Best Fantasy Movies of 1965



7.7/10 IMDB

After the success of the live 1957 Cinderella on CBS (with Julie Andrews), the network decided to produce another television version. The new script hewed closer to the traditional tale, although nearly all of the original songs were retained and performed in their original settings. Added to the Rogers and Hammerstein score was "Loneliness of Evening", which had been composed for South Pacific but not used.

Starring: Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll, Barbara Ruick, Lesley Ann Warren, Stuart Damon, Joe E. Marks, Don Heitgerd ..
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1965-02-22


5.9/10 IMDB

Two nuns take a bath, then meet a sailor on the Staten Island Ferry.

Starring: John Cale, Bobby Driscoll, Dee Dee Driscoll, Rose Feliu-Pettet, Julie Garfield, Charles Henri Ford, Storm De Hirsch, Sally Kirkland, Gerard Malanga, Jonas Mekas ..
Directed by: Piero Heliczer
Release date: 1965-09-25


5.8/10 IMDB

The lost city of Kuma is ruled by the cruel, arrogant, beautiful queen, Ayesha, gifted with eternal life. She lures Leo Vincey into her world, seeing in him the reincarnation of the lover she long ago murdered in a fit of violent jealousy. Against all advice Leo is determined to stay and Ayesha persuades him to bathe in the flame of eternal youth... with disastrous consequences.

Starring: Ursula Andress, Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, John Richardson, Christopher Lee, Rosenda Monteros, André Morell, Julie Mendez, Lisa Peake, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1965-04-18


6.9/10 IMDB

She was the nymph who found refuge in the river reeds when the goat-god Pan pursued her. Syrinx is the first film of Ryan Larkin, a young artist from Norman McLaren’s student group. To illustrate the ancient Greek legend of how Pan made his pipes, he employs various charcoal sketches. Accompanying music is Claude Debussy’s Syrinx for solo flute.

Directed by: Ryan Larkin
Release date: 1965-05-31

War-Gods of the Deep

5.3/10 IMDB

A chance discovery leads American mining engineer Ben Harris and acquaintance Harold to discover a lost city under the sea while searching for their kidnapped friend Jill. Held captive in the underwater city by the tyrannical Captain (Vincent Price), and his crew of former smugglers, the three plot to escape...

Starring: Vincent Price, David Tomlinson, Tab Hunter, Susan Hart, John Le Mesurier, Henry Oscar, Derek Newark, Roy Patrick, Dennis Blake, Steven Brooke ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1965-05-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Dog Star Man

Dog Star Man

6.2/10 IMDB

Experimental film following a cycle of seasons as well as the stretch of a single day as a man and his dog slowly ascend a mountain.

Starring: Stan Brakhage, Jane Brakhage ..
Directed by: Stan Brakhage
Release date: 1965-02-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Magic Umbrella

The Magic Umbrella

5.7/10 IMDB

A magic umbrella saves a girl from a mysterious attacker. Filmed in 1927, tinted and hand-colored in the early 60s.

Directed by: Jerome Hill
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Pinocchio in Outer Space

Pinocchio in Outer Space

5.8/10 IMDB

Pinocchio tries to save the Earth from Astro the Space Whale

Starring: Peter Lazer, Arnold Stang, Ray Owens, Conrad Jameson, Jess Cain, Mavis Mims, Minerva Pious, Kevin Kennedy, Norman Rose, Bret Morrison ..
Directed by: Ray Goossens
Release date: 1965-12-22

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

3.8/10 IMDB

In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but an asteroid collides and explodes Capella. The leader ship Vega stays orbiting and sends the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John to the surface of Venus, but they have problems with communication with Dr. Marsha Evans in Vega. The Sirius lands in Venus and Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter explore the planet and are attacked by prehistoric animals. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman while collecting samples from the planet. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, John Bix, Gennadi Vernov, Georgi Zhzhyonov, Georgiy Teykh, Vladimir Yemelyanov, Yuriy Sarantsev ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1965-08-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Ariadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos

8.6/10 IMDB

Opera by Strauss

Starring: Erik Frey, Paul Schöffler, Sena Jurinac, Jess Thomas, Kurt Equiluz, John van Kesteren, Walter Raninger, Herbert Lackner, Reri Grist, Hildegard Hillebrecht ..
Directed by: Erich Neuberg
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Alice


7.7/10 IMDB

In this look at Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), aka Lewis Carroll, Dennis Potter mixed biographical drama with a psychological profile to explore the roots of Dodgson's creativity. Dodgson tells stories to ten-year-old Alice Liddell, leading to recreations of scenes adapted from ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (1865), designed to resemble the original Sir John Tenniel illustrations.

