Best Fantasy Movies of 1973


The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

6.8/10 IMDB

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map.

Starring: John Phillip Law, Caroline Munro, Tom Baker, Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw, Grégoire Aslan, Kurt Christian, Takis Emmanuel, David Garfield, Ferdinando Poggi ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1973-12-20

O Lucky Man!

7.6/10 IMDB

This sprawling, surrealist comedy serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in modern Britain.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts, Arthur Lowe, Helen Mirren, Graham Crowden, Peter Jeffrey, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne, Philip Stone ..
Directed by: Lindsay Anderson
Release date: 1973-03-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Saragossa Manuscript

The Saragossa Manuscript

7.7/10 IMDB

An epic six-hour adaptation of Potocki's The Manuscript Found in Saragossa. Most famously filmed by Wojciech Has, this four part adaptation has the advantage of a vastly expanded running time, allowing for more of the novel to be incorporated >> shot on film, it was clearly a very expensive production and is equally spectacular in its own way.

Directed by: Philippe Ducrest
Release date: 1973-12-24

The Asphyx

6.2/10 IMDB

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, Fiona Walker, Terry Scully, Tony Caunter, Paul Bacon ..
Directed by: Peter Newbrook
Release date: 1973-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

7.6/10 IMDB

1973 BBC TV movie adaptation of the book by Lewis Carroll.

Starring: Sarah Sutton, Brenda Bruce, Richard Pearson, Judy Parfitt, Geoffrey Bayldon, Freddie Jones, Nicholas Jones ..
Directed by: James MacTaggart
Release date: 1973-12-25

Ganja & Hess

6.2/10 IMDB

After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.

Starring: Marlene Clark, Duane Jones, Bill Gunn, Sam Waymon, Leonard Jackson, Candece Tarpley, Richard Harrow, John Hoffmeister, Betty Barney, Mabel King ..
Directed by: Bill Gunn
Release date: 1973-04-20
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : A Ghost of a Chance

A Ghost of a Chance

7.2/10 IMDB

Jerry just can't seem to shake off the death of his lover Cass, who he keeps seeing wherever he goes. But Cass is real and explains why he's back and can't be seen by others. They go to a bar where Cass, naked and invisible to everyone except Jerry, describes all of the things he's learned in death while offering his theories on why men should have sex with whomever they want, even if they're in a monogamous relationship.

Starring: Roy Clark, Jimmy Hughes, Toby Willis, Tom Winston, Ralph Martin, Gena Powers, Glenn Brock ..
Directed by: Gorton Hall
Release date: 1973-11-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Mislayed Genie

The Mislayed Genie

4.6/10 IMDB

After accidentally summoning up a genie (played by cult character actor Tobar Mayo), a sex-starved young man finds all of his erotic wishes can come true, but soon finds himself embroiled in time hopping orgies, gangster schemes, and other uproarious happenings, all while trying to score the girl of his dreams. Rene Bond co-stars as a sex-ed teacher whose students take 'family planning' a bit too literally in this never released on English language home video, sexploitation rarity.

Starring: Ann Ali, Franklin Anthony, Rene Bond, Patricia Burns, Con Covert, Margot Devletian, Diana Hardy, Jane Ingenito, Linda Kwan, Tobar Mayo ..
Directed by: Eric Jeffrey Haims
Release date: 1973-11-01

Lost Horizon

5.2/10 IMDB

While escaping war-torn China, a group of Europeans crash in the Himalayas, where they are rescued and taken to the mysterious Valley of the Blue Moon, Shangri-La.

Starring: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Sally Kellerman, George Kennedy, Michael York, Olivia Hussey, Bobby Van, James Shigeta, Charles Boyer, John Gielgud ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1973-03-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Steambath


7.9/10 IMDB

Tandy, Merideth and assorted others unexpectedly wake up in a steambath with no easy exit. After spending some time there, it becomes clear that the steambath is a sort of Afterlife, where indifferent souls come to tell their stories to God who happens to be the attendant picking up the towels.

Starring: Bill Bixby, Stephen Elliott, Herb Edelman, Valerie Perrine, Kenneth Mars, Neil J. Schwartz, Patrick Spohn, Peter Kastner, José Pérez, Art Metrano ..
Directed by: Burt Brinckerhoff
Release date: 1973-05-04
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Miracle on 34th Street

Miracle on 34th Street

5.8/10 IMDB

A department store Santa tries to convince a little girl who doesn't believe in Santa Claus that he is Santa Claus, and winds up going on trial to prove who he is.

