Best Fantasy Movies of 1974


Phantom of the Paradise

7.3/10 IMDB

Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After Swan has Winslow sent to prison for trespassing, Winslow endures a freak accident that leaves him disfigured, after which he seeks revenge on both Swan and the Paradise.

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling, Jennifer Ashley, Janit Baldwin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1974-10-31


5.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Sean Connery, Charlotte Rampling, Sara Kestelman, John Alderton, Sally Anne Newton, Niall Buggy, Bosco Hogan, Jessica Swift, Bairbre Dowling, Christopher Casson ..
Directed by: John Boorman
Release date: 1974-02-06

From Beyond the Grave

6.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Peter Cushing, David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Ian Ogilvy, Ian Carmichael, Lesley-Anne Down, Ian Bannen, Diana Dors, Margaret Leighton, Nyree Dawn Porter ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1974-02-21

Herbie Rides Again

5.7/10 IMDB

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Starring: Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, John McIntire, Keenan Wynn, Chuck McCann, Huntz Hall, Ivor Barry, Dan Tobin, Vito Scotti ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1974-02-12

The Land That Time Forgot

5.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Doug McClure, John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron, Anthony Ainley, Godfrey James, Bobby Parr, Declan Mulholland, Colin Farrell, Ben Howard ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1974-08-13

The Little Prince

6.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Richard Kiley, Steven Warner, Bob Fosse, Gene Wilder, Donna McKechnie, Joss Ackland, Clive Revill, Victor Spinetti, Graham Crowden ..
Directed by: Stanley Donen
Release date: 1974-11-06

The Island at the Top of the World

6.2/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Donald Sinden, David Hartman, Jacques Marin, Mako, David Gwillim, Agneta Eckemyr, Sverre Anker Ousdal, Gunnar Öhlund, Lasse Kolstad, Erik Silju ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1974-12-16
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Penda's Fen

Penda's Fen

7.2/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Spencer Banks, Georgine Anderson, Ron Smerczak, Ian Hogg, John Atkinson, Jennie Heslewood, Graham Leaman, Christopher Douglas, John Richmond, Ivor Roberts ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1974-03-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : La Paloma

La Paloma

6.8/10 IMDB

Nightclub singer La Paloma succumbs to the persistent courting of a chubby rich admirer 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.

Starring: Ingrid Caven, Peter Kern, Peter Chatel, Bulle Ogier, Barbet Schroeder ..
Directed by: Daniel Schmid
Release date: 1974-08-28
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Closed Mondays

Closed Mondays

6.6/10 IMDB

A man visiting a museum sees the works of art come to life.

Starring: Todd Oleson, Holly Johnson ..
Directed by: Bob Gardiner, Will Vinton
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Gift of Winter

The Gift of Winter

6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Gilda Radner, Dan Aykroyd, Valri Bromfield, Gerry Salsberg ..
Directed by: John Leach, Isobel Jean Rankin
Release date: 1974-01-01

2, 1, 0

6.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Youssef Fakhr El Din, Saleh El Eskankarani, Samir Ghanem, Nasreen, Naima El Soghier, Salah Zulfikar ..
Directed by: Muhammad Fadil, Nagi Angelo
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

4.6/10 IMDB

A super-hero uses her powers to thwart an international spy ring.

Starring: Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Ricardo Montalban, Charlene Holt, Anitra Ford, Richard X. Slattery, Jordan Rhodes, Donna Garrett ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1974-03-12
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : A Touch of Genie

A Touch of Genie

5.1/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Chris Jordan, Douglas Stone, Tina Russell, Harry Reems, Marc Stevens, Ultramax, Harding Harrison, Levi Richards, Eric Edwards, Lynn Stevens ..
Directed by: Joseph W. Sarno
Release date: 1974-05-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Café Bar

Café Bar

5.8/10 IMDB

A man and a woman converse at a cafe's bar in this animated short.

Directed by: Alison De Vere
Release date: 1974-01-01

Journey Back to Oz

5.7/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Liza Minnelli, Milton Berle, Ethel Merman, Paul Lynde, Margaret Hamilton, Mickey Rooney, Herschel Bernardi, Paul Ford, Margaret Hamilton, Jack E. Leonard ..
Directed by: Hal Sutherland
Release date: 1974-12-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Marvelous Visit

The Marvelous Visit

5.4/10 IMDB

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...

