The 16 Most Underrated Fantasy Films, Part One (1944-1981)

Mark Trammell

Mark Trammell is a life-long fan of films and has a pretty whacked-out, all-over-the-place movie collection that would give most sane people pause. He loves horror movies and Disney flicks and isn't entirely sure there is a difference. He one day hopes to put his money where his mouth is and inflict his own perverse vision on society, entirely so that he can tell people who ask: "If you think you can do better, why don't you make a movie yourself?" to shut up. He is the resident Entertainment Critic at UAB.

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  • demonstrable

    I’ve never seen Time Bandits and I’m kind of ashamed of that. It is on my Netflix queue but I just haven’t made the time yet.

    • Mark Trammell

      If you like Monty Python or Terry Gilliam, you should love it. (Or even if you don’t and just like quirky fantasay flicks, which I assume you do or you wouldn’t be reading this…) I’m glad I included it, then- I almost didn’t bc I thought it was too obvious, but then I remembered I had an unorthodox upbringing & just bc I saw it doesn’t mean everyone did! Thank God for Netflix for making this stuff readily available.

  • http://www.tvequals.com/ Sandrine Sahakians

    Wow, so I’ve got a lot of catching up because the only one I’ve seen from that list is Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Does it count more if I’ve seen it many times?

    I guess Fantasy films were not really on my radar growing up.

    Thanks for all the recommendations :)

    • Mark Trammell

      Yeah, my parents were big proponents of the “plop the kids in front of the TV and put in a movie”-style of babysitting, lol. The only thing is, they sometimes wouldn’t watch the movies first, leading to some questionable choices on their part. But I still love them for it. (Not that all of these flicks were ones I saw in my childhood, i.e. “Cat People” and “Lemora”, which came much later- but the point was to pick slightly obscure ones, so there you go…)

  • Jimmie

    Loved ’em all, except # 5 & 6. I would suggest: Krull, Paperhouse (1988), Explorers (1985), Flight of the Navigator and I Married a Witch, just to name a few. There are many, many more that deserve a little more recognition.

    • Mark Trammell

      Agreed! “Krull” did make the list for part two, though, you’ll be happy to hear. I do like “Explorers,” but it did not make the next list, unfortunately. (Too late now.) Look for that one soon. Also, love “Paperhouse”! Never hear anyone talk about that one, ever. Great film! I will have to look into the others…

  • https://plus.google.com/107139528810562549536 Jeffery Barber

    Excalibur, 5000 fingers, bedknobs and broomsticks, Jason and the Argonauts, dragonslayer, kwaidan, watership down, and wizards are all based on the same mythological legend, that Robin Hood, the Arthurian legends, Harry Potter, the bible, Carnivale, and star wars are based on the very same mythological history that that those framers of the bible fouled up so bad that it’s actually been invalidated.

    There is a creature of dark and a creature of light. Darth Vader and Obie won kanobe.

    The blue blood line is carried by the first born male child, and the avatar flips from dark to light and back every generation, just as with Vader and Luke.

    It is the cosmic world of yin and yang. On a human level. Well actually its an Immortal level.

    These creatures really do exist. These creatures of Light and Dark.

    There are the avatars of the Nephilim. The sire of sons of God, and the daughters of Man.

    The reason I know its all too true, its that I am the first prebiblical giant to come forth in over 26,000 years.

    There are many of these avatars are the movers and shakers of world history, including JFK, JFK jr, Grandsire Bhishma Patimah, Jacques de Molay, Nàrada, Oliver Hazard Perry, Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler, Winston Churchill, Adlai Stevenson as well as every Templar Knight and Moses, Adam, and Enoch.

    I possess powers that are limited only by how big i can think, as long as I am of rightous cause.

    I do try to stay on this side of that line.