Fantasy 1970-1979 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 72

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

A Chronology of Fantasy Film Posters 1970-1979.

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When Dinosaur's Ruled the Earth (1970)
When Dinosaur's Ruled the Earth (1970)

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970) Directed by Val Guest. 96mins.

Victoria Vetri - Sanna
Robin Hawdon - Tara

Also starring Patrick Allen, Drewe Henley, Sean Caffrey and Imogen Hassall.

Produced by the Hammer Studios and filmed in the Canary Islands.

Oscar Nomination for Special Visual Effects.

IMDB rating 5.0

Creatures the World Forgot (1971)
Creatures the World Forgot (1971)



Creatures the World Forgot (1971) Directed by Don Chaffey. 92mins.

Starring Julie Ege, Brian O'Shaughnessy, Tony Bonner, Robin John, Marcia Fox and Rosalie Crutchley.

Produced by Hammer Studios, exteriors filmed in South Africa.

IMDB rating 4.4

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971) Directed by Robert Stevenson. 117mins (139mins)

Angela Lansbury - Eglantine Price
David Tomlinson - Emelius Browne

Also starring Roddy McDowall, Sam Jaffe, John Ericson and Bruce Forsyth.

Based on the children's books The Magic Bed Knob (1943) and Bonfires and Broomsticks (1945) by Mary Norton.

Nominated for 5 Oscars winning 1 - Best Special Effects.

Cost $20m - Box Office $17.8m (US)

IMDB rating 6.8

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)


Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Directed by Mel Stuart. 100mins.

Gene Wilder - Willy Wonka

Also starring Jack Albertson, Peter Ostrum, Roy Kinnear, Julie Dawn Cole and Leonard Stone.

Based on the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, first published in 1964.

Cost $2.9m - Box Office $4m (US)

IMDB rating 7.8

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)
The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)


The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972) Directed by Lionel Jeffries. 99mins.

Laurence Naismith - Mr. Blunden

Also starring Lynne Frederick, Garry Miller, Rosalyn Landor, Marc Granger and Diana Dors.

Based on the novel The Ghosts by Antonia Barber, first published in 1969.

Tagline - Follow him into fun, fantasy & fright -- he's a time-traveling ghost who's often out of sight.

IMDB rating 6.8

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Spanish poster
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Spanish poster

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Directed by Gordon Hessler. 105mins.

John Phillip Law - Sinbad
Caroline Munro - Margiana
Tom Baker - Koura

Also starring Douglas Wilmer, Martin Shaw and Kurt Christian.

Excellent stop-motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Christopher Lee was considered for the role of Koura.

Golden Scroll Award (Harryhausen) by the Academy of SF, Fantasy and Horror Films.

National Board of Review - Special Citation - Outstanding Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.7

The Island at the Top of the World (1974)
The Island at the Top of the World (1974)

The Island at the Top of the World (1974) Directed by Robert Stevenson. 93mins.

Donald Sinden - Sir Anthony Ross
David Hartman - Prof. Ivarsson

Also starring Jacques Marin, Mako, David Gwillim and Agneta Eckemyr.

Based on the novel The Lost Ones by Ian Cameron, first published in 1961.

Oscar Nomination for Best Art Direction.

IMDB rating 6.1

Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Herbie Rides Again (1974)



Herbie Rides Again (1974) Directed by Robert Stevenson. 88mins.

Starring Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, John McIntire and Keenan Wynn.

Sequel to The Love Bug (1968).

Box Office - $38.2m

IMDB rating 5.4

Doc Savage - The Man of Bronze (1975)
Doc Savage - The Man of Bronze (1975)


Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) Directed by Michael Anderson. 100mins.

Ron Ely - Clark 'Doc' Savage Jr.

Also starring Paul Gleason, William Lucking, Michael Miller, Eldon Quick, Pamela Hensley and Paul Wexler as Capt. Seas.

Produced by George Pal and based on characters created by Lester Dent.

A box office dud. A proposed sequel "Doc Savage - Arch-Enemy of Evil" was scrapped.

IMDB rating 5.1

The Land That Time Forgot (1975)
The Land That Time Forgot (1975)

The Land That Time Forgot (1975) Directed by Kevin Connor. 90mins

Doug McClure - Bowen Tyler

Also starring John McEnery, Susan Penhaligon, Keith Barron, Anthony Ainley and Godfrey James.