Starring: Sebastian Cabot, Jane Alexander, David Hartman, Suzanne Davidson, Jim Backus, Roddy McDowall, Tom Bosley, David Doyle, Ellen Weston, Roland Winters ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1973-12-14
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Borrowers

The Borrowers

5.4/10 IMDB

An eight-year-old boy discovers a family of tiny people, only a few inches tall, living beneath the floorboards of a Victorian country home.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Judith Anderson, Tammy Grimes, Beatrice Straight, Barnard Hughes, Dennis Larson, Karen Pearson ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1973-12-14
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Charley and the Angel

Charley and the Angel

6.1/10 IMDB

Charley is a workaholic family man that finds out from an angel that his "number's up" and he will be dying soon so he tries to change his ways and be a better husband and father with the time he has left.

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Harry Morgan, Kurt Russell, Cloris Leachman, Kathleen Cody, Vincent Van Patten, Scott C. Kolden, George Lindsey, Edward Andrews, Richard Bakalyan ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1973-03-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Poor Devil

Poor Devil

5.4/10 IMDB

A young, down-on-his-luck resident of hell is given a chance to redeem himself by signing up a down-on-his-luck retail accountant to sell his soul to Lucifer.

Starring: Sammy Davis Jr., Christopher Lee, Jack Klugman, Adam West, Gino Conforti, Madlyn Rhue, Ken Lynch, Buddy Lester, Emily Yancy, Alan Manson ..
Directed by: Robert Scheerer
Release date: 1973-02-14


6.2/10 IMDB

A farmer accidentally creates a self-procreating iron Pegasus.

Directed by: Raoul Servais
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Gawain and the Green Knight

Gawain and the Green Knight

5.4/10 IMDB

The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.

Starring: Murray Head, Ciaran Madden, Nigel Green, Anthony Sharp, Robert Hardy, David Leland, Murray Melvin, Tony Steedman, Ronald Lacey, Willoughby Goddard ..
Directed by: Stephen Weeks
Release date: 1973-06-01

Beyond Atlantis

4.1/10 IMDB

A band of adventurers invade a native island determined to grab a reported fortune in buried treasure.

Starring: Patrick Wayne, John Ashley, Leigh Christian, Sid Haig, Lenore Stevens, George Nader, Vic Diaz, Eddie Garcia, Andres Centenera, Kim Ramos ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1973-09-01

Bruka, Queen of Evil

4.6/10 IMDB

A kung fu master battles an evil snake queen and her army of savage little people.

Starring: Rosemarie Gil, Etang Discher, Alex Lung, Yukio Someno, Romy Diaz, Sandra De Veyra, Michael Kwan, Charlie Davao, Connie Angeles ..
Directed by: Felix Villar, Yu Chi Lien
Release date: 1973-07-18
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Superzan and the Space Boy

Superzan and the Space Boy

2.6/10 IMDB

A youn alien comes to earth to teach humans how to live in peace.

Starring: Superzan, Caro Laniesti, Claudio Lanuza, Freddy Pecherelly, Antonio Almorza, Enrique Bremermann, Rolando Clausmann, Edgar Echevarria, Augusto Monterroso ..
Directed by: Rafael Lanuza
Release date: 1973-12-20


6.8/10 IMDB

A reclusive Albertan DJ runs his popular pirate radio station in a remote farmhouse but begins to feel pressure from his romantic relationship with a fan and his producer who wants more mainstream content.

Starring: Luke Askew, Patti Oatman, Eli Rill, Scott Hylands, Danny Friedman, Debbie Peck, Debbie Rottenberg, Allan Anderson, Joseph Golland, Michael Hollingsworth ..
Directed by: David Acomba
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Mermaid

The Mermaid

6.7/10 IMDB

After listening to an old man tell a story of his marriage to a real life mermaid, some sailors decide to see if they can find mermaid brides of their own.

Starring: Rene Bond, Peggy Church, Jacqueline Giroux ..
Directed by: Dan Martin
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Heads or Tails

Heads or Tails

5.5/10 IMDB

A frustrated office worker gets his hands on a magic pill that makes him sexually desirable to women. This was first released to theaters in a soft-core version titled Heads or Tails. In the mid 70s to capitalize on the rise in popularity of hardcore, the original film was hacked up to make room for more explicit sex inserts. This X version is titled Honey Buns and is currently the only version commercially available.

Starring: Matt Hewitt, Uschi Digard, Rene Bond, Starlyn Simone, John Barnum, Becky Sharpe, Sandy Carey, Kathy Hilton, Joan Devlon, John Seeman ..
Directed by: James Chiara
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Zoo Robbery

The Zoo Robbery

6.1/10 IMDB

When the world's only Yeti in captivity is kidnapped from London Zoo, a group of children succeed in rescuing it.

