Fantasy 1980-1989 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 103

A Chronology of Fantasy Film Posters 1980-1989.

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Hawk the Slayer (1980) UK poster
Hawk the Slayer (1980) UK poster

Hawk the Slayer (1980) Directed by Terry Marcel. 90mins.

Jack Palance - Voltan
John Terry - Hawk

Also starring Bernard Bresslaw, William Morgan Sheppard, Patricia Quinn and Annette Crosbie.

Sword and Sorcery.

Made in the UK.

Tagline - Beyond the Edge of Darkness there is a World of Sorcery

IMDB rating 5.0

Sequel - Hawk the Hunter (in development)

Caveman (1981)
Caveman (1981)

Caveman (1981) Directed by Carl Gottlieb. 91mins.

Ringo Starr - Atouk
Dennis Quaid - Lar
Shelley Long - Tala
Barbara Bach - Lana

Also starring Jack Gilford, Evan Kim, Avery Schreiber and John Matuszak as Tonda.

Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr married Bond girl Barbara Bach in April 1981.

Caveman words translated -

Alunda – love
Bobo – friend
Haraka – fire
Macha – monster
Ool – food
Pooka – broken
Ugh – like
Zug-Zug – sex
Kuda – come
Doodoo – sh!t

Box office - $16m (US)

Tagline - A pre-hysterical comedy!

IMDB rating 5.3

Time Bandits (1981)
Time Bandits (1981)

Time Bandits (1981) Directed by Terry Gilliam. 116mins.

Sean Connery - King Agamemnon
John Cleese - Robin Hood
Ian Holm - Napoleon
David Warner - Evil Genius
Ralph Richardson - Supreme Being

Also starring Michael Palin, Shelley Duvall, Peter Vaughan, Katherine Helmond, David Rappaport and Craig Warnock as Kevin.

Time travel fantasy.

Sean Connery also appears at the end of the film as a fireman.

Cost $5m - $42.3m

Tagline - They didn't make history, they stole it!

IMDB rating 6.9

Dragonslayer (1981) UK poster
Dragonslayer (1981) UK poster
Dragonslayer (1981)
Dragonslayer (1981)

Dragonslayer (1981) Directed by Matthew Robbins. 109mins

Peter MacNicol - Galen
Caitlin Clarke - Valerian
Ralph Richardson - Ulrich

Also starring John Hallam, Peter Eyre, Albert Salmi, Sydney Bromley, Chloe Salaman and Ian McDiarmid.

The dragon is named Vermithrax Pejorative.

Filmed in North Wales.

Oscar nominations for Best Music (Alex North) and Best Visual Effects.

Cost $19m - Box Office $14m (US)

Tagline - Its talons tear. Its breath burns. It is terror. And only sorcery can destroy it.

IMDB rating 6.6

Clash of the Titans (1981)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Clash of the Titans (1981) poster art by Daniel Gouzee
Clash of the Titans (1981) poster art by Daniel Gouzee

Clash of the Titans (1981) Directed by Desmond Davis. 118mins.

Harry Hamlin - Perseus
Judi Bowker - Andromeda
Burgess Meredith - Ammon
Laurence Olivier - Zeus
Claire Bloom - Hera
Maggie Smith - Thetis
Sian Phillips - Cassiopeia
Ursula Andress - Aphrodite
Jack Gwillim - Poseidon
Neil McCarthy - Calibos

Greek Mythology.

Original title - Perseus and the Gorgon's Head.

Special effects legend Ray Harryhausen's last movie.

Nominated for 6 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Burgess Meredith)

Cost $15m - Box Office $41m (US)

Tagline - An Epic Entertainment Spectacular!

IMDB rating 6.7

(Followed by a remake and a sequel to the remake)

The Dark Crystal (1982) German poster
The Dark Crystal (1982) German poster
The Dark Crystal (1982) poster art by Richard Amsel
The Dark Crystal (1982) poster art by Richard Amsel

The Dark Crystal (1982) Directed by Jim Henson & Frank Oz. 93mins.

Starring the voices of Stephen Garlick, Lisa Maxwell, Billie Whitelaw, Percy Edwards, Barry Dennen and Michael Kilgarriff.

