Best Fantasy Movies of 1982


E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

7.9/10 IMDB

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Starring: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Erika Eleniak, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, K.C. Martel, David M. O'Dell ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1982-06-11
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Vincent


8.3/10 IMDB

Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams that annoy his mother.

Starring: Vincent Price ..
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1982-10-01

The Snowman

8.2/10 IMDB

A young boy makes a snowman one Christmas Eve, which comes to life at midnight and takes him on a magical adventure to the North Pole to meet Santa Claus.

Starring: David Bowie, Raymond Briggs, Mel Smith, David Bowie, Raymond Briggs ..
Directed by: Dianne Jackson, Jimmy T. Murakami
Release date: 1982-12-26

Conan the Barbarian

6.9/10 IMDB

A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood massacre, Conan is released from slavery and taught the ancient arts of fighting. Transforming himself into a killing machine, Conan travels into the wilderness to seek vengeance on Thulsa Doom, the man responsible for killing his family. In the wilderness, Conan takes up with the thieves Valeria and Subotai. The group comes upon King Osric, who wants the trio of warriors to help rescue his daughter who has joined Doom in the hills.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Max von Sydow, Sandahl Bergman, Cassandra Gava, Ben Davidson, Gerry Lopez, Mako, Valérie Quennessen, William Smith ..
Directed by: John Milius
Release date: 1982-04-02

The Secret of NIMH

7.5/10 IMDB

A widowed field mouse must move her family -- including an ailing son -- to escape a farmer's plow. Aided by a crow and a pack of superintelligent, escaped lab rats, the brave mother struggles to transplant her home to firmer ground.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Elizabeth Hartman, Arthur Malet, Dom DeLuise, Hermione Baddeley, Shannen Doherty, Wil Wheaton, Jodi Hicks, Ian Fried, John Carradine ..
Directed by: Don Bluth
Release date: 1982-06-17

The Last Unicorn

7.3/10 IMDB

From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard.

Starring: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Nellie Bellflower, Don Messick, Keenan Wynn, Robert Klein ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-11-19

The Dark Crystal

7.1/10 IMDB

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal and restore order to his world, before the grotesque race of Skeksis find and use the crystal for evil.

Starring: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Brian Muehl, Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards ..
Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson
Release date: 1982-12-17


6.8/10 IMDB

Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.

Starring: Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, Fritz Weaver, Leslie Nielsen, Carrie Nye, E.G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Stephen King ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1982-11-12

The Beastmaster

6.2/10 IMDB

Dar, is the son of a king, who is hunted by a priest after his birth and grows up in another family. When he becomes a grown man his new father is murdered by savages and he discovers that he has the ability to communicate with the animals, which leads him on his quest for revenge against his father's killers.

Starring: Marc Singer, Tanya Roberts, Rip Torn, John Amos, Joshua Milrad, Rod Loomis, Ben Hammer, Ralph Strait, Billy Jayne, Christine Kellogg ..
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1982-08-16

Cat People

6.2/10 IMDB

After years of separation, Irena and her minister brother, Paul, reunite in New Orleans in this erotic tale of the supernatural. When zoologists capture a wild panther, Irena is drawn to the cat -- and the zoo curator is drawn to her. Soon, Irena's brother will have to reveal the family secret: that when sexually aroused, they turn into predatory jungle cats.

Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Malcolm McDowell, John Heard, Ruby Dee, Ed Begley Jr., Scott Paulin, Frankie Faison, Annette O'Toole, Lynn Lowry, John Larroquette ..
Directed by: Paul Schrader
Release date: 1982-04-02

The Flight of Dragons

7.6/10 IMDB

The realm of magic is being threatened by the realm of logic, so Carolinus, the green wizard decides to shield it for all time. Ommadon, the evil red wizard, stands in his way. Carolinus then calls for a quest that is to be led by a man named Peter Dickinson, who is the first man of both the realms of science and magic. It is Peter's job to defeat Ommadon.

