Best Fantasy Movies of 1972




"Listen: Billie Pilgrim has come unstuck in time." Slaughterhouse-Five is an award-winning 1972 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's novel of the same name. Director Hill faithfully renders for the screen Vonnegut's obsessive story of Pilgrim, who survives the 1945 firebombing of Dresden, then lives simultaneously in his past, present, and future.

Starring: Michael Sacks, Ron Leibman, Eugene Roche, Sharon Gans, Valerie Perrine
Directed by: George Roy Hill
Release date: 1972-03-15


Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality.
Starring: Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais, Cathryn Harrison
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1972-05-01



After receiving word about a mysterious carcass/skeleton unearthed in the Arizona desert, a father and his daughter decide to remove it from the burial grounds for further study. Once they do so, they, as well as the town, are besieged by a colony of gargoyles living in some nearby caverns.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Grayson Hall, Bernie Casey, Scott Glenn
Directed by: Bill L. Norton
Release date: 1972-11-21

The Asphyx

The Asphyx
Hugo is a brilliant turn-of-the-century scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he is a man quickly becoming obsessed with a curious and frightening question... what is the mysterious apparition found in the photographs of his dying subjects?
Starring: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott, Ralph Arliss
Directed by: Peter Newbrook
Release date: 1972-12-05

Angels and Cherubs

Angels and Cherubs
A tragic celestial-western that explores Adam and Eve's paradise from a surreal point of view.
Starring: Roberto CaƱedo, Jorge Humberto Robles, Helena Rojo, Ana Luisa Peluffo
Directed by: Rafael Corkidi
Release date: 1972-12-08

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
An all-star cast highlights this vibrant musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's immortal tale. One day, plucky young Alice follows a white rabbit down a hole and discovers a world of bizarre characters.
Starring: Fiona Fullerton, Michael Crawford, Robert Helpmann, Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan
Directed by: William Sterling
Release date: 1972-01-01



An 18th century African prince is turned into a vampire while visiting Transylvania. Two centuries later, he rises from his coffin attacking various residents of Los Angeles and meets Tina, a woman who he believes is the reincarnation of his deceased wife.

Starring: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, Gordon Pinsent
Directed by: William Crain
Release date: 1972-08-25

The Amazing Mr Blunden

The Amazing Mr Blunden
Mysterious old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in their squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the housekeepers to a derelict country mansion in the charge of the solicitors. One day the children meet the spirits of two other children who died in the mansion nearly a hundred years prior. The children prepare a magic potion that allows them to travel backwards in time to the era of the ghost children. Will the children be able to help their new friends and what will happen to them if they do?
Starring: Laurence Naismith, Lynne Frederick, Garry Miller, Rosalyn Landor, Marc Granger
Directed by: Lionel Jeffries
Release date: 1972-12-07


A tribe of primitive "mudpeople" encounter a croquet ball, rolling through their forest. Following it, they find themselves on a vast, deserted Long Island estate. Entering, they begin to become civilized and assume the stereotypical roles and dress of people at a weekend party. There follows an allegory of upper-class behavior. At last, they begin to devolve toward their original status, and after a battle at croquet, they disappear into the woods.
Starring: Lewis J. Stadlen, Anne Francine, Thayer David, Susan Blakely, Russ Thacker
Directed by: James Ivory
Release date: 1972-06-27

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

Neither the Sea Nor the Sand
This movie takes place on the Isle of Jersey where a troubled wife has come to sort out the tumult of her life. She encounters a lighthouse-keeper there and they quickly become lovers. Together they flee to Scotland. One day they are making love on a beach when the lighthouse keeper dies. But that's only the beginning of the story.
Starring: Susan Hampshire, Frank Finlay, Michael Petrovitch, Michael Craze, Jack Lambert
Directed by: Fred Burnley
Release date: 1972-11-01

Something Wicked This Way Comes

Something Wicked This Way Comes
Strange things start to happen when Mr Dark's Pandemonium Carnival arrives in Greentown.
Starring: Ben Clennell, Mark Ashman, Tony Collins, Jenny Glennell, Glen Dunderdale
Directed by: Colin Finbow
Release date: 1972-01-01


Eccentric Professor Leviticus Wirtsus is obsessed with crossbreeding animals of different species. His research leads Wirtsus to discover a LSD-type substance called Fongaluli
Starring: Persephone Black, Susie Sunshine, Emaye Callan, Don Crosby, Zona La Pointe
Directed by: Eduardo Cemano
Release date: 1972-11-03

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny

Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny
Poor Santa Claus. This live-action feature finds his sleigh stuck in the sand on a Florida beach only days before Christmas Eve.
Starring: Jay Ripley, Shay Garner, Pat Morrell, Ruth McMahon
Directed by: R. Winer
Release date: 1972-11-18

The Pied Piper

The Pied Piper
Greed, corruption, ignorance, and disease. Midsummer, 1349: the Black Death reaches northern Germany. Minstrels go to Hamelin for the Mayor's daughter's wedding to the Baron's son. He wants her dowry to pay his army while his father taxes the people to build a cathedral he thinks will save his soul. A local apothecary who's a Jew seeks a treatment for the plague; the priests charge him with witchcraft. One of the minstrels, who has soothed the Mayor's daughter with his music, promises to rid the town of rats for the fee. The Mayor agrees, then renigs. In the morning, the plague, the Jew's trial, and the Piper's revenge come at once.
Starring: Donovan, Diana Dors, Donald Pleasence, Roy Kinnear, John Hurt
Directed by: Jacques Demy
Release date: 1972-12-27

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