Unusual and creepy SF-Fantasy filmed entirely with animatronic puppets, which was groundbreaking for it's time.

BAFTA nomination for Best Special Effects.

Cost $15m - Box Office $40m (US)

Tagline - Another World, Another Time... In the Age of Wonder.

IMDB rating 7.1

Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Conan the Barbarian (1982) poster art by Renato Casaro
Conan the Barbarian (1982) poster art by Renato Casaro

Conan the Barbarian (1982) Directed by John Milius. 129mins.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Conan
James Earl Jones - Thulsa Doom
Max von Sydow - King Osric
Sandahl Bergman - Valeria
Mako - The Wizard
Gerry Lopez - Subotai
Ben Davidson - Rexor
Sven-Ole Thorsen - Thorgrim
Valérie Quennessen - The Princess
Cassandra Gaviola - The Witch
William Smith - Conan's Father

Sword and Sorcery adventure based on characters created by Robert E. Howard.

Excellent music score by Basil Poledouris.

Nominated for 5 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Actress (Sandahl Bergman)

Tagline - Thief Warrior Gladiator King

Cost $16m - Box Office $130m

IMDB rating 6.8

(Followed by a sequel and a remake)

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) poster art by Peter Andrew Jones
The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) poster art by Peter Andrew Jones
The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) poster art by Peter Andrew Jones
The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) poster art by Peter Andrew Jones

The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) Directed by Albert Pyun. 100mins.

Lee Horsley - Talon
Kathleen Beller - Alana

Also starring Simon MacCorkindale, George Maharis, Richard Lynch, Richard Moll and Robert Tessier.

Fun Sword and Sorcery Adventure.

Nominated for 6 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Richard Lynch).

Cost $4m - $39.1m (US)

Tagline - The greatest duel ever fought between deathless courage and endless evil!

IMDB rating 5.5

The Beastmaster (1982) Japanese poster
The Beastmaster (1982) Japanese poster
The Beastmaster (1982)
The Beastmaster (1982)

The Beastmaster (1982) Directed by Don Coscarelli. 118mins.

Marc Singer - Dar
Tanya Roberts - Kiri
Rip Torn - Maax

Also starring John Amos, Joshua Milrad and Rod Loomis.

Fantasy adventure and a cult favourite.

Worth watching for Bond girl and ex-Charlies Angel Tanya Roberts, who wears very little clothing in the movie, eye-candy for the lads.

Cost $8m - Box Office $14m

IMDB rating 5.9

(Followed by 2 sequels and a TV series)

Krull (1983)
Krull (1983)

Krull (1983) Directed by Peter Yates. 121mins.

Ken Marshall - Colwyn
Lysette Anthony - Lyssa
Freddie Jones - Ynyr

Also starring Alun Armstrong, David Battley, Bernard Bresslaw, Liam Neeson, Robbie Coltrane and Francesca Annis as The Widow of the Web.

SF-Fantasy.

Filmed at Pinewood studios and on location in the Canary Islands.

Music by James Horner.

Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards including Best Fantasy Film.

Cost $27m - Box Office $16.5m (US)

Tagline - A world light years beyond your imagination.

IMDB rating 5.9

Hercules (1983) poster art by Drew Struzan
Hercules (1983) poster art by Drew Struzan

Hercules (1983) Directed by Luigi Cozzi. 98mins.

Lou Ferrigno - Hercules
Sybil Danning - Ariadne

Also starring Brad Harris, Ingrid Anderson, William Berger and Rossana Podesta.

Greek Mythology.

Nominated for 5 Razzie Awards winning 2 - Worst New Star (Lou Ferrigno) and Worst Supporting Actress (Sybil Danning).

Box Office $10.6m

IMDB rating 3.2

(Followed by a sequel in 1985)

Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)
Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983)

Yor, The Hunter from the Future (1983) Directed by Antonio Margheriti. 88mins (98mins)

Reb Brown - Yor

Also starring Corinne Cléry, Luciano Pigozzi, Carole André, John Steiner and Ayshe Gul.

Italian fantasy adventure.

Nominated for 3 Razzie Awards including Worst New Star (Reb Brown).

Tagline - He was a powerful warrior from the future, trapped in a prehistoric land, battling for the survival of his people.

