Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was another of Fox’s lavishly produced “Sunset Kiddies” series, wherein most of the principal roles were enacted by children. In this case, Aladdin is portrayed by juvenile performer Francis Carpenter, while other key roles were filled by such stars-in-the-making as Virginia Lee Corbin, Gertrude Messenger and Buddy Messenger and Lewis Sargent. The film was by no means a parody: the youthful performers played their parts with utmost sincerity, and most effectively. As was traditional in the “Sunset Kiddies” films, a few adult performers were scattered throughout the proceedings, notably Elmo Lincoln, the screen’s first Tarzan, who here portrayed the towering Genie of the Lamp. Unfortunately, none of the “Sunset Kiddies” efforts is currently available for reappraisal.
Prípad pro zacínajícího kata / Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970) Pavel Jurácek, Lubomír Kostelka, Klára Jerneková, Milena Zahrynowska, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Lemuel Gulliver (Lubomír Kostelka) has had a car accident and continues his journey across the unknown countryside on foot. On the road he finds a dead rabbit dressed like a man and takes a watch from its waistcoat breast pocket. The half-ruined house that he enters reminds Lemuel of his childhood and brings up a painful memory of a dearly loved girl Markéta who was drowned years ago. Gulliver finds himself in Balnibarbi, a country where he doesn’t understand the laws and habits and so continually offends against public decency. It is a day when people are ordered to keep their mouths shut and they force their visitor to follow suit. He faces harsh interrogation and finds it difficult to explain that he is not the rabbit Oscar whose watch has been found in his possession.
End of Days / La Fin des Temps (1999) Peter Hyams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Action, Fantasy, Horror
Scream Blacula Scream (1973) Bob Kelljan, William Marshall, Don Mitchell, Pam Grier, Fantasy, Horror
After a dying Voodoo queen chooses an adopted apprentice as her successor, her true heir is outraged. Seeking revenge, he buys the bones of Blacula the vampire off of a dealer, and uses voodoo to bring the vampire back to do his bidding. In turn, Blacula turns him into a vampire and makes him his slave. Meanwhile, a police officer with a large collection of African antiques and an interest in the occult investigates the murders caused by Blacula and his vampire horde.
Vanilla Sky (2001) Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Incarcerated and charged with murder, David Aames Jr. is telling the story of how he got to where he is to McCabe, the police psychologist. That story includes: being the 51% shareholder of a major publishing firm, which he inherited from his long deceased parents; the firm’s board, appointed by David Aames Sr., being the 49% shareholders who would probably like to see him gone as they see him as being too irresponsible and immature to run the company; his best bro friendship with author, Brian Shelby; his “friends with benefits” relationship with Julie Gianni, who saw their relationship in a slightly different light; his budding romance with Sofia Serrano, who Brian brought to David’s party as his own date and who Brian saw as his own possible life mate; and being in an accident which disfigured his face and killed the person who caused the accident. But as the story proceeds, David isn’t sure what is real and what is a dream/nightmare as many facets of the story are incompatible to …
Vampire Hunter D / Kyûketsuki hantâ D (1985) Toyoo Ashida, Kaneto Shiozawa, Michie Tomizawa, Seizô Katô, Animation, Action, Fantasy
D, a haunted half-human, half-vampire warrior, wanders the countryside of a feudalistic future, hunting his own kind while battling his own evil nature. Like a rogue samurai, the silent, solitary hero wanders into a small hamlet terrorized by the all-powerful Count, a monstrous vampire lord, and his demonic minions from a castle that casts a long shadow over the countryside. The Count has claimed the human Doris (who wields a mean cutlass herself) as his bride. D becomes her protector and–when she’s captured by the Count’s shape-shifting minions–her savior.
The Spirit (2008) Frank Miller, Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Action, Crime, Fantasy
Down these mean streets a man must come. A hero born, murdered, and born again. When a Rookie cop named Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces from the shadows of Central City. The Octopus who kills anyone unfortunate enough to see his face who has other plans. He’s going to wipe out the entire city. The Spirit tracks this cold hearted killer from the city’s rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront all the while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, love or kill the masked crusader.
Banana Spirit / Jing ling bian (1992) Kin Lo, Collin Chou, Josephine Foo, Ching-Ying Lam, Comedy, Fantasy
Francis Ng stars as Chic, who helps his friend Che (Ngai Sing), a Taoist ghostbuster, with various assignments. They both owe gambling debts to the nasty mobster Rabid Hsiung (Tommy Wong), so they’re in desperate need of money, leading them to take on a request from the elderly Taoist master Tang (Richard Ng) to help him capture the Banana Spirit. On a late-night search, the trio is frightened by a demon as well as awakening the Banana Spirit, Muyung Yu-Yu, who takes the earthly form of a beautiful model and seduces Chic. Chic and the ghost become lovers, and she saves his life when he is shot at by mobsters as well as helping him win a great deal of money at one of Rabid Hsiung’s casinos. Hsiung figures out that Yu-Yu has special powers, which he attempts to use for his own benefit, but Chic kills him before he can realize his plans. Unfortunately, Hsiung rises from the grave as a clownish evil spirit looking for revenge, and Yu-Yu’s allotted time on Earth is quickly running out. Lam Ching-ying and Yip Wing-cho co-star in the lively romp.
The Evil Dead (1981) Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Fantasy, Horror
Five college students take time off to spend a peaceful vacation in a remote cabin. A book and audio tape is discovered, and its evil is found to be powerful once the incantations are read out loud. The friends find themselves helpless to stop the evil as it takes them one by one, with only one survivor left with the evil dead and desperately tries to fight to live until morning.
Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) Sidney W. Pink, John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Ove Sprogøe, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A U.N. space expedition to the planet Uranus discovers a bizarrely familiar world right out of their own heads, featuring places and people the crew members recall from their past. It’s all part of a fantasy created by the planet’s master, a giant, pulsating brain that can also turn their worst thoughts into reality.