Starring: Gilles Kohler, Roland Lesaffre, Debra Berger, Mary Marquet, Lucien Barjon, Yves Barsacq, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Jacques Debary, Jean Le Mouël, Jeanne Pérez ..
Directed by: Marcel Carné
Release date: 1974-11-27


5.5/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Marcel Marceau, Tsilla Chelton, Philippe Clay, Cindy Eilbacher, Biff Manard, Helena Kallianiotes, Larry Bishop, Don Calfa, Phil Adams, Read Morgan ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1974-10-09
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Angel Above - The Devil Below

Angel Above - The Devil Below

4.8/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Linda York, Robert Bedford, Starlyn Simone, Rene Bond, John Keith, Robbie Roberson, John Barnum, Chesley Noone, Maria Arnold, Lamar Gilbert ..
Directed by: Dominic Bolla
Release date: 1974-12-27

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast

6.9/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Lee Mishkin
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Pokol - Inferno

Pokol - Inferno

6.2/10 IMDB

Dante goes down to Hell with the guard of Vergilius.

Starring: Imre Sinkovits, György Bánffy, Nóra Káldi ..
Directed by: András Rajnai
Release date: 1974-11-25
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Angel Number 9

Angel Number 9

6.3/10 IMDB

Heartless, despicable womanizer is reincarnated as a woman who then falls for a heartless, despicable womanizer.

Starring: Darby Lloyd Rains, Jamie Gillis, Jennifer Jordan, Marc Stevens, Alan Marlow, Eric Edwards, John Buco, Day Jason, Sandy Foxx, Judy Craven ..
Directed by: Roberta Findlay
Release date: 1974-11-19


6.2/10 IMDB

Four children want to invite their friends to a picnic, but they don't know how to use the telephone. Suddenly, the room goes dark and the phone becomes large enough for them to climb into. They walk through a tunnel and meet a man named Telly, who takes them into the world of Telezonia, where they are shown various kinds of telephones. They meet several costumed characters, such as Question Mark, who teaches them how to answer the phone; Q and Z, who show them how to use the phone book; and Exclamation Point, who teaches them how to place a call. By the time they leave Telezonia, they are full-fledged telephone users.

Starring: Robert Towers, Robert Ellenstein, Robert Hoffman, Robin Muir, Tony Dickson, Allan Reyes, Dale Morse, Roy Stuart, Sharon Berryhill, Elizabeth Berger ..
Directed by: Eric Karson
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Legend of Hillbilly John

The Legend of Hillbilly John

5.8/10 IMDB

A roaming hillbilly, on a quest to defy the Devil, encounters several supernatural characters and does battle with his silver-stringed guitar.

Starring: Hedges Capers, Severn Darden, Susan Strasberg, Percy Rodriguez, Denver Pyle, R. G. Armstrong, Harris Yulin, Sharon Henesy, Sidney Clute, William Traylor ..
Directed by: John Newland
Release date: 1974-02-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Love Bus

The Love Bus

5.6/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Jennifer Jordan, Day Jason, Rita Davis, Jamie Gillis, Marc Stevens, Sonny Landham, Linda Lovemore, Shaun Costello, Judith Hamilton, Leo Lovemore ..
Directed by: Shaun Costello
Release date: 1974-11-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Pinocchio’s Birthday Party

Pinocchio’s Birthday Party

4.0/10 IMDB

Will the wicked witch spoil Pinocchio's adventure?

Directed by: Ron Merk
Release date: 1974-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart

The Adventures of a Man in Search of a Heart

0.0/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Ron Marshall ..
Directed by: Myron Waldman, Joel Herron
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : The Boy and the Cat

The Boy and the Cat

0.0/10 IMDB

The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.

Directed by: Sheila Graber
Release date: 1974-12-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : A Touch of Genie

A Touch of Genie

0.0/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Joseph W. Sarno
Release date: 1974-05-23
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Rama Superman Indonesia

Rama Superman Indonesia

0.0/10 IMDB

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)

Starring: August Melasz, Jenny Rachman, Boy Shahlani, Djauhari Effendi, Godfried Sancho, Bambang Hermanto ..
Directed by: Frans Totok Ars
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Luz Externa

Luz Externa

0.0/10 IMDB

"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

Directed by: José Agustín
Release date: 1974-03-08
Best Fantasy Movies of 1974 : Once Upon a Time

Once Upon a Time

7.1/10 IMDB

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.

Directed by: Lawrence Jordan
Release date: 1974-03-14

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