Sci-Fi Month Movie Review – Logan’s Run – So bad but so good

Logan’s Run (1976)

Sometime in the 23rd century… the survivors of war, overpopulation and pollution are living in a great domed city, sealed away from the forgotten world outside. Here, in an ecologically balanced world, mankind lives only for pleasure, freed by the servo-mechanisms which provide everything.

There’s just one catch: Life must end at thirty unless reborn in the fiery ritual of carousel.

I meant to watch a film I hadn’t seen every week of Sci-Fi Month but my choice for this round couldn’t be found so I went with an old favourite.
I don’t hide that I love 70’s dystopic scifi and Logans Run falls well within this zone .
Like a lot of the films released around the time, the special effects are both ingenious and bad by modern standards. Long before computers made special effects fairly standard across films ,a lot the fun of scifi at this stage is seeing how they used workarounds and ingenuity to set the scene.
A lot of the pan out shots are obviously a table top model, the robots are simply awful with basically a guy inside glorified tin foil, the lazer beams are like small fireworks. The carousel machine into which those who have reached thirty must enter isn’t too bad, but the explosions are very weird.
The acting in general is fairly awful, Michael York was always terribly wooden and Farrah Fawcett’s cameo is terribly camp.Peter Ustinovs end cameo borders on weird .
Not to mention the over the top sexism with the distinct lack of underwear for most of the female characters, an all male future police force.
And yet for all the faults, and this for me is the beauty of so much 60’s and 70’s Scifi, the sum of the parts is so much more, for all the faults its still very entertaining and fun. You can’t help but enjoy the hwole lot. Its somewhere in the same bracket as the Hammer Horrors. You know its bad but still want to watch and will walk away satisfied.

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About Paul Walsh

I'm a big fan of fantasy and scifi, which would make up most of my reading but will branch out often enough. Favourite authors vary over time but generally include Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Conn Iggulden, Robert Harris, Karen Maitlan, Kate Mosse, Anne Rice, Philip K Dick, Ray Bradbury. John Scalzi, Mark Lawrence, Pat Rothfuss and a host of others. I'm not the harshest reviewer but will note down a few words on all books I read.
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