Starring: George Baker, Deborah Watling, Rosalie Crutchley, Tessa Wyatt, John Moffatt ..
Directed by: Gareth Davies
Release date: 1965-10-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Wizard of Mars

The Wizard of Mars

3.4/10 IMDB

In 1974, four astronauts, silver shoe-clad Dorothy, overweight Doc, goofy Charlie, and wooden Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try to survive on the surface, which is barren except for some canals with huge maggots with fins. After embarking through a golden igneous cavern, braving a storm and finding an unmanned Earth vessel, they discover a golden road which leads them to the unchanging ruins of what was once a beautiful Martian city. The Martians are modeled on the Flatheads of Oz, and their collective consciousness, the "Wizard," forbids them to leave until they perform a very small task...

Starring: John Carradine, Roger Gentry, Vic McGee, Jerry Rannow, Eve Bernhardt ..
Directed by: David L. Hewitt
Release date: 1965-01-01

Orgy of the Dead

2.9/10 IMDB

Bob and Shirley go in search of a cemetery in order to inspire Bob for writing his next horror story. After they crash the car, they wander into the graveyard and encounter the dancing dead, a full moon spectacle overseen by the Ruler of the Dark. Before long the couple is spotted and taken prisoner. Tied to stakes and forced to watch the dancing, they await their fate.

Starring: Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington, William Bates, Mickey Jines, Barbara Nordin, Bunny Glaser, Nadejda Klein, Coleen O'Brien, Stephanie Jones ..
Directed by: Stephen C. Apostolof
Release date: 1965-06-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood

The Dangerous Christmas of Red Riding Hood

6.4/10 IMDB

Everyone knows the story of Red Riding Hood. But every story has two sides and now the wolf has finally told his. This original musical comedy special, with songs by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill, first aired on November 28, 1965 on ABC.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Cyril Ritchard, Vic Damone, Eric Burdon, Chas Chandler, Dave Rowberry, John Steele, Hilton Valentine, Marlene Dell, Bette Henritze ..
Directed by: Sid Smith
Release date: 1965-11-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Horse


5.2/10 IMDB

Warhol plunked a horse named Mighty Byrd in the middle of the Factory for this dark, homoerotic take on the classic oater that later anticipates his later western epic Lonesome Cowboys.

Starring: Gregory Battcock, Tosh Carillo, Daniel Cassidy Jr., Larry Latrae, Ondine, Edie Sedgwick, Andy Warhol ..
Directed by: Andy Warhol
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Tale of Custard the Dragon

The Tale of Custard the Dragon

2.8/10 IMDB

Children role play Ogden Nash's poem about Custard the pet dragon, who shows that he is not always a coward.

Starring: Marilyn Reynolds, Tad Weems, Sandy Maeck, Cindy Rouan, Peter Meehan, David Wiener, John Craddock ..
Directed by: Peter Rubin
Release date: 1965-12-24

Fun in Balloon Land

1.2/10 IMDB

Sonny falls asleep while his mom reads him a bedtime story and wakes up in Balloon Land, a magical world filled with giant balloon people and animals.

Starring: Dorothy Brown Green, Sonny ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Sonneborn Jr.
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Soul Snatcher

The Soul Snatcher

3.0/10 IMDB

The Soul Snatcher short film

Starring: Jo Ann March, Gloria Prince, Hilda Goring, Fred Dennie, Diane Webster, Darlene Bennett, Dawn Bennett, Lou Campa, Marlene Eck, Joel Holt ..
Directed by: H.L. Zimmer
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : The Blue Rose

The Blue Rose

0.0/10 IMDB

A fantasy film about two men who become flowers.

Starring: Ralph Kleiner, Steve Kotis ..
Release date: 1965-01-01

The Psychedelic Experience

0.0/10 IMDB

Experimental movie, where a man comes home and experiences LSD. His kaleidoscopic visions follow, with readings inspired by the Tibethan Book of the Dead.

Starring: Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner ..
Directed by: Allen Willis, Jean Millay
Release date: 1965-01-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1965 : Magnificent Bakya

Magnificent Bakya

0.0/10 IMDB

A 1966 Filipino fantastical comedy starring the legendary Gina Pareño.

Starring: Gina Pareño, Ramil Rodriguez, Edgar Salcedo, Sarah Calvin, Maria Victoria, Ven Medina, Jose Villafranca, Rey Tomenes, Jose Morelos, Renato Del Prado ..
Directed by: Octavio Silos
Release date: 1965-10-18

Give A Dog A Bone

0.0/10 IMDB

Religious British fantasy.

Starring: Ronnie Stevens, Robert Davies, Ivor Danvers, Patricia O'Neal, Bryan Coleman, Richard Warner, Len Maley ..
Directed by: Henry Cass
Release date: 1965-12-12

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