IMDB rating 3.7

Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983)
Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983)

Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983) Directed by Joe D'Amato. 98mins.

Miles O'Keeffe - Ator

Also starring Sabrina Siani, Ritza Brown, Dakkar and Edmund Purdom.

Sword and Sorcery.

Italian director Joe D'Amato directed 200 movies in every category, horror, sci-fi, westerns, war and even porn.

Also known as - Ator the Invincible.

Tagline - A magical power was destined to fight at his side.

IMDB rating 2.7

(Followed by 3 sequels)

Deathstalker (1983) poster art by Boris Vallejo
Deathstalker (1983) poster art by Boris Vallejo

Deathstalker (1983) Directed by James Sbardellati. 80mins.

Richard Hill - Deathstalker

Also starring Barbi Benton, Richard Brooker, Lana Clarkson, Victor Bo and Bernard Erhard.

Low budget fantasy produced by Roger Corman.

Cost $457,000 - Box Office $12m (US)

Tagline - The Might of the Sword... The Evil of the Sorcerer.

IMDB rating 3.9

(Followed by 3 sequels)

Splash (1984)
Splash (1984)

Splash (1984) Directed by Ron Howard. 111mins.

Tom Hanks - Allen Bauer
Daryl Hannah - Madison

Also starring John Candy, Eugene Levy, Shecky Greene, Richard B. Shull and Bobby Di Cicco.

Hit comedy-fantasy.

Michael Keaton and John Travolta turned down the lead role.

Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay.

Cost $8m - Box Office $70m (US)

Made for TV sequel - Splash Too (1988)

Tagline - She was the woman of his dreams - She had large dark eyes, A beautiful smile and a great pair of fins.

IMDB rating 6.2

Ghostbusters (1984)
Ghostbusters (1984)

Ghostbusters (1984) Directed by Ivan Reitman. 105mins.

Bill Murray - Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis - Dr. Egon Spengler
Sigourney Weaver - Dana Barrett
Rick Moranis - Louis Tully
Annie Potts - Janine Melnitz
Ernie Hudson - Winston Zeddmore
William Atherton - Walter Peck

Comedy-fantasy and the highest grossing film of 1984.

Bill Murray's role was originally written for John Belushi.

John Candy was considered for Rick Moranis role.

Cost $30m - Box Office $292m

Oscar nominations for Best Song and Best Visual Effects.

Tagline - They're here to save the world.

Sequel - Ghostbusters II (1989)

IMDB rating 7.8

Gremlins (1984) poster art by John Alvin
Gremlins (1984) poster art by John Alvin

Gremlins (1984) Directed by Joe Dante. 106mins.

Zach Galligan - Billy Peltzer
Phoebe Cates - Kate Beringer

Also starring Hoyt Axton, Frances Lee McCain, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold and Keye Luke.

Fantasy-comedy produced by Steven Spielberg and one of the biggest hits of 1984.

Cost $11m - Box office $153m

Nominated for 9 Saturn Awards winning 5 including Best Director and Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith)

Sequel - Gremlins 2 (1990)

Tagline - Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

IMDB rating 7.2

The NeverEnding Story (1984) poster art by Renato Casaro
The NeverEnding Story (1984) poster art by Renato Casaro

The Neverending Story (1984) Directed by Wolfgang Peterson. 94mins

Barret Oliver - Bastian
Noah Hathaway - Atreyu

Also starring Tami Stronach, Thomas Hill, Moses Gunn, Sydney Bromley and Patricia Hayes.

Childrens fantasy based on the novel by Michael Ende, published in 1979.

Title song by Limahl was a top ten chart hit.

Filmed in Germany.

Cost $30m - Box Office $100m

Tagline - A Land Beyond Imagination.

IMDB rating 7.4

Two sequels - The Neverending Story II The Next Chapter (1990) and The Neverending Story III Return to Fantasia (1994).

Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Conan the Destroyer (1984) Directed by Richard Fleischer. 103mins.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Conan
Grace Jones - Zula
Wilt Chamberlain - Bombaata
Olivia d'Abo - Princess Jehnna
Sarah Douglas - Queen Taramis
Mako - Akiro
Tracey Walter - Malak
Pat Roach - Thoth-Amon
Jeff Corey - Grand Vizier

Family-friendly sequel to Conan the Barbarian (1982) based on characters created by Robert E. Howard.

Basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain's only film role, at just over 7 feet tall Chamberlain was nearly a foot taller than Arnold.

Razzie award winner for Worst New Star (Olivia d'Abo).

Tagline - The most powerful legend of all is back in a new adventure.

IMDB rating 5.6

Red Sonja (1985) poster art by Renato Casaro
Red Sonja (1985) poster art by Renato Casaro

Red Sonja (1985) Directed by Richard Fleischer. 89mins.

Brigitte Nielsen - Red Sonja
Arnold Schwarzenegger - Kalidor
Sandahl Bergman - Queen Gedren

Also starring Paul Smith, Ernie Reyes Jr, Ronald Lacey and Pat Roach.

Based on a character created by Robert E. Howard.

Sandahl Bergman was considered for the title role.

Nominated for 3 Razzie Awards winning 1 - Worst New Star (Brigitte Nielsen).

Cost $18m - Box Office $7m

Tagline - A woman and a warrior that became a legend.

IMDB rating 4.7

Barbarian Queen (1985) poster art by Boris Vallejo
Barbarian Queen (1985) poster art by Boris Vallejo


Barbarian Queen (1985) Directed by Hector Olivera. 70mins.

Starring Lana Clarkson, Katt Shea, Frank Zagarino, Dawn Dunlap, Susana Traverso and Victor Bo.

Fantasy adventure.

Filmed in Argentina.

Tagline - No man can touch her naked steel!

IMDB rating 3.4

Sequel - Barbarian Queen II - The Empress Strikes Back (1989)

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) Spanish poster
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) Spanish poster

Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend (1985) Directed by Bill L. Norton. 95mins.

William Katt - George Loomis
Sean Young - Susan Matthews-Loomis

Also starring Patrick McGoohan, Julian Fellowes, Hugh Quarshie and Edward Hardwicke.

All the dinosaurs were created using animatronics.

Box Office $15m

Tagline - The Greatest Adventure Ever Born!

IMDB rating 4.8

Return to Oz (1985) poster art by Drew Struzan
Return to Oz (1985) poster art by Drew Struzan

Return to Oz (1985) Directed by Walter Murch. 113mins.

Fairuza Balk - Dorothy Gale
Nicol Williamson - Dr. Worley / The Nome King
Jean Marsh - Nurse Wilson / Mombi
Piper Laurie - Aunt Em

Also starring Emma Ridley, Sophie Ward, Fiona Victory, Deep Roy and Pons Maar.

Dark, gloomy sequel to The Wizard of Oz, produced by Walt Disney Pictures and was more likely to give young children nightmares which may account for it's box office failure.

Based on characters created by L. Frank Baum.

Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Cost $28m - Box Office $11.1m (US)

Tagline - An all-new adventure down the yellow brick road.

IMDB rating 6.6

Legend (1985) Japanese poster
Legend (1985) Japanese poster

Legend (1985) Directed by Ridley Scott. 89mins (94mins) (114mins)

Tom Cruise - Jack
Mia Sara - Princess Lili
Tim Curry - Lord of Darkness
David Bennent - Honeythorn Gump

Also starring Alice Playten, Billy Barty, Annabelle Lanyon and Robert Picardo.

Big budget fantasy filmed on the 007 Stage at Pinewood, England. The film was re-edited and rescored for North American release. The European release contained a fantastic music score by Jerry Goldsmith, the American version was scored by Tangerine Dream with songs by Jon Anderson and Bryan Ferry.

A longer Director's Cut was released to DVD and Blu-ray.

Oscar nomination for Best Make Up.

Tagline - She is of the purest innocence. He is pure evil. He is darkness.

Cost $24.5m - Box Office $15.5m (US)

IMDB rating 6.2

Ladyhawke (1985) poster art by Drew Struzan
Ladyhawke (1985) poster art by Drew Struzan
Ladyhawke (1985)
Ladyhawke (1985)

Ladyhawke (1985) Directed by Richard Donner. 121mins.

Matthew Broderick - Phillipe Gaston
Rutger Hauer - Capt. Etienne Navarre
Michelle Pfeiffer - Isabeau d'Anjou

Also starring Leo McKern,John Wood, Ken Hutchison and Alfred Molina.

Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer play lovers cursed by an evil bishop, Hauer turns into a wolf at night and Pfeiffer turns into a hawk by day.

Matthew Broderick's character is nicknamed 'The Mouse' but sorry to say he doesn't turn into one.

Kurt Russell was the original choice for the Rutger Hauer role.

Oscar nominations for Sound and Sound Effects Editing.

Cost $20m - Box Office $18.4m

Tagline - Cursed for Eternity. No force in Heaven will release them. No power on Earth can save them.

IMDB rating 6.8

Santa Claus the Movie (1985) Spanish poster
Santa Claus the Movie (1985) Spanish poster

Santa Claus the Movie (1985) Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. 107mins.

Dudley Moore - Patch
John Lithgow - B.Z.
David Huddleston - Santa Claus

Also starring Burgess Meredith, Judy Cornwell and Jeffrey Kramer.

Big budget Xmas flop.

Dustin Hoffman turned down the John Lithgow role.

Cost $30m - Box Office $23.7m (US)

Tagline - The Legend Comes to Life!

IMDB rating 5.3

The Golden Child (1986) poster art by John Alvin
The Golden Child (1986) poster art by John Alvin

The Golden Child (1986) Directed by Michael Ritchie. 94mins.

Eddie Murphy - Chandler Jarrell
Charles Dance - Sardo Numspa
Charlotte Lewis - Kee Nang

Also starring Victor Wong, James Hong, Randall "Tex" Cobb and J.L Reate as The Golden Child.

Eddie Murphy turned down a role in Star Trek IV The Voyage Home to make The Golden Child instead.

John Carpenter was set to direct at one point and Mel Gibson was considered for the lead role.

The Golden Child is a boy in the film, and was played by a little girl, her only film so far.

Box Office $80m (US)

Tagline - Eddie Murphy is The Chosen One!

IMDB rating 5.7

Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) poster art by Drew Struzan
Big Trouble in Little China (1986) poster art by Drew Struzan

Big Trouble in Little China (1986) Directed by John Carpenter. 99mins.

Kurt Russell - Jack Burton
Kim Cattrall - Gracie Law
Dennis Dun - Wang Chi

Also starring James Hong, Victor Wong, Kate Burton, Carter Wong and Jerry Hardin.

John Carpenter turned down The Golden Child to make his own Martial Arts fantasy. Big Trouble was a lot of fun but sadly was not a hit at the box office.

Cost $20m - Box Office 11.1m (US)

Tagline - A Mystical, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Kung Fu, Monster, Ghost Story!

IMDB rating 7.2

Highlander (1986) UK poster
Highlander (1986) UK poster

Highlander (1986) Directed by Russell Mulcahy. 110mins (116mins)

Christopher Lambert - Connor MacLeod
Roxanne Hart - Brenda Wyatt
Clancy Brown - The Kurgan
Sean Connery - Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez

Also starring Beatie Edney, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish and Hugh Quarshie.

Highlander wasn't a box office success but later became a massive hit on video, gaining a huge cult following.

One of the great movie soundtracks of the 80's, music by Michael Kamen and songs by Queen.

Cost $19m - Box Office $13m

Tagline - There Can Be Only One.

IMDB rating 7.2

(Followed by 4 sequels and a TV series)

The Wraith (1986)
The Wraith (1986)

The Wraith (1986) Directed by Mike Marvin. 93mins.

Charlie Sheen - Jake Kesey

Also starring Nick Cassavetes, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Matthew Barry and Clint Howard.

An updated 'High Plains Drifter' with car chases.

Charlie Sheen comes back from the dead to wreak vengeance on his killers.

Tagline - If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear.

Box Office $3.5m

IMDB rating 5.4

Labyrinth (1986) poster art by Ted Coconis
Labyrinth (1986) poster art by Ted Coconis

Labyrinth (1986) Directed by Jim Henson. 101mins.

David Bowie - Jareth the Goblin King
Jennifer Connelly - Sarah Williams

Also starring Toby Froud, Shelley Thompson, Christopher Malcolm and Shari Weiser.

Jim Henson fantasy, produced by George Lucas.