Starring: James Earl Jones, Harry Morgan, John Ritter, James Gregory, Bob McFadden, Alexandra Stoddart, Victor Buono, Nellie Bellflower, Don Messick, Larry Storch ..
Directed by: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr.
Release date: 1982-08-17


6.0/10 IMDB

New York police are bemused by reports of a giant flying lizard that has been spotted around the rooftops of New York, until the lizard starts to eat people. An out-of-work ex-con is the only person who knows the location of the monster's nest and is determined to turn the knowledge to his advantage, but will his gamble pay off or will he end up as lizard food?

Starring: Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, Richard Roundtree, David Carradine, James Dixon, Malachy McCourt, Fred J. Scollay, Peter Hock, Ron Cey, Mary Louise Weller ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1982-09-08
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Best Little Cathouse in Las Vegas

The Best Little Cathouse in Las Vegas

4.5/10 IMDB

An IRS agent audits a Las Vegas cathouse.

Starring: Rhonda Jo Petty, Becky Savage, Gaylene Marie, Misty Dawn, Jerry Davis, Toni Alessandrini, Lisa La Monte, Debbie Truelove, Sweets Gurkin, Charles Antony ..
Directed by: Ray Dennis Steckler, Hal Freeman
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Miss Switch to the Rescue

Miss Switch to the Rescue

7.8/10 IMDB

One dark and stormy night, Rupert is called on by a mysterious stranger who gives him a ship in a bottle...with a tiny living man onboard! He frees the man, who turns out to be the evil warlock, Mordo, who kidnaps Amelia and takes her back in time to 1640. Rupert calls on Miss Switch for help in this new adventure.

Starring: Janet Waldo, Eric Taslitz, Nancy McKeon, Hans Conried, Alan Dinehart, Walker Edmiston, June Foray, Anne Lockhart, Hal Smith, Philip Tanzini ..
Directed by: Charles A. Nichols
Release date: 1982-01-16

Kiss Me Goodbye

5.9/10 IMDB

Not until three years after the death of her husband Jolly, Kay dares to move back into their former home, persuaded by her new fiancée Rupert. But soon her worst expectations come true, when not only her old memories haunt her, but also Jolly's ghost, who doesn't approve of her new mate. Invisible to anyone but Kay, he tries to prevent the wedding.

Starring: Sally Field, James Caan, Jeff Bridges, Claire Trevor, Mildred Natwick, Paul Dooley, Michael Ensign, William Prince, Maryedith Burrell, Bernadette Birkett ..
Directed by: Robert Mulligan
Release date: 1982-12-22

The Sword and the Sorcerer

5.4/10 IMDB

A mercenary with a three-bladed sword rediscovers his royal heritage when he is recruited to help a princess foil a brutal tyrant and a powerful sorcerer's plans to conquer the land.

Starring: Lee Horsley, Richard Lynch, Kathleen Beller, Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis, Richard Moll, Anthony De Longis, Robert Tessier, Nina van Pallandt, Anna Bjorn ..
Directed by: Albert Pyun
Release date: 1982-04-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Puff the Magic Dragon: The Incredible Mr. Nobody

Puff the Magic Dragon: The Incredible Mr. Nobody

7.7/10 IMDB

The magic dragon teaches a boy to believe in his own creative abilities.

Starring: Burgess Meredith, David Mendenhall, Joan Gerber, Bob Holt, Billy Jayne, Diana Dumpis, Hal Smith, Robert Ridgely ..
Directed by: Fred Wolf
Release date: 1982-05-17
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Tale of the Frog Prince

The Tale of the Frog Prince

7.5/10 IMDB

A spoiled, selfish princess's fate becomes entwined with a zany and witty frog with a secret past.

