Best Fantasy Movies of 1970

1.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

5.3
7.7/10 IMDB

A postman, S.D. Kluger, decides to answer some of the most common questions about Santa Claus, and tells us about a small baby named Kris who is raised by a family of elf toymakers named Kringle. When Kris grew up, he wanted to deliver toys to the children of Sombertown. But its Mayor is too mean to let that happen. And to make things worse, the Winter Warlock who lives between the Kringles and Sombertown, but Kris manages to melt the Warlock's heart and deliver his toys.

Starring: Fred Astaire, Mickey Rooney, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Robie Lester, Billie Mae Richards, Harvey Korman ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1970-12-14
2.

Scrooge

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

The classic Charles Dickens' Christmas ghost tale told in musical form.

Starring: Albert Finney, Edith Evans, Kenneth More, Laurence Naismith, Alec Guinness, Michael Medwin, David Collings, Anton Rodgers, Suzanne Neve, Frances Cuka ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1970-11-05
3.

The Phantom Tollbooth

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

The Phantom Tollbooth, based upon the children's adventure novel by Norton Juster, tells the story of a bored young boy named Milo. Unexpectedly receiving a magic tollbooth and, having nothing better to do, Milo drives through it and enters a kingdom in turmoil following the loss of it's princesses, Rhyme and Reason.

Starring: Butch Patrick, Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Candy Candido, Hans Conried, June Foray, Patti Gilbert, Shepard Menken, Cliff Norton, Larry Thor ..
Directed by: Abe Levitow, David Monahan, Chuck Jones
Release date: 1970-11-07
Best Fantasy Movies of 1970 : Sole Survivor
4.

Sole Survivor

2.9
7.4/10 IMDB

This story is loosely based on the discovery of the B-24 "Liberator" bomber the "Lady Be Good" that was found in the Libyan desert after the crew got lost on their 1st bombing mission to Italy

Starring: Vince Edwards, Richard Basehart, William Shatner, Lou Antonio, Lawrence P. Casey, Dennis Cooney, Patrick Wayne, Brad David, Alan Caillou, Timur Bashtu ..
Directed by: Paul Stanley
Release date: 1970-01-09
Best Fantasy Movies of 1970 : Fluctuations
5.

Fluctuations

2.8
5.0/10 IMDB

A bizarre don't-even-try-to-make-sense-of-it bombardment of sexual imagery that plays like stream of consciousness from a degenerate: threesomes, foursomes, lesbians, bondage, hair-whipping (!) and, believe it or not, even kung-fu. Avant-garde masterpiece or pure gutter trash? Perhaps both.

Starring: Sondra Bender, Eric Carlson, Larry Carto, Mary Drydock, Kim Lewid ..
Directed by: Joel Landwehr
Release date: 1970-02-25
6.

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

2.7
5.2/10 IMDB

Hammer Film’s follow-up to the successful One Million Years B.C. is set in an ancient past when humans and dinosaurs co-exist. Athletic cavewomen and hairy men wander around, grunting, sweating and occasionally sacrificing evil blonde babes to the sun in return for protection from stop-motion beasts. The fun-loving, energetic Sanna (Victoria Vetri), one of the sacrificial offerings, manages to escape during a ritual and joins another tribe where she says ‘necro’ a lot and falls in love with a surprisingly hairless guy.

Starring: Victoria Vetri, Robin Hawdon, Patrick Allen, Drewe Henley, Sean Caffrey, Magda Konopka, Imogen Hassall, Patrick Holt, Jan Rossini, Carol Hawkins ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1970-10-25
7.

Hercules in New York

2.5
3.3/10 IMDB

Hercules has grown tired of his life on Mount Olympus, and wishes to visit Earth. His father Zeus forbids such a voyage, but a misdirected thunderbolt sends Hercules tumbling down the mountain and into New York City, where he's befriended by Pretzie, who runs a pretzel cart in the park. As Hercules tries to make his way in the big city with Pretzie's help, he runs afoul of a crooked wresling promoter, gets mixed up with gangsters, rides his chariot through Times Square, descends into Hell, and dines at the Automat. Just as Hercules is getting used to life on Earth, his angry father decides it's time the boy came home, and Zeus sends Nemesis and a handful of other gods to retrieve him.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deborah Loomis, Taina Elg, James Karen, Arnold Stang, Rudy Bond, Ernest Graves, Tanny McDonald, Merwin Goldsmith, Richard Herd ..
Directed by: Arthur Allan Seidelman
Release date: 1970-02-23
8.

This Is It

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

“[…] Then Broughton took Eden into his own backyard, filming his 2-year-old son Orion interacting with nature, with the elements, with Papa God in a treetop and Mother Earth inside a red ball. It’s in the film “This is It” (1971) that Broughton combines some of his Zen poems with baby “Adam” encountering the wisdom of the world: This is It This is really It This is all there is And It’s perfect as it is. There is nowhere to go but Here There is nothing Here but now There is nothing now but This And This is It.” (from: http://bigjoy.org/twirl/exploring-translucent-broughton-films/)

Starring: Orion Broughton ..
Directed by: James Broughton
Release date: 1970-11-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1970 : Bizarre
9.

Bizarre

2.1
4.4/10 IMDB

An offbeat anthology film, mix of sex, horror and humor filmed in varied styles.

Starring: Richard Schulman, Janet Spearman, Dorothy Grumbar, Anthony Rowlands, Norma Eden, George Herbert, Kenneth Benda, Yvonne Quenet, Reid Anderson, Sylvia Delamere ..
Directed by: Antony Balch
Release date: 1970-03-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1970 : Jack and the Beanstalk
10.

Jack and the Beanstalk

2.0
3.9/10 IMDB

Retelling of the classic fairy tale, but from a decidedly 1960s point of view, complete with "groovy" dialogue.

Starring: Christopher Brooks ..
Directed by: Barry Mahon
Release date: 1970-03-31

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