Based on the novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first published in 1918.

Screenplay written by Michael Moorcock.

Men in monster suits and wired puppets were used for the dinosaurs instead of stop-motion animation. The film was successful enough to spawn further fantasy adventures based on Burroughs novels. A direct sequel The People That Time Forgot was released in 1977.

IMDB rating 5.5

At the Earth's Core (1976)
At the Earth's Core (1976)
At the Earth's Core (1976)
At the Earth's Core (1976)


At the Earth's Core (1976) Directed by Kevin Connor. 89mins.

Doug McClure - David Innes
Peter Cushing - Dr. Abner Perry

Also starring Caroline Munro, Cy Grant, Godfrey James and Sean Lynch.

Based on the novel of the same name by Edgar Rice Burroughs, the first in his Pellucidar series published in 1914.

IMDB rating 5.1

The Blue Bird (1976)
The Blue Bird (1976)


The Blue Bird (1976) Directed by George Cukor. 99mins.

Elizabeth Taylor - Queen of Light / Mother / Witch / Maternal Love
Jane Fonda - The Night
Ava Gardner - Luxury

Also starring Cicely Tyson, Robert Morley, Harry Andrews and Patsy Kensit.

Based on the 1908 play L'Oiseau bleu by Maurice Maeterlinck.

The film was a box office flop costing $12m and grossing less than $1m at the US box office.

IMDB rating 5.1

Freaky Friday (1976)
Freaky Friday (1976)


Freaky Friday (1976) Directed by Gary Nelson. 95mins.

Barbara Harris - Mrs. Andrews
Jodie Foster - Annabel

Also starring John Astin, Patsy Kelly, Dick Van Patten, Vicki Schreck and Alan Oppenheimer.

Based on the novel by Mary Rodgers, first published in 1972.

Remade in 2003 and starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan.

Nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress Musical / Comedy (Barbara Harris & Jodie Foster), Best Song.

IMDB rating 6.1

King Kong (1976) art by John Berkey
King Kong (1976) art by John Berkey

King Kong (1976) Directed by John Guillermin. 134mins.

Jeff Bridges - Jack Prescott
Jessica Lange - Dwan
Charles Grodin - Fred Wilson

Also starring John Randolph, Rene Auberjonois, Ed Lauter and Jack O'Halloran.

A remake of the 1933 classic and produced by Dino De Laurentiis.

King Kong was played by makeup master Rick Baker who also designed the ape suit alongside Carlo Rambaldi (creator of ET).

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects

Cost $24m - Box Office $90.6m

IMDB rating 5.7

Pete's Dragon (1976)
Pete's Dragon (1976)


Pete's Dragon (1976) Directed by Don Chaffey. 128mins.

Starring Helen Reddy, Jim Dale, Mickey Rooney, Red Buttons, Shelley Winters and Sean Marshall as Pete.

Based on an unpublished short story by Seton I. Miller and S.S. Field.

A mixture of live-action and animation.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Song Score and Best Song.

Cost $10m - Box Office $36m

IMDB rating 6.1

Jabberwocky (1977)
Jabberwocky (1977)


Jabberwocky (1977) Directed by Terry Gilliam. 105mins.

Michael Palin - Dennis Cooper

Also starring Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier, Warren Mitchell, Max Wall and Rodney Bewes.

Based loosely on a nonsense verse poem written by Lewis Carroll included in his novel Through the Looking Glass, first published in 1871.

Terry Gilliam's first movie as sole director.

IMDB rating 6.1

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) Directed by Sam Wanamaker. 113mins.

Patrick Wayne - Sinbad

Also starring Jane Seymour, Taryn Power, Patrick Troughton, Kurt Christian and Margaret Whiting as Zenobia.

The third Sinbad film from Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer, the first two were The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974).

It took Harryhausen over a year to finish the stop-motion animation.

Saturn Award Nomination for Best Special Effects.

IMDB rating 6.1

The People That Time Forgot (1977)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
The People That Time Forgot (1977)

The People That Time Forgot (1977) Directed by Kevin Connor. 90mins.