Starring: Robin Williams, Teri Garr, René Auberjonois, Candy Clark, Roberta Maxwell, Michael Richards, Donovan Scott, Charlie Dell, Van Dyke Parks, Eric Idle ..
Directed by: Eric Idle
Release date: 1982-09-11

Arcade Attack

7.3/10 IMDB

Heroes of the Pinball Arcade race to stop the invasion of the Video Game terrors

Starring: Geoff Harvey, Tommy Hogan, Tommy Hogan, Stephen Highfield ..
Directed by: Mike Wallington
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

6.8/10 IMDB

A jet-propelled white rabbit flies through the vulva of a supine woman into a wonderland where people and objects turn inside out, changing shapes and identities at warp speed. Events roughly follow Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland." The caterpillar and the queen make appearances, as does Alice. Images and symbols are often sexual. At the end, Alice asks, "Who has had such a curious dream?"

Directed by: Vince Collins
Release date: 1982-08-11

The Dummy

5.9/10 IMDB

"The Dummy" is a 1982 student film by Louis La Volpe. It was picked up by HBO, USA Network, and Showtime in the early days of cable TV, receiving extensive play for almost ten years, more than any other short film. It was often used as a bumper for horror movies and suspense anthologies like "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." The film was the source of nightmares for a generation of kids watching late night television in the 1980s and inspired the "Child's Play" films.

Starring: Ezra Teitelbaum, Carrie Vickrey ..
Directed by: Louis La Volpe
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All

7.6/10 IMDB

Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov travel to the planet Mongo to fight the evil emperor Ming the Merciless.

Starring: Robert Ridgely, Diane Pershing, Bob Holt, David Opatoshu, Vic Perrin, Melendy Britt, Ted Cassidy, Robert Douglas ..
Directed by: Gwen Wetzler
Release date: 1982-08-21
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Rumpelstiltskin


6.8/10 IMDB

Desperate to save her life, a miller's daughter makes a bargain with a strange character - After which, she must find a way to get out of this dangerous bargain.

Starring: Ned Beatty, Shelley Duvall, Hervé Villechaize, Jack Fletcher, Paul Dooley, Bud Cort ..
Directed by: Emile Ardolino
Release date: 1982-10-16
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Juggler of Notre Dame

The Juggler of Notre Dame

6.9/10 IMDB

A modernized, Americanized version of the story of the juggler who performs before the statue of the Virgin Mary.

Directed by: Michael Ray Rhodes
Release date: 1982-12-05
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Alice at the Palace

Alice at the Palace

5.9/10 IMDB

Meryl Streep stars as Alice in this production of Elizabeth Swados' musical, which was adapted from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Based on the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival production by Joseph Papp, Alice at the Palace follows Alice's surreal adventures with The Mad Hatter, The March Hare, The Queen of Hearts, and The Cheshire Cat, among many others.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Betty Aberlin, Debbie Allen, Richard Cox, Michael Jeter, Mark Linn-Baker, Deborah Rush ..
Directed by: Emile Ardolino, Elizabeth Swados
Release date: 1982-01-16

The Clairvoyant

5.5/10 IMDB

Two uneasy friends, a police officer and a TV talk show host, each pursue the mysterious "handcuff killer" with the aid of an artist who sees - and draws - the killer's crimes before they're committed.

Starring: Perry King, Norman Parker, Elizabeth Kemp, Kenneth McMillan, Jon Polito, Joe Morton, Barbara Quinn, Antone Pagán, Cee Lo Green, Lou Bedford ..
Directed by: Armand Mastroianni
Release date: 1982-10-24


4.4/10 IMDB

To maintain his powers, the evil wizard Traigon must sacrifice his firstborn child to the god Caligara. His wife, however, has other ideas and runs away after giving birth with her twin daughters. Before dying, she hands the girls over to the warrior Krona who promises to raise them as great soldiers. Twenty years later, Traigon returns and begins hunting down his daughters once again. Will the twins, with the help of the Barbarian Erlik and the Viking Baldar, be able to defeat their father?

