Zardoz: SF’s Maligned Masterpiece

Tony Peak
11 min readAug 25, 2023
Image courtesy of Twenty Century Fox

Zardoz is one of those cult films that people either love or hate; there seems to be little middle ground. Since I’m posting an essay about this film, which is nearly half a century old as of this writing, I’m firmly in the ‘love it’ camp. If you watch it with an open mind, you might join that camp, too.

This science fiction movie, released in 1974, and directed by John Boorman (later of Deliverance and…

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Tony Peak

Science Fiction & Fantasy author, member of SFWA, HWA, & Planetary Society; represented by Ethan Ellenberg