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My 10 Teen Favourite Fantasy Films from the 1980s
10. Splash (1984)
Director: Ron Howard
Allen Bauer (Hanks) is trying to make something out of his life after his latest romantic disaster. His older brother Freddie (Candy) is not much help and therefore he decides to go to Cape Cod where, as a child, he had nearly drowned. Once again he falls in the sea and finds himself in difficulty only to be saved by a beautiful woman (Hannah). Allen immediately feels attracted to his saviour, not knowing that in reality she is a mermaid.
9. The Neverending Story (1984)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Bastian (Oliver) is being bullied by some of his class mates. During one such incident on his way to school, he seeks shelter inside a book shop. There he finds a mysterious book called The Neverending Story. Intrigued, Bastian takes the book to school. He skives for the day, plants himself in the attic, and starts reading. Little does he know that he is going to be an influential character in the magical story of Fantasia.
8. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
Director: John Carpenter
Jack Burton (Russell) helps his friend Wang Chi (Dun) to rescue his girlfriend who has been abducted by a Chinese gang, The Lords of the Death. The two meet up with lawyer Gracie Law (Cattrall) and together they infiltrate a brothel where they think that Chi’s girlfriend is being held captive. However they do not know that they have to face the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan (James Hong), who wants to kill Gracie in order to break an ancient curse.
7. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
Director: Richard Fleischer
Queen Taramis (Sarah Douglas) promises Conan (Schwarzenegger) that she will resurrect his defunct bride Valeria if he will take her niece Jehnna (d’Abo) on a quest to find a jewel that will awaken the god Dagoth. Conan accepts unaware that the Queen gave orders to Bombaata (Wilt Chamberlain) to kill the barbarian once the jewel is found. She also wants to offer her niece as a sacrifice to Dagoth.
6. The Princess Bride (1987)
Director: Rob Reiner
Grandpa (Peter Falk) reads a story to his sick grandson (Fred Savage) about the noble exploits of Westley (Elwes) who is looking for his beloved Buttercup (Wright). The two lovers were separated when Westley’s ship was attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts. Believing him dead, Buttercup decides to marry the evil Prince Humperdinck (Sarandon). However Westley is determined to do his damnedest to prevent this marriage from taking place.
5. Highlander (1986)
Director: Russel Mulcahy
Connor McLeod (Lambert) is an immortal. He was born in 16th century Scotland and killed, for the first time, during a fierce battle with a rival clan. But when he returns to life, his own clan banishes him and Connor goes to live in the highlands. He marries Heather (Beatie Edney) and together they live a simple but contented life. Ramirez (Connery), another immortal, finds Connor and he tells him that Kurgan (Brown) wants his head.
4. Ghostbusters (1984)
Director: Ivan Reitman
New York is pullulating with ghosts and supernatural researchers Peter Venkman (Murray), Raymond Stantz (Aykroyd), Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis) and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) team up to rid New York of ghosts. Work is not lacking and before long they become celebrities. Little do they know that the increase in spectral phenomena is linked to the imminent arrival of Gozer, a shape-shifting god of destruction.
3. Labyrinth (1984)
Director: Jim Henson
Sarah (Connelly) is not getting along with her parents and when they ask her to babysit her baby brother (Froud) she begs for him to be spirited away. Jareth (Bowie), the Goblin King, obliges, to Sarah’s immediate regret. The King promises her that he will return her brother only if she manages to solve his Labyrinth in thirteen hours. Sarah is thus transported to the land of Jareth and placed at the entrance of the Labyrinth.
2. Ladyhawke (1985)
Director: Richard Donner
Philippe Gaston (Broderick) is a petty thief who is always in trouble. The Bishop of Aquila (John Wood) sends his men to capture him but their mission is foiled by the appearance of a mysterious black knight. This man is Etienne of Navarre (Hauer), former Captain of the Guards, and he takes Philippe under his wing. Navarre has a score to settle with the Bishop and needs Philippe’s knowledge of the city’s sewers to do so.
1. Legend (1985)
Director: Ridley Scott
Princess Lili (Sara) meets her friend Jack (Cruise) in the forest where he is teaching her the language of animals. She throws her ring in the river, declaring that she will marry whoever finds it. Jack dives to retrieve it. Meanwhile Lili sees two unicorns and she touches one. In doing so she disrupts the natural order of the universe. Lili is then abducted by goblins and taken to the realm of Darkness (Curry). It is now up to Jack to find and rescue her.