Starring: Leigh Harris, Lynette Harris, Roberto Nelson, David Millbern, Bruno Rey, Ana De Sade, Roberto Ballesteros, Douglas Sanders, Tony Stevens, Miguel Ángel Fuentes ..
Directed by: Jack Hill
Release date: 1982-03-01

Mazes and Monsters

4.2/10 IMDB

Bound together by a desire to play "Mazes and Monsters," Robbie and his four college classmates decide to move the board game into the local cavern. Robbie loses his mind, and the line between reality and fantasy fuse into a harrowing nightmare.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Wendy Crewson, David Wallace, Chris Makepeace, Lloyd Bochner, Peter Donat, Anne Francis, Murray Hamilton, Vera Miles, Louise Sorel ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1982-12-27
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Magic Journeys

Magic Journeys

8.8/10 IMDB

Magic Journeys is a 3D film created by WED Enterprises for presentation at Disney theme parks. Originally shown at the Imagination Pavilion at Disney's EPCOT Center in Florida, it featured at four different parks in the US and Japan over the course of its 11-year run.

Directed by: Murray Lerner
Release date: 1982-10-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Young Doctors In Lust

Young Doctors In Lust

7.0/10 IMDB

At an exclusive sex therapy clinic for women, three sexually frustrated patients are given treatments that are as unusual as they are effective.

Starring: John Leslie, Paul Thomas, Holly McCall, Chris Cassidy, Sharon Kane, Annette, T.J. Carson, Valerie Darlyn, Don Fernando, Mike Horner ..
Directed by: Charles Webb, Darr Michaels
Release date: 1982-01-01

The Eyes of the Amaryllis

7.1/10 IMDB

In 1880, a little girl is sent to Nantucket Island to live with her grandmother. She discovers, however, that her grandmother is an odd woman who has some strange habits, one of which is keeping a vigil for a lover of many years ago who went out to sea one day and never returned.

Starring: Ruth Ford, Martha Byrne, Guy Boyd, Jonathan Bolt ..
Directed by: Frederick King Keller
Release date: 1982-08-20


6.8/10 IMDB

A young working class man dreams of fighting crime as costumed hero Nightrider. An enigmatic young woman just might help him on his quest.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Koo Stark, Suzie Cerys, Doreen Keogh, Jim Dowdall, Gareth Milne ..
Directed by: Martin Holland
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Stations


6.2/10 IMDB

Stations is an enigmatic, hauntingly vivid work, in which Wilson envisions the daydreams and fantasies of an eleven-year-old boy as a universe both magical and sinister. Resonating with Wilson's precise visual stylization, the tape's pivotal image is a young boy looking through a large window in the kitchen of his home, which becomes the portal for his dramatic, often startling inner fantasies. Fire, metal, wind, glass and water, among other elements, serve as points of departure for a series of elegant pictorial compositions and evocative metaphors. Unfolding without dialogue or spoken language, Wilson's indelible visions articulate the fear and mystery of the internal life of a child, and his relation to the outside world.

Directed by: Robert Wilson
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Guthrie Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

The Guthrie Theater Presents A Christmas Carol

5.0/10 IMDB

Televised production based on Charles Dickens' novella.

Starring: Marshall Borden, Catherine Burns, Oliver Cliff, Stephen D'Ambrose, Jonathan Fuller, Sara Hennessy, Richard Hilger, Paul Laksso, Chuck Bailey, John Lewin ..
Directed by: Paul Miller
Release date: 1982-12-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : When I Am King

When I Am King

5.4/10 IMDB

Two children move to a dream world of magicians, witches and an evil Gypsy.

Starring: Stuart Whitman, Paul L. Smith, Aldo Ray ..
Directed by: Wanda Appleton
Release date: 1982-07-08
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Ghost Rider

Ghost Rider

5.5/10 IMDB

Kevin, feeling very sad and lonely after spending his first day in a new junior high school, meets a young girl on his bus ride home who drops a pencil and suddenly disappears. Is this mysterious young girl the ghost of a girl who died on a bus years before? And why is she so adamant that Kevin learns bus safety rules?

