Best Fantasy Movies of 1968

1.

Yellow Submarine

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant blue glove. As the only survivor, the Lord Admiral escapes in the yellow submarine and goes to Liverpool to enlist the help of the Beatles.

Starring: Paul Angelis, John Clive, Geoffrey Hughes, Peter Batten, Dick Emery, Lance Percival, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr ..
Directed by: George Dunning
Release date: 1968-07-17
2.

The Love Bug

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

Herbie is a car - but no ordinary car. The story follows the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own from the showroom to the race track, with various close escapes in between. Three further Herbie movies were to follow.

Starring: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, Buddy Hackett, Joe Flynn, Benson Fong, Andy Granatelli, David Tomlinson, Barry Kelley, Iris Adrian, Joe E. Ross ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1968-12-22
3.

Blackbeard's Ghost

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Peter Ustinov stars as the eponymous wraith, who returns to Earth to aid his descendant, elderly Elsa Lanchester (Stowecroft). The villains want to kick Lanchester and her friends out of their group home so that they can build a crooked casino. Good guy Steve Walker (Jones) gets caught in the middle of the squabble after evoking Blackbeard's ghost.

Starring: Peter Ustinov, Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, Elsa Lanchester, Richard Deacon, Peter Ustinov, Stefanie Powers, Terry-Thomas, Joby Baker, Elliott Reid ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1968-02-08
4.

Head

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.

Starring: Peter Tork, Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Annette Funicello, Timothy Carey, Logan Ramsey, Vito Scotti, Charles Macaulay, T.C. Jones ..
Directed by: Bob Rafelson
Release date: 1968-11-06
5.

The Magus

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

A teacher on a Greek island becomes involved in bizarre mind-games with the island's magus (magician) and a beautiful young woman.

Starring: Michael Caine, Anthony Quinn, Candice Bergen, Anna Karina, Paul Stassino, Julian Glover, Takis Emmanuel, George Pastell, Danièle Noël, Jerome Willis ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1968-12-10
6.

The Lost Continent

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

An eclectic group of characters set sail on Captain Lansen’s leaky cargo ship in an attempt to escape their various troubles. When a violent storm strikes, the ship is swept into the Sargasso Sea and the passengers find themselves trapped on an island populated by man-eating seaweed, giant crabs and Spanish conquistadors who believe it’s still the 16th century.

Starring: Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Tony Beckley, Nigel Stock, Neil McCallum, Ben Carruthers, Jimmy Hanley, James Cossins, Dana Gillespie ..
Directed by: Michael Carreras
Release date: 1968-06-19
7.

Sirene

2.9
7.2/10 IMDB

Monsterlike cranes reign over an inhospitable harbour as prehistorical reptiles. The only human being they accept is a lonesome fisherman. He is to witness a strange encounter between a ship's mate and a mermaid. Imagination or reality?

Directed by: Raoul Servais
Release date: 1968-01-01
8.

Messages, Messages

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

A journey of the psyche into the world of the unconscious. Made when Wiese and Arnold were students at the San Francisco Art Institute, the surrealistic film is influenced by Dalí, Buñuel and the German expressionists. The film was premiered at the St. Regis Hotel in New York by Salvador Dalí and invited to Director's Fortnight at Cannes. (IMDb)

Directed by: Steven Arnold
Release date: 1968-02-27
9.

Ball of Yarn

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Puppet animated folk tale about an old lady who finds a ball of yarn. After picking it the ball changes into a little dog, which has the magical power to be crocheted into anything the old lady fantasizes.

Directed by: Nikolay Serebryakov
Release date: 1968-01-01
10.

Candy

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

Based on Terry Southern's satirical novel, a send-up of Voltaire's Candide. Young Candy is a high school girl who seeks truth and meaning in life, encountering a variety of kookie characters and humorous sexual situations in the process.

Starring: Ewa Aulin, Charles Aznavour, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn, John Huston, Walter Matthau, Ringo Starr, John Astin, Elsa Martinelli ..
Directed by: Christian Marquand
Release date: 1968-12-17

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