Netflix’s new Dark Crystal series started streaming last week and it seems to be a bonafide hit. Age of Resistance brings Dark Crystal fans back to the fantastic world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the evil Skeksis’ power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion to save their world.
Whether the new series makes you nostalgic for the movies of your youth, or you’re new to fantasy and need a primer on the genre, we have a bunch of classic movies that will take you back to the ’80s.
The NeverEnding Story (1984)
Join the young warrior Atreyu and the faith of a young boy, Bastian, as they battle the unknown of “The Nothing” to save the creatures of Fantasia and their Childlike Empress.
The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Faced with the need to move her family from a farmer’s field while her son Timothy is seriously ill, a widowed mouse seeks help from a group of rats whose unwilling participation in experiments at a place called NIMH has made them wise and long lived.
A fire-breathing dragon terrorizes the sixth-century British countryside. The only hope for the beleagured citizens is an aging sorcerer. But when he is killed before he can save the people, the task falls to his young apprentice.
Time Bandits (1981)
A boy named Kevin escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being, they plunder treasure from Napoleon and Agamemnon; but Evil is watching their every move
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The Last Unicorn (1982)
A lonely unicorn, believing herself to be the last, searches for any others of her kind, while avoiding the malevolent Red Bull, the agent believed to have destroyed the rest of her herd. She finally finds help from a magician named Schmendrick and a knight named Prince Lir.
Based on a 13th century European legend about a beautiful maiden, a stalwart knight and a pickpocket. The knight and the lady were once lovers, but the curse of the jealous Bishop of Aquila has fated them to be “always together, eternally apart”. By day, she is a hawk; by night he is a wolf.
The Black Cauldon (1985)
Whoever releases the mysterious Black Cauldron’s powers will be invincible! The fearsome Horned King will do anything to possess it, but he is challenged by the most unlikely adversary: a young assistant pig keeper named Taran. With a motley team of the brave Princess Eilonwy, a minstrel named Fflewddur Fflam, and Hen-Wen, a remarkable pig who can predict the future, Taran embarks on a quest to stop the Black Cauldron’s evil once and for all.
A forest dweller is chosen to save a beautiful princess and defeat the Lord of Darkness in this visually stunning fantasy-adventure.
The Princess Bride (1987)
While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him the story of a farmboy-turned-pirate who encounters numerous obstacles, enemies and allies in his quest to be reunited with his true love.
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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)
The amazing journeys of Baron von Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms with the object of saving a European city from the superior forces of a Turkish sultan.
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Aided by a swashbuckling warrior, Willow’s quest bring a special baby to safety is plagued by danger as the Powers of Darkness scheme to destroy the child– a child destined to bring everlasting peace and freedom to the land.