Starring: Doug Edmunds, Wendy Taylor, Gary Abdullah, Debra Thompson, W. Clair King ..
Directed by: Chuck Ungar
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Strasek, der Vampir

Strasek, der Vampir

5.0/10 IMDB

Serbia, in the year 1910: Milena Strasek has lived with her 12-year-old son Stefan in a small village since the father abandoned the family shortly after Stefan was born. Many years of uncertainty concerning the man’s whereabouts have taken their toll: Milena Strasek falls seriously ill and dies, leaving her son alone in the empty house. The father appears the following night. He has come to take his son, but Stefan refuses to go with him. It is a fateful encounter, changing Stefan for the rest of his life.

Starring: Francois Aubry, Francois Aubry ..
Directed by: Theodor Boder
Release date: 1982-01-01

World of Magic

1.1/10 IMDB

Starring: Billy Crystal, Orson Welles, Doug Henning ..
Directed by: Walter C. Miller
Release date: 1982-02-14
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Dark Crystal (Restored Early Version)

The Dark Crystal (Restored Early Version)

0.0/10 IMDB

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American-British fantasy-adventure film famous for its use of puppets and puppets alone, without any characters played onscreen by human actors. When the film was originally finished, the studio ran test audiences to gather in reactions. Due to most of the audience being families with small children (alienated by the film's content), those test audience reviews were negative. Against Jim Henson's wishes, approximately 20 minutes of film were cut, and re-written dialogue and monologues added to make the film more clear to a broader audience. This is a fan recreation of Jim Henson's original film, using as many high quality sources as possible.

Release date: 1982-12-10

The Curse of Fred Astaire

0.0/10 IMDB

Modern Faust story of a tall, overweight man who longs to be a tap-dancer.

Starring: Kelly Piper, Alan Brooks, Byron Thomas, Clark Piper, Clio Young, mary jennings, Jill Larson ..
Directed by: Mark Berger
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Voyage of Odysseus

The Voyage of Odysseus

0.0/10 IMDB

The voyage section of Homer's classic tale is retold by the voice of a muse, actor Julie Harris, who recalls the essence of the adventure. A remarkable visual experience that captures the mythic quality of the ancient story.

Starring: Julie Harris, Dick Rardin, David Combs ..
Directed by: Pieter van Deusen, Leah Miller
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Pleasure Dome

Pleasure Dome

0.0/10 IMDB

A young woman gets hold of a magic mask, and it brings her back to her previous life in the Middle Ages as a sorceress, in which she seduces knights, maidens and various combinations of both.

Starring: Maria Tortuga, Ken Starbuck, Drea, Jennifer West, Lee Caroll, Jeff Conrad, William Margold ..
Directed by: Dinin Dicimino
Release date: 1982-12-26
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : The Golden Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales

The Golden Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales

0.0/10 IMDB

Story is told by George Cole and Sheila Hancock ; adapted by Milton Subotsky from the original stories by Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault. Contains Puss in Boots, The Ugly Duckling, Rapunzel, The Four Musicians, The Emperor's New Clothes and The Princess And The Pea

Starring: George Cole, Sheila Hancock ..
Release date: 1982-01-19
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Rubbish


0.0/10 IMDB

A young boy creates a world of puppet friends using pieces of rubbish found in the street.

Starring: Richard Bradshaw, Helen Glad, Eleanor Wilcombe, Ross Hill, Marguerite Pepper, Kim Royle, Ross Browning, Allan Highfield, Jude Kuring, Peter Seaborn ..
Directed by: David E. Perry
Release date: 1982-01-01
Best Fantasy Movies of 1982 : Skin Deep

Skin Deep

0.0/10 IMDB

Rhonda Jo Petty stars in a behind the scenes look into the life of a porn star when the cameras aren't rolling. From a wild pool party attended by real-life "Miss World Burlesque", to showing an eager, young ingenue a few tricks of the trade, Petty displays the goods that made her one of the most popular smut-queens of her time.

Starring: Rhonda Jo Petty, Darling Darla, Toni Alessandrini, John Colt, Charles Antony, Debbie Truelove, Jerry Davis, Tommy Drake, Kelly Guthrie, Carolyn Brandt ..
Directed by: Ray Dennis Steckler
Release date: 1982-01-01

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