Best Fantasy Movies of 1973
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
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.
O Lucky Man!
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.
The Saragossa Manuscript
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.
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?
Alice Through the Looking Glass
1973 BBC TV movie adaptation of the book by Lewis Carroll.
Ganja & Hess
After being stabbed with an ancient, germ-infested knife, a doctor finds himself with an insatiable desire for blood.
A Ghost of a Chance
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.
The Mislayed Genie
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.
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.
Miracle on 34th Street
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.
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.
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.
Charley and the Angel
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.
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.
Gawain and the Green Knight
The medieval legend of a supernatural knight who challenges the king's men to kill him.
A farmer accidentally creates a self-procreating iron Pegasus.
A band of adventurers invade a native island determined to grab a reported fortune in buried treasure.
Bruka, Queen of Evil
A kung fu master battles an evil snake queen and her army of savage little people.
Superzan and the Space Boy
A youn alien comes to earth to teach humans how to live in peace.
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.
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.
Heads or Tails
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.
The Zoo Robbery
When the world's only Yeti in captivity is kidnapped from London Zoo, a group of children succeed in rescuing it.
That Girl in Wonderland
Annie Marie imagines herself in the stories "Alice in Wonderland", "Goldilocks and the Three Bears", "The Wizard of Oz" and "Cinderella".
The Swinging Genie
Marsh, a "swinging" guy who gets to make wishes courtesy of a genie.
Let Me Count The Lays
A groom recounts his past sexual exploits to his new bride on their wedding night.
Hungry Eyed Woman
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.
Nothings Going to Change My World
A lonely twelve-year-old boy with problem parents experiments with drugs and enters an idealised fantasy world.
A Point In Time
A young man is transported into a surreal painting by Hieronymus Bosch..
Three unrelated vignettes themed around bodybuilders.
The Devil in Miss Jones
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...
A deformed prince is forced into a life of sexual servitude and then becomes the rising symbol of the sexual freedom movement.
Jethro Tull: Story of the Hare who Lost his Spectacles
'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.