Best Fantasy Movies of 1974
Phantom of the Paradise
A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.
In the far future, a savage trained only to kill finds a way into the community of bored immortals that alone preserves humanity's achievements.
Egyptian gods summon the angel Lucifer, in order to usher in a new occult age.
Herbie Rides Again
The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.
From Beyond the Grave
Four customers purchase (or take) items from Temptations Limited, an antiques shop whose motto is "Offers You Cannot Resist". A nasty fate awaits all of them—particularly those who cheat the shop's Proprietor.
The Land That Time Forgot
During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn, the submarine takes them to the unknown land of Caprona, where they find dinosaurs and neanderthals.
The Little Prince
Based on the story by Antoine deSaint-Exupery, this magical musical fable begins as a pilot (Richard Kiley) makes a forced landing on the barren Sahara Desert. He is befriended by a "little" prince from the planet Asteroid B-612. In the days that follow, the pilot learns of the small boy's history and planet-hopping journeys in which he met a King, a businessman, an historian, and a general. It isn't until he comes to Earth that the Little Prince learns the secrets of the importance of life from a Fox (Gene Wilder), a Snake (Bob Fosse), and the pilot.
The Island at the Top of the World
A Victorian gentleman hopes to find his long-lost son, who vanished whilst searching for a mysterious Viking community in a volcanic valley somewhere in uncharted Arctic regions. The gentleman puts together an expedition team to go on the search, but when they reach their destination they must escape from some Viking descendants who will kill to keep their existence a secret.
Through a series of real and imagined encounters with angels, demons, and England's pagan past, a pastor's son begins to question his religion and politics, and comes to terms with his sexuality.
Nightclub singer La Paloma (Ingrid Caven) succumbs to the persistent courting of a chubby rich admirer (Peter Kern) and marries him. Before the marriage, she was thought to be dying, but soon she is well. She believes her husband's love has cured her, but her efforts to love him begin to fade as she discovers true love with her husband's old school friend (Peter Chatel).
A man visiting a museum sees the works of art come to life.
A super-hero uses her powers to thwart an international spy ring.
The Gift of Winter
Long, long ago the world didn't have any snow and winter was a time of wind, darkness and cold. One day a group of kids with a heartfelt cause to transform the season marched to the Ministry of Winter to persuade the all-powerful, icy-hearted Mr.Winter to use his magic and bestow the great gift of snowfall upon the world. It's a gift that makes the season full of wonder and joy, it is The Gift of Winter.
2, 1, 0
An anthology of two highly experimental apocalyptic fantasy dramas with sci-fi and psychological horror elements. Originally intended to comprise a third story, 'Sifr' ['Zero'], directed by Nagi Angelo; the film was banned outright by the Egyptian censor and may not have made its domestic premiere until broadcast on satellite television in November 2012.
A Touch of Genie
Poor Melvin! His meddling mother is making him nuts. His only relief is the covert afternoons he spends at New York's notorious Times Square porn theaters. One day, Melvin discovers a genie in a bottle. What does he wish? To become his favorite porno superstars and indulge in wild sexual adventures with the sexiest women in sex film.
Journey Back to Oz
Revisit the enchanting Land of Oz as Dorothy and Toto return to find the Scarecrow as ruler of the Emerald City. Unfortunately for the new mayor, the wicked Mombi is conspiring to take over the city for herself. With the help of the Tin Woodsman, the Cowardly Lion and other familiar friends, the brave lass from Kansas sets out to save Oz. This animated musical film features an impressive voice cast, including Liza Minnelli and Ethel Merman.
A man and a woman converse at a cafe's bar in this animated short.
Malcolm Shanks is a sad and lonely man, deaf, mute and living with his cruel sister and her husband, who delight in making him miserable. His only pleasure, it seems, is in making and controlling puppets. Thanks to his skill, he is offered a job as a lab assistant to Dr. Walker, who is working on ways to re-animate dead bodies by inserting electrodes at key nerve points and manipulating the bodies as if they were on strings. When the professor suddenly dies one night, Shanks gets the idea to apply their experimental results to a human body, and then to start exacting some revenge.
The Marvelous Visit
One morning, the rector of a small French village comes across a young man, lying unclothed and unconscious on a deserted beach. Intrigued, the rector has the young man carried back to his home. When he awakes the stranger calmly identifies himself as Jean, an angel who has just arrived on Earth. Naturally, the rector doesn’t believe this, but decides to humour the young man. At first, Jean’s arrival in the village causes no upset. He is a harmless soul, full of good intentions and capable of only the kindest deeds. But then the villagers grow wary of him, and this wariness turns to outright hostility when Jean unwittingly causes an accident...
Angel Above - The Devil Below
While reading the "Necronomican" one night, a teenage girl accidentally summons up the Devil. When he tries to have sex with her, she rebuffs him. As punishment, he sees to it that her vagina not only has a mind of its own, but can speak too.
The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast
A project assembled to musically support William Plomer's (1903-73) book of poems called 'The Butterfly Ball and Grasshoppers Feast'; in which Alan Aldridge had provided the illustrations. British Lion had secured the rights, and commissioned Glover, through Tony Edwards (the Deep Purple manager), to add the musical dimension that it required if it were to be made into a 26-part animated cartoon series, suitable for TV. (Discogs) This is the music video for the song Love Is All, performed by Ronnie James Dio.
Pokol - Inferno
Dante goes down to Hell with the guard of Vergilius.
Angel Number 9
Heartless, despicable womanizer is reincarnated as a woman who then falls for a heartless, despicable womanizer.
The Legend of Hillbilly John
A roaming hillbilly, on a quest to defy the Devil, encounters several supernatural characters and does battle with his silver-stringed guitar.
The Love Bus
Dr. Scheisekopf (Jamie Gillis) advises patient Jennifer Jordan (aka Sarah Nicholson) to get away for the weekend. When the bus she travels on crashes, passengers take refuge at crazy Sonny Landham’s country house where all manner of lewd hook-ups occur.
Pinocchio’s Birthday Party
Will the wicked witch spoil Pinocchio's adventure?
The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart
A short animated PSA, starring Tin Woodman from the land of Oz. The Tin Man tells his story of looking for a heart and tells the viewer how to have a healthy heart.
Rama Superman Indonesia
Andi is a newspaper hawker who is honest and kind-hearted. One day he was helping a sick grandfather. The grandfather gave Andi a magical necklace. When the necklace was kissed, Andi turned to Rama who has superhuman strength and can fly. One of the customers of the newspaper Andi is Lia. Lia's father was a professor who invented a new explosive. Black Dragon group trying to steal the explosives formula. Lia and her father helped Rama to capture kingpin Black Dragon. (via Google Translate)
"Luz Externa was one of the most ambitious productions of the Mexican super 8. The script is based on the monologue of Ernesto, a jipiteca machín, who tells a friend of his mystical adventures with his girlfriend [...] What was probably the super 8 film that best portrayed the countercultural world of the first half of the seventies in Mexico was not seen in its time, despite the expectation that its filming caused in the press." - Álvaro Vázquez Mantecón, El Cine Súper 8 en México
Once Upon a Time
We are first presented a cobweb castle, filled with the haunting doubts of the young protagonist. Spirits appear on the screen and are heard on the soundtrack. Gradually a female guide emerges and escorts the young man into an antechamber to another (and possibly higher) world.