Starring: Paul Gyngell, Denise Gyngell, Karen Lucas, Luke Batchelor, Walter McKone ..
Directed by: John Black, Matt McCarthy
Release date: 1973-04-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : That Girl in Wonderland

That Girl in Wonderland

5.7/10 IMDB

Annie Marie imagines herself in the stories "Alice in Wonderland", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella".

Starring: Marlo Thomas, Patricia Bright, Dick Heymeyer, Rhoda Mann, Ted Schwartz ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1973-01-13
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : The Swinging Genie

The Swinging Genie

4.9/10 IMDB

Marsh, a "swinging" guy who gets to make wishes courtesy of a genie.

Starring: Jill Sweete, Annette Michael, Carmel Monterey, Sandy Dempsey, Ric Lutze, Keith Erickson, Mary Dunhill, Louise Martin, Gloria Perry, Michelle Watson ..
Directed by: Duke Latifundia
Release date: 1973-12-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Let Me Count The Lays

Let Me Count The Lays

4.6/10 IMDB

A groom recounts his past sexual exploits to his new bride on their wedding night.

Starring: John Holmes, Patti Lee, Becky Sharpe, Andy Bellamy, Susan Westcott, Alex Elliot, Charles Lish, Gerard Broulard, Anne Perry, Judy Angel ..
Directed by: Walt Davis
Release date: 1973-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Hungry Eyed Woman

Hungry Eyed Woman

3.9/10 IMDB

A sea nymph emerges from the ocean waves and embarks upon a journey through the city. She mesmerizes and seduces a series of men in her travels.

Starring: Maggie Williams, Joan Benton, Patty Douglas, Jose Finch, Larry Roth, Barry Litmus, Adrian Michaelis, Roxanne Neufeld ..
Directed by: Ted Denver
Release date: 1973-01-01

Nothings Going to Change My World

0.0/10 IMDB

A lonely twelve-year-old boy with problem parents experiments with drugs and enters an idealised fantasy world.

Directed by: Roger Lambert
Release date: 1973-02-10

A Point In Time

0.0/10 IMDB

A young man is transported into a surreal painting by Hieronymus Bosch..

Starring: Nuccia Cardinali, Giuliana Giuliani, Dorit Henke, Richard Hurndall, Christopher Neame, Mark Edwards, Jack Woolgar ..
Directed by: Carlos Pasini Hansen
Release date: 1973-02-20
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Loadstar


0.0/10 IMDB

Three unrelated vignettes themed around bodybuilders.

Starring: Bob Wren, Bruce Morgan, Chuck Zephyr, Ken Sprague, Joey Daniels, Rick Drasin, Stacey, Rick Cassidy ..
Directed by: Ken Sprague
Release date: 1973-03-02

The Devil in Miss Jones

0.0/10 IMDB

Georgina Spelvin plays Justine Jones, a lonely, depressed spinster who decides that suicide is the only way out of her routinely dull existence. While lying in the bathtub, Justine slits her wrists with a shaving blade and dies quietly as the water fills with her blood. Because she has lived a "pure" life, Miss Jones finds herself in Limbo. There she meets Mr. Abaca (John Clemens), an angel, of sorts, who informs her that she does not qualify for entrance to Heaven because she has killed herself. Angry that this one indiscretion has left her with only the options of Limbo or Hell, she begs Mr. Abaca to let her "earn" her place in Hell...

Starring: Georgina Spelvin, John Clemens, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Levin Richards, Judith Hamilton, Sue Flaken, Gerard Damiano ..
Directed by: Gerard Damiano
Release date: 1973-03-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Viva Dirk

Viva Dirk

0.0/10 IMDB

A deformed prince is forced into a life of sexual servitude and then becomes the rising symbol of the sexual freedom movement.

Starring: Ve de Milo ..
Directed by: Ve de Milo
Release date: 1973-10-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1973 : Jethro Tull: Story of the Hare who Lost his Spectacles

Jethro Tull: Story of the Hare who Lost his Spectacles

0.0/10 IMDB

'Nonsense' piece inserted between Acts Two and Three of Jethro Tull's A Passion Play, which bears no relation to the rest of The Play. In 1973 concerts, the band left the stage after Act Two and a filmed version of 'The Hare...' was shown. A spoken-word comedic interlude (narrated by Jeffrey Hammond with an exaggerated Lancashire accent) backed by instrumentation. Presented as an absurd fable, the interlude details (with much wordplay) the failure of a group of anthropomorphic animals to help a hare find his missing eyeglasses.

Starring: Ian Anderson ..
Release date: 1973-07-13

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