The 1980s were a special time for some reasons. We had neon-hued clothes, synthesizer music, huge hair, enormous shoulder pads and the Rubik’s Cube. Add to the rundown of 1980s are the fantasy movies that were genuinely marvellous and unusual. So, we have here for you, the 10 best fantasy movies from the 1980s.
10. Labyrinth (1986)
Prominent for featuring singer David Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King, Labyrinth was a hit when released in1986 summers. The motion picture focuses on a 15-year-old young lady named Sarah (on-screen character Jennifer Connelly) who inadvertently wishes her baby half-brother, Toby, away to the Goblin King Jareth. As it is, the Goblin King is for real and he wants to keep Toby unless Sarah discovers her way through an unsafe Labyrinth in 13 hours. This film has not matured well, and instead of resembling a goblin or a lord, David Bowie looks more like a mid-1980s rocker in skin tight spandex pants, a leather jacket and highly teased hair. Labyrinth includes a great deal of puppets that, when contrasted with today’s CGI effects, resemble, well, puppets. Fascinating that both George Lucas of Star Wars popularity and Jim Henson who made the Muppets were included in making this motion picture.
9. Legend (1985)
This film features a youthful Tom Cruise and was directed by Ridley Scott. The film is about an evil spirit, played by on-screen character Tim Curry, who wants to create eternal darkness by annihilating the last of the unicorns and wedding a fairy princess. Tom Cruise plays a forest kid named Jack who battles against the devil with assistance from his elven allies. The movie contains a hip synthesizer-fuelled soundtrack by the synth-pop group called Tangerine Dream. It also features a considerable measure of cloven-hoofed kids brandishing bows and arrows. This is not a film that surfaces a great deal when individuals discuss Tom Cruise’s profession.
8. The Dark Crystal (1982)
The Dark Crystal is a dream film that released in 1982 and was made totally with puppets. It was Co-directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz (who’s the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies). The Dark Crystal is set on a far off planet in the distant past, where a race of creatures known as Gelfling set out on a journey to locate the missing shard of an enchanted crystal which is predicted to re-establish their world. The Dark Crystal additionally highlights an evil race of abnormal birdlike lizards called the Skeksis, who govern their planet with an iron claw, and peace-adoring wizards called the Mystics. All are puppets in the hands of Jim Henson and group. It is an abnormal yet intriguing fantasy film.
7. The NeverEnding Story (1984)
A lawyer on the TV show called The Simpsons once sued the creators of The NeverEnding Story for false promotions. As it is, the film does end. What’s more, it’s about a young boy named Bastian who is being tortured by bullies at school. The film demonstrates how Bastian escapes into a book shop where the owner reveals an ancient storybook to him, which he is cautioned can be risky. Not long after he acquires the book and starts to read it in the school loft, Bastian is drawn into the legendary place called Fantasia. This urgently needs a hero to save it from destruction. Loaded with princesses, manors, white horses, trolls and heaps of smoke and fog, The NeverEnding Story is one of the best fantasy movies from the 1980s.
6. Dragonslayer (1981)
A Walt Disney film, 1981’s Dragonslayer is about a young wizard’s apprentice who is sent to execute a malevolent dragon who has been eating young girls in a close-by kingdom. This is because their ruler has made an agreement with the dragon where he yields virgins to it. In any case, when the king’s daughter is next on the dragon’s menu, he enlists an old wizard and the young disciple to execute the dragon. This film has it all; lords, knights, a dragon, a princess and a lot of wizard enchantment. Furthermore, it has a sincerity that accompanies the Disney family and a lot of synthesizer music as well.
5. Excalibur (1981)
The legend of King Arthur and the wizard Merlin are given the full ’80s treatment in this 1981 movie. This was directed by John Boorman. It featured various outstanding British actors, like, Patrick Stewart, Liam Neeson, Helen Mirren and Gabriel Byrne. This is the King Arthur motion picture for the MTV era. Loaded with music video lighting, blowing smoke, shoulder pads, permed hair and a lot of blasts that appear unexpectedly, this film is for diehard fanatics of the fantasy genre. There is frozen ice and lasers that appear to shoot out at whenever the relentless sword Excalibur is utilized. In spite of the fact that the motion picture has not matured well throughout the years, it ought to be viewed as a relic from another time. Some great battle sequences redeem the motion picture.
4. The Beastmaster (1982)
The slogan for this fantasy creation is “Born with the courage of an eagle, the strength of a black tiger, and the power of a God.” This 1982 movie stars Marc Singer as Dar, The Beastmaster who can converse with and control creatures. Dar, who is the child of a king, is chased by a malevolent priest after his birth. He is then sent to grow up in another family for his own safety. When he turns into a man, Dar realizes that his new father is killed by savages. Understanding that he can speak with creatures, Dar embarks to locate the detestable priest on a mission for revenge. Notwithstanding having every one of the trappings of a 1980s fantasy film, which includes horse, swords, wizards, a princess and hairspray, this motion picture additionally includes a panther. It also has on-screen character Marc Singer spend the whole motion picture in a loincloth a la Tarzan. Be that as it may, The Beastmaster has built up fan following and brought forth two spin-offs and a TV series, all of which featured Marc Singer.
3. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
You can’t make this rundown without including the first Conan motion picture. Featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger as Conan the Barbarian, this film is basically an origin story that annals the ascent of Conan from a feeble boy to a revengeful savage warrior. He wants to get even with the detestable magician who slaughtered his parents and the entire tribe. Additionally featuring James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader) as the sorcerer and with a screenplay by Oliver Stone (Platoon and JFK), this motion picture is one of the best of the 1980s fantasy movies. It even shows James Earl Jones’ character change into a massive snake, and has a lot of ladies clad in aerobic gear to keep things fascinating. Furthermore, there are some vintage WWF wrestling moves in the film, including flying suplexes and figure fours. Magnificent!
2. Clash Of The Titans (1981)
It’s the most epic of the 1980s fantasy movies and still the best. The first Clash of the Titans highlights winged pegasuses, witches, creatures from the ocean and a mechanical owl. The film stars acclaimed British actor Sir Laurence Olivier (who was awarded an Oscar for playing Hamlet) as the God Zeus, and a young pre-L.A. Law Harry Hamlin as the principle character Perseus. The motion picture is about how Perseus unwittingly annoys the ocean goddess Thetis after he falls in love with Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis’ son. Perseus must embrace one quest after another in the film, with Zeus helping him en route. The first motion picture is far better than the 2010 remake featuring on-screen character Sam Worthington. The first Clash of the Titans is described as “An Epic Entertainment Spectacular.” What’s more, it truly is.
1. Krull (1983)
Krull is a film that must be seen to be accepted. Think “Knights versus Aliens.” It’s about a prince and a partnership of companions who set out to save the prince’s lady from a fortress of alien trespassers who have touched base on their home planet. Krull has it all to say the least; it has horses, swords, aliens, lasers, a one-eyed cyclop and a peculiar weapon that resembles a hybrid of a starfish and a Ninja throwing star. This film is an immaculate 1980s fantasy and was an average hit when released in the late spring of 1983. Crowds got the chance to see it in a twofold bill at the drive-in alongside Superman 3. Featuring a cast of unknown faces except for Liam Neeson in a supporting role, Krull has its very own existence among 1980s fans and fantasy fans. It’s really an epic bit of pop culture.