Best Fantasy Movies of 1979

1.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

This emmy award winner for Best Animated Special is based on the first tale of C.S. Lewis' acclaimed children's books, "The Chronicles of Narnia." When four children pass through a special wardrobe closet, they discover the kingdom of Narnia, a land of talking animals and mythical creatures. But an evil witch's spell has cast Narnia into eternal winter. Fearing that an ancient prophecy has come true, and that the children are Narnia's chosen rulers, the witch tricks their youngest brother into betraying his family. Now, only Aslan, noble lion and King of the Woods, can help them defeat the witch, restore springtime to Narnia... and claim their rightful places on the throne.

Starring: Simon Adams, Sheila Hancock, Arthur Lowe, Leo McKern, Victor Spinetti ..
Directed by: Bill Melendez
Release date: 1979-03-31
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July
2.

Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives Frosty's family magic amulets to keep them from melting until the Fourth of July so that Frosty and Rudolph can help Lilly's circus and Milton can marry his girlfriend on the high-wire, and Santa will use his sleigh to make sure everybody gets back to the North Pole in time...which leaves Winterbolt alone at the North Pole on the Fourth...

Starring: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Alan Sues, Jackie Vernon, Shelley Winters, Paul Frees, Billie Mae Richards, Harold Peary, Shelby Flint ..
Directed by: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass
Release date: 1979-07-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Heavenly Desire
3.

Heavenly Desire

3.0
6.7/10 IMDB

In 1879 Wild West California, prostitute Mary Lou and her friend Rosebud are accidentally gunned down after witnessing the death of Mary Lou's dim-witted lover Ralph. 100 years later, the Devil recruits the limbo-state souls of Mary Lou and Rosebud to return to their brothel, now a Los Angeles college sorority, to try to bring two newcomers to the place, Ellen and Sue, to make them lose their virginity to their boyfriends in order for them to gain access into swinging Hell.

Starring: Johnny Harden, Mike Ranger, Jamie Gillis, Johnnie Keyes, Jon Martin, Michael O'Leary, Serena, Seka, Hillary Summers, Dani Williams ..
Directed by: Jourdan Alexander
Release date: 1979-06-27
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Casper's First Christmas
4.

Casper's First Christmas

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, Huckleberry Hound and more Hanna-Barbera characters get lost and decide to spend Christmas by vising Casper, the friendly ghost. But soon they encounter a not-so-friendly ghost.

Release date: 1979-12-18
5.

The Wizard of Speed and Time

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

In the original short film, a young man in a green wizard costume runs throughout America at super speed, much like the superhero The Flash. Along the way, he gives a pretty girl a swift lift to another city, gives golden stars to other women who want a trip themselves. He then slips on a banana peel and comically crashes into a film stage, which he then brings to life in magical ways.

Starring: Mike Jittlov, Toni Handcock ..
Directed by: Mike Jittlov
Release date: 1979-12-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Schalcken the Painter
6.

Schalcken the Painter

2.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Can Schalcken save his love, Rose, from the clutches of a ghastly suitor before it is too late?

Starring: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin, Anne Tirard, Anthony Sharp, Val Penny, Roy Evans, Eric Francis, Charles Gray ..
Directed by: Leslie Megahey
Release date: 1979-12-22
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Serena: An Adult Fairy Tale
7.

Serena: An Adult Fairy Tale

2.7
4.4/10 IMDB

A retelling of the Cinderella story with a kinky adult twist, as the heroine gets sold into prostitution by her evil stepfather.

Starring: Serena, China Leigh, Jamie Gillis, Valerie Darlyn, Dorothy LeMay, Natasha Raphael, Marlene Munroe, Paul Thomas, Blair Harris, Gary Baron ..
Directed by: Fred J. Lincoln
Release date: 1979-11-30
8.

Arabian Adventure

2.5
5.8/10 IMDB

An evil caliph (Christopher Lee) offers his daughter’s hand in marriage to a prince if he can complete a perilous quest for a magical rose. Helped by a young boy and a magic carpet, Prince Hasan (Oliver Tobias), has to overcome genies, fire breathing monsters and treacherous swamps to reach his prize and claim the hand of the Princess Zuleira (Emma Samms).

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mickey Rooney, Oliver Tobias, John Ratzenberger, Milo O’Shea, Emma Samms, Puneet Sira, Capucine, John Wyman ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1979-07-08
9.

Unidentified Flying Oddball

2.2
5.3/10 IMDB

A NASA spacecraft proves Einstein right when, travelling faster than light, it ends up near King Arthur's Camelot. On board are big-hearted Tom Trimble and Hermes, the look-alike robot he built. Tom immediately makes friends with pretty Alisande and enemies with the awful knight Sir Nordred. It seems Nordred is out to oust Arthur, while Alisande's father is not the goose she believes him to be but is also a victim of Nordred's schemes. It's as well the Americans have arrived.

Starring: Jim Dale, Kenneth More, Ron Moody, John Le Mesurier, Rodney Bewes, Dennis Dugan, Pat Roach, Sheila White ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1979-07-10
Best Fantasy Movies of 1979 : Ravagers
10.

Ravagers

2.0
4.6/10 IMDB

In a post-apocalyptic world divided between two groups called the Flockers and the Ravagers, an adventurer and his "pleasure girl" try to find their way to a rumored safe haven called the Land of Genesis.

Starring: Richard Harris, Ernest Borgnine, Ann Turkel, Art Carney, Anthony James, Woody Strode, Alana Stewart, Seymour Cassel, Brian Carney, Kim Crow ..
Directed by: Richard Compton
Release date: 1979-05-01

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