Featuring muppets, puppets, animatronics, trolls, goblins, fairies, young Jennifer Connelly and um David Bowie in his tights.

Cost $25m - Box Office $12.7m (US)

Tagline - Where everything seems possible and nothing is what it seems.

IMDB rating 7.3

The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride (1987) Directed by Rob Reiner. 98mins.

Cary Elwes - Westley
Robin Wright - Princess Buttercup
Mandy Patinkin - Inigo Montoya

Also starring Chris Sarandon, Christopher Guest, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, Billy Crystal, Fred Savage and Peter Falk.

Fantasy based on the novel by William Goldman, published in 1973.

Oscar nomination for Best Song ("Storybook Love")

Cost $16m - Box Office $30.8m (US)

Tagline - Heroes. Giants. Villains. Wizards. True Love. - Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale.

IMDB rating 8.1

"My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father; Prepare to die!"

Mannequin (1987)
Mannequin (1987)

Mannequin (1987) Directed by Michael Gottlieb. 90mins.

Andrew McCarthy - Jonathan Switcher
Kim Cattrall - Emmy

Also starring Estelle Getty, James Spader, G.W. Bailey and Meshach Taylor.

Romantic comedy fantasy.

Oscar nomination for Best Song ("Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now")

Cost $6m - Box Office $42.7m (US)

Sequel - Mannequin Two: On the Move (1991)

Tagline - Some Guys Have all the Luck!

IMDB rating 5.3

Beetlejuice (1988)
Beetlejuice (1988)

Beetlejuice (1988) Directed by Tim Burton. 92mins.

Michael Keaton - Betelgeuse
Alec Baldwin - Adam Maitland
Geena Davis - Barbara Maitland

Also starring Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Glenn Shadix and Sylvia Sidney.

Comedy fantasy.

One of the biggest hits of 1988.

Music by Danny Elfman.

Oscar Winner for Best Make Up.

Cost $15m - Box Office $73.7m

Tagline - The Name In Laughter From The Hereafter.

IMDB rating 7.4

Betelgeuse: Oh yeah. Here I come, baby.

High Spirits (1988)
High Spirits (1988)

High Spirits (1988) Directed by Neil Jordan. 99mins.

Daryl Hannah - Mary Plunkett
Peter O'Toole - Peter Plunkett
Steve Guttenberg - Jack Crawford

Also starring Beverly D'Angelo, Liam Neeson, Jennifer Tilly, Peter Gallagher and Ray McAnally.

Ghostly comedy.

Sean Connery was considered for the Peter O'Toole role.

Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (Daryl Hannah)

Cost $15.5m - Box Office $8.5m (US)

Tagline - He's an American. She's a ghost. Vacation romances are always a hassle.

IMDB rating 5.2

Scrooged (1988) Spanish poster
Scrooged (1988) Spanish poster

Scrooged (1988) Directed by Richard Donner. 101mins.

Bill Murray - Frank Cross
Karen Allen - Claire Phillips

Also starring John Forsythe, John Glover, Bobcat Goldthwait, David Johansen, Carol Kane and Robert Mitchum.

Loosely based om Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Oscar nomination for Best Make Up.

Cost $32m - Box Office $60.3m

Tagline - Bill Murray is back among the ghosts. Only this time, it's three against one.

IMDB rating 6.9

Big (1988)
Big (1988)

Big (1988) Directed by Penny Marshall. 104mins (130mins)

Tom Hanks - Josh Baskin
Elizabeth Perkins - Susan Lawrence

Also starring Robert Loggia, John Heard, Jared Rushton, David Moscow, Jon Lovitz and Mercedes Ruehl.

Comedy fantasy.

Big was a 'big' success making Penny Marshall the the very first female director to direct a film that grossed over $100m.

Harrison Ford was considered for the lead role (!).

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Tom Hanks).

Cost $18m - Box Office $151.6m

Tagline - Have you ever had a really big secret?

IMDB rating 7.2

Vice Versa (1988)
Vice Versa (1988)

Vice Versa (1988) Directed by Brian Gilbert. 98mins.

Judge Reinhold - Marshall Seymour
Fred Savage - Charlie Seymour

Also starring Corinne Bohrer, Swoosie Kurtz, Jane Kaczmarek, David Proval and William Prince.

