Best Fantasy Movies of 1963

1.

Jason and the Argonauts

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

Starring: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, Michael Gwynn, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Honor Blackman, John Cairney ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-06-19
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
2.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

4.9
9.1/10 IMDB

A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown sees a creature on the wing of the airplane he is on, but no one believes him.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Leon Alton, David Armstrong, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11
3.

The Raven

4.7
6.5/10 IMDB

A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson, John Dierkes, Connie Wallace, William Baskin, Aaron Saxon ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-01-25
4.

King Kong vs. Godzilla

4.5
5.7/10 IMDB

US version. The re-edited John Beck version of the film: released outside of Japan and restructured with new footage of American actors centering around a news report plot not present in the original. Eric Carter of United Nation News is joined by Dr. Arnold Johnson as a prehistoric monster emerges from hibernation while a pharmaceutical company seeks publicity with their own monster.

Starring: Harry Holcombe, Michael Keith, James Yagi, Byron Morrow, Les Tremayne, Bruce Mason, Paul Howard, Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki ..
Directed by: Ishir? Honda, Thomas Montgomery
Release date: 1963-06-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Scorpio Rising
5.

Scorpio Rising

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Starring: Bruce Byron, Bruce Byron, Ernie Allo, Steve Crandell, Johnny Dodds, Bill Dorfman, Nelson Leigh, Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1963-10-07
6.

The Three Lives of Thomasina

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.

Starring: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Laurence Naismith, Jean Anderson, Matthew Garber, Denis Gilmore, Vincent Winter, Finlay Currie, Elspeth March ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1963-12-11
7.

Night Tide

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman performing as a mermaid on the local pier. As they become entwined, he comes to suspect the woman might be a real mermaid who lures men to a watery death during the full moon.

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders, Marjorie Eaton, Tom Dillon, H.E. West, Marjorie Cameron, Chaino, Kirby Allan ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1963-06-06
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Nightmare at 20,000 Feet
8.

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

2.9
9.1/10 IMDB

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Captain Sindbad
9.

Captain Sindbad

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer, Bernie Hamilton, Helmuth Schneider, Margaret Jahnen, Rolf Wanka ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1963-04-12
10.

Christmas Cracker

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Three separate sequences related to Christmas, animated in different styles: cutout animation of children dancing in the snow to "Jingle Bells," stop-motion animation of toys come to life, and cel animation of a man who seeks the ideal star to top his Christmas tree.

Starring: Grant Munro ..
Directed by: Jeff Hale, Norman McLaren, Grant Munro, Gerald Potterton
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Flaming Creatures
11.

Flaming Creatures

2.5
4.6/10 IMDB

Filmmaker and artist Jack Smith described his own film as a “comedy set in a haunted movie studio.” Flaming Creatures begins humorously enough with several men and women, mostly of indeterminate gender, vamping it up in front of the camera and participating in a mock advertisement for an indelible, heart-shaped brand of lipstick. However, things take a dark, nightmarish turn when a transvestite chases, catches and begins molesting a woman. Soon, all of the titular “creatures” participate in a (mostly clothed) orgy that causes a massive earthquake. After the creatures are killed in the resulting chaos, a vampire dressed like an old Hollywood starlet rises from her coffin to resurrect the dead. All ends happily enough when the now undead creatures dance with each other, even though another orgy and earthquake loom over the end title card.

Starring: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez, Arnold Rockwood, Judith Malina, Marian Zazeela, Beverly Grant, Piero Heliczer ..
Directed by: Jack Smith
Release date: 1963-04-29
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : The Balcony
12.

The Balcony

2.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Shelley Winters is the madam of a house where customers play out their erotic fantasies, oblivious to a revolution that is sweeping the country. When her old friend, the chief of police (Peter Falk), asks her to impersonate the missing queen in order to reassure the people and halt the revolution, she offers instead three of her customers to play the general, bishop, and chief justice, all of whom have died in the revolution.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Peter Falk, Lee Grant, Leonard Nimoy, Ruby Dee, Peter Brocco, Joyce Jameson, Jeff Corey, Arnette Jens, Kent Smith ..
Directed by: Joseph Strick
Release date: 1963-03-21
13.

Lancelot and Guinevere

2.2
5.7/10 IMDB

In and around the castle Camelot, brave Cornel Wilde (as Lancelot) and virtuous Brian Aherne (as King Arthur) vie for the affections of lovely Jean Wallace (as Guinevere).

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace, Brian Aherne, George Baker, Archie Duncan, Adrienne Corri, Michael Meacham, Iain Gregory, Mark Dignam, Reginald Beckwith ..
Directed by: Cornel Wilde
Release date: 1963-06-02
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : An Evening With The Royal Ballet
14.

An Evening With The Royal Ballet

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about the Royal Ballet. Includes selections from "Les Sylphides" and "The Sleeping Beauty" with Rudolf Nureyev and Dame Margot Fonteyn

Starring: Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev, Antoinette Sibley, Merle Park ..
Directed by: Anthony Havelock-Allan, Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1963-12-01
15.

Amanita Pestilens

1.4
5.9/10 IMDB

A man obsessed with his award-winning lawn goes to great lengths to keep it looking great when mushrooms suddenly start appearing all over the yard.

Starring: Jacques Labrecque, Huguette Oligny, Geneviève Bujold, Benoît Girard, Blake James, Jean-Louis Millette, Julien Lippé, Georges Cortez, Ronald France, J. Léo Gagnon ..
Directed by: René Bonnière
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Amirat el Arab
16.

Amirat el Arab

1.2
5.9/10 IMDB

Directed by Niazi Mostafa.

Starring: Warda, Rushdy Abaza, Wedad Hamdy, Mohamed Awad, Fouad El-Mohandes, Abdul Ghani Qamar, Ragaa Youssef, Saeed Khalil, Mohamed El Helou, Omar Afifi ..
Directed by: Niazi Mostafa
Release date: 1963-03-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1963 : Knockers Up
17.

Knockers Up

0.0
2.6/10 IMDB

Man takes Hindu potion to make himself invisible.

Starring: Sandra Monetz, Sidney Saks, Althea Currier ..
Directed by: Peter Perry Jr.
Release date: 1963-11-07

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