Best Fantasy Movies of 1971


The Projectionist

5.9/10 IMDB

A projectionist bored with his everyday life begins fantasizing about his being one of the superheroes he sees in the movies he shows.

Starring: Chuck McCann, Rodney Dangerfield, Ina Balin, Jára Kohout, Harry Hurwitz, Lucky Kargo, Sam Stewart, Alex Stevens, Robert Lee, Robert Staats ..
Directed by: Harry Hurwitz
Release date: 1971-01-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Boys in the Sand

Boys in the Sand

6.5/10 IMDB

Seminal in more ways than one, Boys in the Sand was the first triple-X film of any orientation to bill its director and actors (thereby launching the career of [Casey] Donovan, gay porn’s original superstar); it remains the only adult flick ever reviewed in The New York Times. It even began the phenomenon of porn titles spoofing mainstream fare, mocking William Friedkin’s 1970 sissyfest, The Boys in the Band. After opening at the 55th Street Playhouse in December 1971, its notoriety began to attract hetero couples, eager to see what the fuss was about. “A couple of times when women had to go to the bathroom, we had to make sure there were no guys in there,” [director Wakefield] Poole recalls. By the time Gerard Damiano’s Deep Throat opened the following year, “the egg had cracked,” Poole says, and ’70s porno chic began.

Starring: Casey Donovan, Peter Schneckenburger, Danny Di Cioccio, Tommy Moore ..
Directed by: Wakefield Poole
Release date: 1971-12-29
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Death Takes a Holiday

Death Takes a Holiday

7.5/10 IMDB

Death takes a human form and visits Earth to try to find out why humans want so desperately to cling to life. He unexpectedly falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Starring: Yvette Mimieux, Monte Markham, Myrna Loy, Bert Convy, Melvyn Douglas, Kerwin Mathews, Priscilla Pointer ..
Directed by: Robert Butler
Release date: 1971-10-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : The Eight Immortals

The Eight Immortals

6.1/10 IMDB

Fantasy adventure depicting the famous Eight Immortals of Taoist mythology.

Starring: Kung Shun Chang, Kuo Chun Chen, Cheng Kang ..
Directed by: Chen Hung-min
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

5.9/10 IMDB

A collection of the classic morality tales narrated by Bill Cosby as "Aesop" that have been passed down from family to family for thousands of years. Every story has a lesson.

Starring: Bill Cosby, Keith Hamilton, Jere Fields, John Byner, John Erwin, Dal McKennon, Larry Storch, Jane Webb ..
Directed by: Robert Chenault, Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1971-10-31
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

Health: The Dirt-Witch Cleans Up!

4.0/10 IMDB

Casting her devious filth hex on pig farmers, house painters, and football-playing children, The Dirt Witch delights in making everyone as unclean as herself, until one day a young girl takes pity on her and instructs the soiled sorceress in the ways of hygiene. Produced by the Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation as part of their “Joy of Growing” series of educational shorts for elementary grade children.

Starring: Kelly Jean McIntire ..
Directed by: Paul Ferrara
Release date: 1971-11-10

Bedknobs and Broomsticks

7.1/10 IMDB

Three children evacuated from London during World War II are forced to stay with an eccentric spinster (Eglantine Price). The children's initial fears disappear when they find out she is in fact a trainee witch.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson, Bruce Forsyth, Cindy O'Callaghan, Roy Snart, Ian Weighill, Tessie O'Shea ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1971-10-07
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Tales of Beatrix Potter

Tales of Beatrix Potter

6.9/10 IMDB

The Royal Ballet Company brings Squirrel Nutkin, Tom Thumb, Hunca Munca, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Jeremy Fisher, Pigling Bland, and Pigwig to the screen doing pirouettes and pas de deux in this filmed ballet production directed by Reginald Mills. The film more properly belongs, however, to choreographer Frederick Ashmore, composer John Lanchbery, and costume designer Rostislav Douboujinsky. This literal adaptation concerns the shy Beatrix Potter and how, when all of the toy animals in her room come to life, she emerges from her shell and begins to enjoy life. Sequences include a rowdy dance with Tom Thumb and Hunca Munca destroying a collection of plaster food, a midnight pas de deux between Pigling Bland and Pigwig, and a corps de ballet of dancing mice.

Starring: Frederick Ashton, Alexander Grant, Julie Wood, Ann Howard, Bob Mead, Garry Grant, Sally Ashby ..
Directed by: Reginald Mills
Release date: 1971-03-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : A Picture For Harold's Room

A Picture For Harold's Room

0.0/10 IMDB

With his purple crayon, Harold draws a picture for his room - and then becomes part of it.

Starring: Charles Cioffi ..
Directed by: Gene Deitch
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1971 : Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince

0.0/10 IMDB

A retelling of the classic fairy tale of The Frog Prince featuring Kermit the Frog, Kermit's nephew Robin, Sweetums, and a princess cursed to say everything wackbards...I mean backwards.

Starring: Gordon Thomson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Carl Banas, Jerry Juhl, Trudy Young ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1971-05-12

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