Comedy fantasy with similarities to 'Big' released three months later, though in this film Judge Reinhold swaps bodies with his son,

Loosely based on the novel of the same name by F. Anstey, first published in 1882.

Box Office $13.6m (US)

Tagline - Just when he was ready for mid-life crisis, something unexpected came up. Puberty.

IMDB rating 5.5

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) Directed by Robert Zemeckis. 104mins.

Bob Hoskins - Eddie Valiant
Christopher Lloyd - Judge Doom
Joanna Cassidy - Dolores
Charles Fleischer - Roger Rabbit (voice)
Kathleen Turner - Jessica Rabbit (voice)

A mix of live action and animation based on the novel "Who Censored Roger Rabbit?" by Gary K. Wolf.

The rights to include Tom & Jerry and Popeye in the movie could not be obtained in time

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 4 including a special Oscar for animator Richard Williams.

Cost $70m - Box Office $330m

Tagline - It's the story of a man, a woman, and a rabbit in a triangle of trouble.

IMDB rating 7.7

Willow (1988) poster art by John Alvin
Willow (1988) poster art by John Alvin
Willow (1988) poster art by John Alvin
Willow (1988) poster art by John Alvin

Willow (1988) Directed by Ron Howard. 126mins.

Val Kilmer - Madmartigan
Joanne Whalley - Sorsha
Warwick Davis - Willow Ufgood
Jean Marsh - Queen Bavmorda

Also starring Patricia Hayes, Billy Barty, Gavan O'Herlihy and Pat Roach as General Kael.

Big budget fantasy adventure based on a story by George Lucas, the producer of the film.

Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley fell in love during filming and were married a few months before the film was released. They divorced in 1996.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects.

Cost $35m - Box Office $57.2m (US)

Tagline - A world where heroes come in all sizes and adventure is the greatest magic of all

IMDB rating 7.1

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) Directed by Terry Gilliam. 126mins.

John Neville - Baron Munchausen
Sarah Polley - Sally Salt
Eric Idle - Berthold / Desmond
Jonathan Pryce - Horatio Jackson
Oliver Reed - Vulcan
Uma Thurman - Venus / Rose
Robin Williams - King of the Moon

Also starring Charles McKeown, Winston Dennis, Jack Purvis, Peter Jeffrey and Valentina Cortese.

Big budget box office disaster loosely based on stories by the famous teller of tall tales Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen (1720-1797).

Peter O'Toole was director Terry Gilliam's first choice for the role of Baron Munchausen.

Nominated for 4 Oscars - Make Up, Costume Design, Art Direction and Visual Effects.

Cost $46m - Box Office $8m (US)

Tagline - A true story. We've got the film to prove it.

IMDB rating 7.0

Erik the Viking (1989)
Erik the Viking (1989)

Erik the Viking (1989) Directed by Terry Jones. 107mins.

Tim Robbins - Erik

Also starring Mickey Rooney, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Imogen Stubbs, Eartha Kitt, Antony Sher and Tim McInnerny.

Fantasy comedy written and directed by Monty Python's Terry Jones.

Nicolas cage was considered for the role of Erik.

Box Office $1.9m

Tagline - A fun trip through the dark ages

IMDB rating 6.0

Always (1989) poster art by John Alvin
Always (1989) poster art by John Alvin

Always (1989) Directed by Steven Spielberg. 122mins.

Richard Dreyfuss - Pete Sandich
Holly Hunter - Dorinda Durston
Brad Johnson - Ted Baker

Also starring John Goodman, Roberts Blossom, Keith David, Marg Helgenberger and Audrey Hepburn.

Romantic ghost story.

A remake of the 1943 movie "A Guy Named Joe" which starred Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne.

Audrey Hepburn's final movie.

Cost $30m - Box Office $74.1m

Tagline - They couldn't hear him. They couldn't see him. But he was there when they needed him... Even after he was gone.

IMDB rating 6.2

Ghostbusters II (1989)
Ghostbusters II (1989)

Ghostbusters II (1989) Directed by Ivan Reitman. 108mins.

