibal and is soon on the run after biting into a woman's neck. He barricades himself in a department store and shoots some folks…

    Tagline: An American City Terrorized by Crazed Flesh-Eating Killers ... An Unbelievable Nightmare!

  5. The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

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    R | 1h 45min | 105min | 09 Jan 1980

    The Lathe of Heaven 1980
       Score: 5.74/10

    Directors: Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton

    Starring: Bruce Davison, R.A. Mihailoff, Frank Miller, Kevin Conway, John Rainone

    Synopsis: George Orr, a man whose dreams can change waking reality, tries to suppress this unpredictable gift with drugs. Dr. Haber, an assigned psychiatrist, discovers the gift to be real and hypnotically induces Mr. Orr to change reality for the benefit of mankind --- with bizarre and frightening results.

  6. Humanoids from the Deep (1980)

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    R | 1h 20min | 80min | 16 May 1980

    Humanoids from the Deep 1980
       Score: 5.65/10

    Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Barbara Peeters

    Starring: Greg Travis, Don Maxwell, Rob Bottin, Anthony Pena, Linda Shayne

    Synopsis: Scientific experiments backfire and produce horrific mutations: half man, half fish, which terrorize a small fishing village by killing the men and raping the women.

    Tagline: Between Life and Death, There Is ... "Humanoids from the Deep"

  7. Night of the Hunted (1980)

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    R | 1h 27min | 87min | 20 Aug 1980

    Night of the Hunted 1980
       Score: 5.11/10

    Director: Jean Rollin

    Starring: Natalie Perrey, Cyril Val, Brigitte Lahaie, Jean Hérel, Alain Duclos

    Synopsis: A woman is taken to a mysterious clinic whose patients have a mental disorder in which their memories and identities are disintegrating as a result of a strange environmental accident.

  8. Revenge of the Stepford Wives (1980)

    PG | 1h 36min | 96min | 12 Oct 1980

    Revenge of the Stepford Wives 1980
       Score: 4.94/10

    Director: Robert Fuest

    Starring: James MacKrell, Peter Maloney, Arthur Hill, Melissa Newman, Mason Adams

    Synopsis: A TV reporter arrives in Stepford to do a story on the American town with the lowest crime and divorce rates and the tightest real-estate market (no one ever leaves). She needs an assistant, and after interviewing the seemingly-plastic women of Stepford, jumps at the chance to hire the down-to-earth Megan, who's married to a newly-hired cop who hasn't yet moved into the town. Four times a day a siren sounds and every woman in town takes a pill (they each claim it's a thyroid condition). Accidents start to happen, Megan disappears for a couple of days, and the reporter…

    Tagline: 'Til death do us part.

  9. Contamination (1980)

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    R | 1h 35min | 95min | 11 Jun 1982

    Contamination 1980
       Score: 4.89/10

    Director: Luigi Cozzi

    Starring: Edward Mannix, Larry Dolgin, Susan Spafford, Ian McCulloch, Nick Alexander

    Synopsis: A ship pulls into New York Harbor with no one on board. The police find a cargo full of green pulsating eggs. Upon contact, the eggs explode spreading a green acid like substance that seeps into the skin and explodes. It is later discovered that the eggs are being manufactured in South America by a one-eyed Martian that grew from a tiny seed a former astronaut brought back from a expedition to Mars.

    Tagline: They Invade Your Body ... Control Your Mind ... Blow You Apart!

  10. Incubo sulla citt? contaminata (1980)

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    R | 1h 32min | 92min | 18 Nov 1983

    Incubo sulla citt? contaminata 1980
       Score: 4.85/10

    Director: Umberto Lenzi

    Starring: Gregory Snegoff, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Edward Mannix, Larry Dolgin, Geoffrey Copleston

    Synopsis: In a nameless European city, a local reporter and his doctor wife try to escape from hordes of blood thirsty zombies, undead people exposed to nuclear radioactivity, while the military leaders fight a losing war of attrition against the relentless atomic zombies.

    Tagline: The Nightmare Becomes Reality

  11. Virus (1980)

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    R | 1h 39min | 99min | 14 Oct 1983

    Virus 1980
       Score: 4.75/10

    Directors: Claudio Fragasso, Bruno Mattei

    Starring: Gregory Snegoff, Edward Mannix, Larry Dolgin, Carolyn De Fonseca, Ted Rusoff

    Synopsis: After a chemical leak at the Hope Centre in Papua New Guinea (an organization devoted to feeding underdeveloped countries) turns its staff into flesh-eating zombies, a four-man commando squad led by Mike London are sent to investigate. They run into a TV news crew led by celebrity reporter Lia, who are after the same story, but when they discover that the entire country has been overrun by zombies, what are the chances of them getting the message across? Unlike most zombie films, this actually tries to make a serious point - that if we don't feed the Third World, they'll…

    Tagline: There is no escape from NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIES!

  12. Saturn 3 (1980)

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    R | 1h 36min | 96min | 15 Feb 1980

    Saturn 3 1980
       Score: 2.6/10

    Directors: Stanley Donen, John Barry

    Starring: Harvey Keitel, Farrah Fawcett, Christopher Muncke, Kirk Douglas, Ed Bishop

    Synopsis: Two lovers stationed at a remote base in the asteroid fields of Saturn are intruded upon by a retentive technocrat from Earth and his charge: a malevolent 8-ft robot. Remember, in space no one can hear you scream...

    Tagline: The Ultimate Space Adventure

  13. Galaxina (1980)

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    R | 1h 35min | 95min | 06 Jun 1980

    Galaxina 1980
       Score: 2.6/10

    Director: William Sachs

    Starring: Stephen Macht, Tad Horino, Angelo Rossitto, Percy Rodrigues, Aesop Aquarian

    Synopsis: The crew of the police cruiser Infinity is finally heading home after a long stay in deep space. Just when they think they are about to get some much needed rest and relaxation, the crew is given a new mission - journey to the alien world Altar One to find the Blue Star, a mystical gem that holds unlimited power. Their journey to find the Blue Star leads them to an outer space brothel full of alien women and a gang that worships Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Can Galaxina and the crew find the Blue Star and save the world and will…

    Tagline: She's too good to be true...and too real to be otherwise.

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