There was no better time to be a child than the 1980's, especially when it came to fantasy movies. There are the classics that will never fade with time, classics such as: The Never ending Story, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Willow, The Goonies, Legend, and The list goes on and on. However, there are a few films out there that some people are not as familiar with. A few reasons might have to do with the film's extremely low budget, bad special effects, and lack of acting abilities. Never the less, these films deserve their rightful place amongst the list of 80's fantasy movies and a special nostalgic place in our hearts. After all, some of these lesser known movies were the first onscreen appearances for a few top name actors.
In no particular order, here are 7 films you may have overlooked as a child.
1. Mio In The Land Of Far Away (1987)
Christian Bale makes his first onscreen appearance in this tale about a lonely boy who is transferred from his dull life with his adoptive parents to the land where his real father is the king. In that country he sets out on a quest, together with his new friend (Bale), to destroy the evil Knight Kato.
2. The Peanut Butter Solution (1985)
The Peanut butter Solution is a recipe for a magic potion made by two friendly ghosts. Eleven-year-old Michael loses all of his hair when he gets "the fright" and uses the potion to get his hair back, but too much of the solution causes things to get a bit hairy. Michale's new found hair may also contain supernatural properties making him a target to those who wish to exploit it.
3. My Pet Monster (1986)
Max is a fifth grade student who visits a museum where he winds up receiving powers from an ancient stone deity that transforms him into a monster whenever he's hungry.
4. The Great Land Of Small (1986)
The Great Land of Small tells the story of Jenny and David who work in the circus with their mother. The fatherless family takes a vacation to spend some time with their grandparents in the countryside. During their visit, the children encounter Fritz, a diminutive denizen of the land of small, located on the other side of the rainbow.
5. The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (1988)
This movie is an account of Baron Munchausen's supposed travels and fantastical experiences with his band of misfits. Although this film is not as obscure as some of the others listed here it does have an all star cast that you might not recall seeing when you watched back in 1988. Actors such as, Robin Williams, Uma Thurman, Oliver Reed, and Sting.
6. The Garbage Pail Kids (1987)
Seven disgusting yet lovable kids are unleashed from a garbage can that holds supernatural powers. While loose, the garbage pail kids help a boy named Dodger take care of some bullies and get into a lot of trouble along the way.
7. Return To Oz (1985)
Fairuza Balk better known from "The Craft" makes her first onscreen appearance as Dorothy Gale. Saved from a psychiatric experiment by a mysterious girl, Dorothy is somehow called back to Oz when a vain witch and the Nome King destroy everything that makes the magical land beautiful.