10. The Dark Crystal (1982): From Jim Henson, the guy who brought you the Muppets. It’s a fun and somewhat dark film that has become a cult classic over the years. Prophecies lead to battles leading to a happy ending. Need I say more?
9. Splash (1984): Tom Hanks stars as a business man who falls for the beautiful Daryll Hannah… who happens to be a mermaid who saved him from drowning when he was a kid. Sweet and romantic, but also pretty funny, Splash is fun for all ages… well kinda.
8. The Witches of Eastwick (1987): What’s not to love about Susan Sarandon, Michelle Phiffer and Cher all falling for The Devil and then wreaking some havoc? There’s humor, thrills and a great performance by Mr. Jack Nicholson as Daryl Van Horne. It’s worth it if you like Nicholson, but you have to suffer through some of Cher’s acting.
7. Beetlejuice (1988): Tim Burton really put himself on the map with this screwy comedy about a couple who dies and realizes they have to haunt their own house in order to get out it’s new occupants! Alec Baldwin (back when he was a real looker), Gina Davis and Winona Ryder give wonderful performances, but it’s Michael Keaton who steals the show as the title character, a greasy, disgusting ghoul who makes everyone’s life (or after life) a little harder than it should be when his name is called three times. It’s a barrel of fun and it’s well worth it.
6. Little Monsters (1989): Fred Savage is Brian, a kid who, for some reason, seems to be getting into quite a bit of trouble lately, but it isn’t until he switches rooms with his little brother that he finds out why. Howie Mandell is Maurice, the monster who is causing all of Brian’s problems, and the best friend Brian will ever have. The film is a must see, recommended strongly, not for the effects, which were admittedly not so great, but for the story of friendship and the laughs. While I dont recommend it for viewers who are younger than six, it’s still pretty family friendly.
5.Clash of the Titans (1981): One of the best classic fantasy’s EVER made, Clash of the Titans was recently remade to suit today’s audience. While the graphics in the older version are, lets face it, crap, the actors, story and fun are much more justified. It’s a classic film, something everyone older than 20 should see at least once so they can feel even remotely cultured.
4.Gremlins (1984): This movie will either entertain your socks off or scar you for life. For this reviewer, it was both. The movie is about a teen who gets a pet mogwai ( a weird Ferbie lookin’ thing) and breaks all of its care for rules and guidelines, causing it to multiply and breed weirder mogwais that only want to wreak havoc. Fun right? It’s a recommended film because of the humor and the pop culture value.
3. Labyrinth (1986): Yet another film on this list by the great Jim Henson, Labyrinth is worth watching just to see the spectacle that is David Bowie in bedazzled outfits, a frosted mullet, and a codpeice. That’s right, ladies and gentleman, I said a codpeice. David Bowie also did the music for this particular film, so you know it will be….okay mostly awful, but it’s a wonderful fantasy movie with a pretty decent story.
2. The Princess Bride (1987): This is one of my favorite films of all time. It has everything a person could want in a movie! Romance, comedy, action, torture, and even a bit of suspense. The film stars Robin Wright, Cary Elwiss, Mandy Patinkin, Andre the Giant, Cris Sarandon, Fred Savage and Peter Falk, among others. The film even has a random cameo from Billy Crystal!! I know, totally out of place, but hey, the film is so worth seeing, I’m putting it at number 2 on my list of MUST SEE movies.
But my Number ONE must see movie is:
1. Legend(1985): This film was not a notable success in theaters, but it has become such a great cult classic. The film stars Tom Cruise (before he turned into a whack job) and Mia Sara (Ferris Bueller’s Girlfriend) as Jack and Lily, a forest boy and a princess, who have to fight against the Lord of Darkness, played by the ever wonderful Tim Curry, who was PERFECT for the role. The film has goblins, demons, fairies and unicorns, but it isn’t one of those movies you want to show to your seven year old. This movie is DARK. But the story is amazing, the cast is wonderful and the make up was so good that it won an Academy Award. It’s worth seeing more than once.
So there you have it movie goers. There’s my list of the Top 10 Fantasy films from the 80s that you absolutely MUST see if you haven’t already and if you have, well, watch them again.
This is the Film Fanatic, signing off, saying See You On the Silver Screen