Best Fantasy Movies of 1965



After the success of the live 1957 Cinderella on CBS (with Julie Andrews), the network decided to produce another television version. The 1957 premiere had been broadcast before videotape was available, so only one performance could be shown. CBS mounted a new production in 1965, with Richard Rodgers as Executive Producer and written by Joseph Schrank. The new script hewed closer to the traditional tale, although nearly all of the original songs were retained and sung in their original settings. Added to the Rogers and Hammerstein score was "Loneliness of Evening", which had been composed for South Pacific in 1949 but not used in that musical. The 1965 debut had a Nielsen rating of 42.3, making it the highest-rated non-sports special on CBS from the beginning of the Nielsen ratings until 2009, and the 50th highest-rated show of any kind during that period.
Starring: Ginger Rogers, Walter Pidgeon, Celeste Holm, Jo Van Fleet, Pat Carroll
Directed by: Charles S. Dubin
Release date: 1965-02-22


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
Directed by: Piero Heliczer
Release date: 1965-01-01

War-Gods of the Deep


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
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1965-05-26

Orgy of the Dead

Orgy of the Dead
Orgy of the Dead is an unrated 1965 film directed by Stephen C. Apostolof under the alias A. C. Stephen. The screenplay was adapted by cult film director Edward D. Wood, Jr from his own novel. It is a combination of horror and erotica, and is something of a transition for Wood, who began as a horror writer and later began writing pornography.
Starring: Criswell, Fawn Silver, Pat Barrington, William Bates, Mickey Jines
Directed by: Stephen C. Apostolof
Release date: 1965-01-01

The Wizard of Mars

The Wizard of Mars
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


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
Directed by: Andy Warhol
Release date: 1965-01-01

The Soul Snatcher

The Soul Snatcher
The Soul Snatcher short film
Starring: Jo Ann March, Gloria Prince, Hilda Goring, Fred Dennie, Diane Webster
Directed by: H.L. Zimmer
Release date: 1965-01-01

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