Patrick Wayne - Ben McBride
Doug McClure - Bowen Tyler
Sarah Douglas - Charly

Also starring Dana Gillespie, Thorley Walters, Shane Rimmer and David Prowse.

Sequel to The Land That Time Forgot and based on the fantasy novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs, first published in 1918.

"Out of Time's Abyss", the third and last novel in Burroughs lost world series was never filmed.

IMDB rating 5.1

Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)
Warlords of Atlantis (1978)


Warlords of Atlantis (1978) Directed by Kevin Connor. 96mins.

Doug McClure - Greg Collinson

Also starring Peter Gilmore, Shane Rimmer, Lea Brodie, John Ratzenberger and Cyd Charisse.

Brian Hayles original screenplay was novelized by Paul Victor and released as a tie-in to the movie in 1978.

IMDB rating 5.5

Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Heaven Can Wait (1978) Directed by Warren Beatty & Buck Henry. 101mins.

Warren Beatty - Joe Pendleton
Julie Christie - Betty Logan
James Mason - Mr. Jordan

Also starring Jack Warden, Charles Grodin and Dyan Cannon.

Despite the title not a remake of the Don Ameche fantasy movie of 1943 but a remake of Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) which was based on the play "Heaven Can Wait" by Harry Segall.

Nominated for 9 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor (Beatty), winning 1 - Best Art Direction.

A box office hit grossing $98m worldwide.

IMDB rating 6.8

The Thief of Baghdad (1978) Spanish poster
The Thief of Baghdad (1978) Spanish poster

The Thief of Baghdad (1978) Directed by Clive Donner. 102mins.

Starring Roddy McDowall, Kabir Bedi, Frank Finlay, Pavla Ustinov, Ian Holm, Terence Stamp and Peter Ustinov as The Caliph.

TV Movie premiering on NBC in America and released theatrically worldwide.

Kabir Bedi (Prince Taj) memorably played Louis Jourdan's henchman Gobinda in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983).

IMDB rating 5.3

Arabian Adventure (1979) German poster
Arabian Adventure (1979) German poster



Arabian Adventure (1979) Directed by Kevin Connor. 98mins.

Starring Christopher Lee, Oliver Tobias, Milo O'Shea, Emma Samms, Capucine, Mickey Rooney and Peter Cushing.

Brian Hayles last screenplay before his death in 1978, novelised by Keith Miles in 1979.

IMDB rating 5.4

King Kong (1976) Japanese poster - art by John Berkey
King Kong (1976) Japanese poster - art by John Berkey

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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thank you for commenting Mhatter99, always appreciated.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

These movies are the equivalent of popcorn and candy. I love popcorn and candy and bikinis made out of fur.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hoho girls in fur bikinis do make great posters! :) Originally this hub was going to stretch into the 80's, until I found out the 80's was filled with fantasy adventure movies, twice as many as the 70's and colourful posters too. Deserving of it's own hub some time next year.

Thanks for commenting David, much appreciated.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Well, I live in an entirely too realistic world! Never saw a one of these Fantasy films! LOL....But, as always, I enjoy your Movies Poster hubs....At least I get to read all about the movies and enjoy the posters. Nice to know what I've missed! Thanks, Steve...UP+++


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Well you haven't missed much, unless you're into dragons and dinosaurs! :)

Thanks as always for commenting Paula, my next poster hub will be more up to date.


Cogerson 3 years ago

I am getting old....as I saw more than a few of these movies at the theater. King Kong was seen in a packed theater....and I actually thought it was a great movie back then....granted that was through the eyes of child...my adult eyes do not think that highly of Kong...though it is interesting to see a young Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange spitting out some truly dreadful dialogue.

I would say the best of the bunch for me would be Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory...Gene Wilder makes a much better Wonka than Depp ever did.

Another fine addition to your hub collection.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks again Bruce, your comments are much appreciated. I used to have that King Kong poster on my wall when I was a kid, fantastic artwork by John Berkey, one of the greats. Nearly half the films here are British made, only three feature stop-motion animation the others have men in monster suits and puppet creatures on wires.

Highest rated on the page is Willy Wonka, lowest rated is Creatures the World Forgot.

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