Best Fantasy Movies of 1943

1.

Meshes of the Afternoon

5.6
7.9/10 IMDB

A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Starring: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid ..
Directed by: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
Release date: 1943-01-01
2.

I Walked with a Zombie

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A nurse in the Caribbean turns to voodoo in hopes of curing her patient, an unusual woman whose husband she's fallen in love with.

Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison, Edith Barrett, James Bell, Theresa Harris, Darby Jones, Sir Lancelot, Christine Gordon, Jeni Le Gon ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-04-21
3.

Heaven Can Wait

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

Spoiled playboy Henry van Cleve dies and arrives at the entrance to Hell, a final destination he is sure he deserves after living a life of profligacy. The devil, however, isn't so sure Henry meets Hell's standards. Convinced he is where he belongs, Henry recounts his life's deeds, both good and bad, including an act of indiscretion during his 25-year marriage to his wife, Martha, with the hope that "His Excellency" will arrive at the proper judgment.

Starring: Gene Tierney, Don Ameche, Charles Coburn, Marjorie Main, Laird Cregar, Spring Byington, Allyn Joslyn, Eugene Pallette, Signe Hasso, Louis Calhern ..
Directed by: Ernst Lubitsch
Release date: 1943-08-05
4.

Cabin in the Sky

3.8
7.1/10 IMDB

When compulsive gambler Little Joe Jackson dies in a drunken fight, he awakens in purgatory, where he learns that he will be sent back to Earth for six months to prove that he deserves to be in heaven. He awakens, remembering nothing and struggles to do right by his devout wife, Petunia, while an angel known as the General and the devil's son, Lucifer Jr., fight for his soul.

Starring: Ethel Waters, Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, Lena Horne, Louis Armstrong, Rex Ingram, Kenneth Spencer, John W. Bubbles, Oscar Polk, Mantan Moreland, Willie Best ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli, Busby Berkeley
Release date: 1943-04-09
5.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Graverobbers open the grave of the Wolfman and awake him. He doesn't like the idea of being immortal and killing people when the moon is full, so he tries to find Dr. Frankenstein, in the hopes that the Dr. can cure him, but Frankenstein is dead and only his Monster is alive and this one wants to live, not to die like the Wolfman.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Ilona Massey, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lionel Atwill, Rex Evans, Dennis Hoey, Cyril Delevanti, Tom Stevenson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1943 : Heavenly Music
6.

Heavenly Music

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Bandleader/singer/songwriter Ted Barry arrives to heaven. The receptionist tells him that before he can take his place in the Hall of Music, a committee must review his work and decide whether he is worthy of admittance.

Starring: Frederick Brady, Mary Elliott, Eric Blore, Steven Geray, Fritz Feld, Elmer Jerome, Eric Mayne, Lionel Royce, Billie Thomas, William Yetter Sr. ..
Directed by: Josef Berne
Release date: 1943-05-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1943 : Momotaro, the Sea Eagle
7.

Momotaro, the Sea Eagle

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Considered the first animated feature film from Japan. Although it's short, it was billed as a main attraction. This government funded propaganda film features the classic folklore character Momotaro and his animal friends as they attack Pearl Harbor which is defended by characters strikingly similar to Bluto and Olive Oil from the Popeye cartoons. The animation is mixed with real video footage from the attack on Pearl Harbor supplied by the military.

Directed by: Mitsuyo Seo
Release date: 1943-03-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1943 : Food and Magic
8.

Food and Magic

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A sideshow barker uses magic and visual aids to alert the public that proper food management is both a resource and a weapon that could be to America's advantage if conserved properly in winning the then current World War.

Starring: Jack Carson, Faye Emerson, Fred Kelsey, Bill Kennedy, Mark Stevens, Dink Trout ..
Directed by: Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1943-11-18
9.

A Christmas Carol

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

An early experimental television broadcast of Dickens's famous novel.

Starring: William Podmore, Lon Clark, Roger De Koven, Noah Julian, Consuela Lembke, Ralph Locke, Don Randolf ..
Directed by: George Lowther
Release date: 1943-12-22
10.

Son of Dracula

0.0
6.1/10 IMDB

Carpathian Count Alucard is invited to the U.S. by a young heiress. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the "virile" soil of the new world.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Evelyn Ankers, Samuel S. Hinds, Pat Moriarity, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Etta McDaniel ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1943-10-05

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