Top 3 Great 80's Dark Fantasy Movies You Probably Never Heard Of
The end of the last century was a golden time for various magical tales.
The 1980s proved to be a decade full of iconic films that left an indelible mark on pop culture. But among the world-famous blockbusters, there are also some hidden gems that, unfortunately, are rarely remembered today.
We have picked three dark fantasy films from the glorious era of the 80s that will help you get to know the genre better.
3. Krull (1983)
This unique blend of science fiction and fantasy, directed by Peter Yates, was not well received by critics and failed at the box office, but eventually managed to gain cult status.
The movie is set in a distant galaxy where a young prince embarks on a perilous journey to rescue his bride from the clutches of an evil creature. Along the way, he meets a group of renegade warriors, each with a unique set of skills, who join him on his quest.
Krull features beautiful world-building, breathtaking landscapes, ancient ruins, and otherworldly creatures — all the ingredients for a thrilling fantasy journey.
2. Labyrinth (1986)
Directed by Jim Henson, this movie combines music, puppetry, and fantasy elements with a magical adventure.
The story revolves around a girl, Sarah, who must navigate a treacherous labyrinth to rescue her little brother from the clutches of the goblin king, Jareth, played by the legendary David Bowie.
Labyrinth is a visually stunning film that still looks atmospheric and colorful. Live action blends seamlessly with puppetry and animatronics, and the enchanting soundtrack, which includes several Bowie compositions, keeps viewers glued to the screen.
The movie received mixed reviews in its day, but over the decades Labyrinth has gained a devoted following.
1. Legend (1985)
Finally, Ridley Scott's iconic film starring Tom Cruise.
Legend immerses viewers in an elaborate fantasy world where the evil spells of the Lord of Darkness have enveloped a magical forest. His insidious minions work their sinister deeds everywhere, terrorizing the innocent inhabitants of fairyland.
Only the courageous forest wanderer Jack and his brave friends can save their wonderful world from the cruel ruler of the underworld, and Jack's beloved — the beautiful Princess Lily.
Legend features stunning cinematography and atmospheric visual effects, while breathtaking landscapes and intricate sets draw viewers into a world of fantasy and wonder.