MOVIE REVIEWS - 1976
1976 had some notable releases in the Science Fiction and Horror genres.
LOGAN'S RUN was the biggest Sci-Fi release, attracting attention for it's special effects and futuristic costume designs. The film itself is uneven and loses much of its momentum once Logan (Michael York) and Jessica (Jenny Agutter) escape the confines of the futuristic city. The film features one of Jerry Goldsmith's first forays into the incorporation of electronic music into one of his scores with the "Love Shop" track.
Richard Donner scored big with THE OMEN, while Brian DePalma turned in one of the best film adaptations of a Stephen King novel with CARRIE, starring Sissy Spacek in the title role.
While it would be another couple of years before the breakout success of HALLOWEEN, John Carpeneter delivered ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13, featuring one of the most confronting, chilling murder scenes ever depicted in a film.
Arguably, the best genre film of 1976 was TAX DRIVER; depending on whether you accept that the events shown in the film are part of an elaborate psychosis that has overwhelmed Robert DeNiro's Travis Bickle. Martin Scorsese would revisit this idea with more certainty in his 2010 film SHUTTER ISLAND, but, there's no doubt, TAXI DRIVER is an incredibly dark fantasy.
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