Bill Murray - Dr. Peter Venkman
Dan Aykroyd - Dr. Raymond Stantz
Harold Ramis - Dr. Egon Spengler
Sigourney Weaver - Dana Barrett
Ernie Hudson - Winston Zeddemore
Rick Moranis - Louis Tully
Annie Potts - Janine Melnitz
Peter MacNicol - Dr. Janosz Poha

Supernatural sequel with the entire gang returning, this time to stop evil Vigo the Carpathian from being reborn in Dana Barrett's baby.

Originally the ghostly form of the Hindenburg airship was to make an appearance, but it was replaced with the Titanic.

Cost $37m - Box Office $215.3m

Tagline - Guess who's coming to save the world again?

IMDB rating 6.4

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Geekdom 3 years ago

What a GREAT selection of movies. I now have the desire to see Big Trouble in Little China, The Dark Crystal and Beast Master again. I loved those as a kid.


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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

Geekdom, Mhatter99, thanks for commenting, always appreciated.

I haven't seen Dark Crystal in ages, but I did see Labyrinth again recently, it did not age well. Looks like a childrens pantomime and Bowie strutting around in those outfits may be a little disturbing for the young mites. :)


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

My very random thoughts while viewing your latest hub. (1) I actually remember Caveman having some funny moments....whatever happened to Ringo Starr the actor? (2) I loved Time Bandits when it first came out...however on a recent viewing I thought the movie was too slowed paced. (3) Conan the Barbarian is a fun movie to watch...too bad they made the sequels PG stuff....as Conan needs to have some blood and guts. (4) Splash the movie that turned one of your favorites(Tom Hanks) into a star....remember when Ron Howard made fun movies to watch? (5) Ghostbusters has aged pretty well....too bad Murray is going to skip Ghostbusters 3. (6) Gremlins was huge back in the day....but Gremlins 2 is in my opinion the better of the two today. (7) Legend one of the few Ridley Scott movies I do not like...although the Tim Curry makeup is awesome (8) Big Trouble in Little China is a guilty pleasure for me....and the BluRay is well worth a purchase. (9) I actually saw The Adventures of Baron Munchausen in the theater....it was opening weekend and there might have been 5 other people in the theater....as that movie crashed and burned at the box office. (10) Always is easily the worst and easily forgotten of the Spielberg/Dreyfuss movies....but then again Jaws and Close Encounters are hard to compete against.

A fun hub to read and view....one question Fire and Ice did not make the cut because it was animated? Voted up and across the board.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Fire and Ice was included in the animation poster hub. Movies I pondered whether to include or not were the three Indiana Jones films, each of which has elements of fantasy. But they are never referred to as fantasy films so I decided to leave them out.

Splash was one of the few Tom Hanks films I did enjoy. I watched Cloud Atlas recently, what a mess, but it's a film you need to see more than once to really enjoy.

Ringo Starr did make a good caveman, I thought he was really convincing in the role. The scene where the cavemen invent singing round a campfire was an instant classic.

The Princess Bride is the highest rated movie on this page going by IMDB's ratings, I've never understood why people like that film so much. I'd much rather watch Conan the Barbarian or even Krull. Only Mandy Patinkin as the vengeance seeking Inigo Montoya makes the film bearable.

Some of the more obscure films I've included here because of their poster artwork, including paintings from one of my favourites, Boris Vallejo.

Thanks for commenting Bruce, much appreciated amigo.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wow. This genre...during this time period... sure had a lot of stinkers. My personal favorite of these was "The Princess Bride". And I'd watch the stinkers if there was nothing else on-- some of them look so bad, I bet I'd be fascinated.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting David, much appreciated. While I find it a little twee for my tastes The Princess Bride does have a lot of fans.


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

This is a great genre and you've filled this hub, as always, with such beautiful posters! The new version of Clash of the Titans, 2010, is not as good as the original, no one can beat Ray Harryhausen. They tried to get him to work on this film but he was retired and wouldn't come back. It is passable (the newer version) even if you've seen the original.

I missed Yor, Lady Hawk, and Ator...guess I'll have to look for them.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Mary, thanks for popping in, appreciate the comment and vote.

I was a huge fan of Ray Harryhausen when I was young, bought every magazine and book I could find with his name on the cover. I was gutted when he died a few days ago, but 92 years of age is impressive. Ray Bradbury was his best friend and he died last year, aged 91!

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