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

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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)

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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 -

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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).

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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