The 17 Most Underrated Fantasy Films, Part Two (1982-88)

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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  • Mert Tanaydın

    1st supposed to the thing (1982)

    • Mark Trammell

      Sorry for the late reply, but I wouldn’t consider “The Thing” either underrated, or a fantasy film. It’s more sci-fi/horror, and most Carpenter fans rank it amongst his best. (The same cannot be said, except amongst the most die-hard of JC fans, of “Big Trouble,” which did make the list and is definitely more fantasy-oriented.)

      I see “The Thing” on lots of best-of lists, so I didn’t include it. A case could be made for, say, “Legend” or “Labyrinth” being well-regarded, I suppose, but they weren’t necessarily at the time. But rest assured-it’s not just one of my fave Carpenter films- it’s one of my all-time fave films, period!