On Amazon Prime, you can see a slew of fantastical films that you may not have heard of before.
Certain well-known properties are often considered the pinnacle of fantasy, yet there are countless other lesser-known fantasies out there. Amazon Prime has a slew of great movies and TV shows.
The charm of fantasy films rests in their ability to take us out of our mundane reality and into otherworldly realms of wonder. Obviously, films like The Lord of the Rings and television shows like Game of Thrones take up the majority of our time.
In order to get us away from the realm of coronavirus, there are a number of obscure films that may be streamed now. In addition, Amazon Prime members have access to them.
1. The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King (2017)
The story of a young guy who embarks on an adventure to save his family’s property from the wicked Mountain King is told in this Norwegian production. Stunning visuals and a compelling plot make this an enjoyable picture for adults and children alike. For anyone searching for a fantasy film that’s different from what you’d often see from an American studio, this is a great choice.
2. I Am Dragon (2015)
Russia isn’t the first place you’d think of when you think of fantasy films, but it’s hardly the last. A dragon kidnaps a young woman and takes her to his island, where the story takes place. An unique twist on the conventional tale of a princess being kidnapped by a dragon is presented in this film. A romantic comedy, it’s perfect for a lazy afternoon on the couch.
3. The Fox & The Dragon (2018)
A lot happens in this one, and there are multiple slow-motion fight shots. It has a polished appearance despite its clearly low budget, with particular appreciation being given to the costumes. You have to rely on the actors’ performances to convey essential narrative components like emotion because there isn’t a lot of speech.
4. Immortal Demon Slayer (2017)
This film is a great choice if you’re seeking for an epic fantasy with a distinct Chinese feel. Traditional folklore hero Sun Wukong is the subject of this book. Both the visuals and the emotions communicated by the characters in Immortal Demon Slayer have a distinctly darker tone. Overall, it’s a welcome diversion from the usual American fantasy fodder and the studios who produce it.
5. The Magic Sword (1962)
The Magic Sword, a throwback to the golden age of Hollywood, is centered on the fabled figure of Saint George, who is most known for slaying a dragon. It adds a lot to the story, and the movie itself is fairly good (due in part to the casting of the always-good Basil Rathbone, whom you can always rely on to play a villain with panache and sinister grace). A comic book version was also produced.
6. Dragonslayer (1981)
Even though it was released in the 1980s, this picture boasts some of the best computer-generated imagery I’ve ever seen. To put it another way, Vermithrax has gone down as one of the best dragons to ever grace the big screen (both Guillermo del Toro and George R.R. Martin have declared their admiration).
Ian McDiarmid, who would go on to play Palpatine in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi a few years later, had a brief role in the picture.
7. Yamasong: March of the Hallows (2017)
Those in search of a fantasy film with a tale as original as its visual design (which is unmatched) need look no further than this. The story of a robot and a tortoise trying to preserve their world from an evil army is told in Yamasong. Abigail Breslin, Frieda Pinto, Whoopi Goldberg, Edward Asner, George Takei, and Malcolm McDowell all lend their voices to the project.
8. The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2014)
There was an original plan for this picture, which is an epic fantasy film with a coming of age story woven into it to be part of a larger franchise, but it was met by both critical and box office rejection, and it was never released. However, there are several excellent performances in this picture, especially ones by Michael Sheen, Sam Neill, and Lena Headey.
9. The Stronghold (2017)
One further interesting variation on the time travel cliche comes from Eastern Europe. The film’s protagonist is a little child who is suddenly transported back in time. The film is based on Volodymyr Rutkivskyi’s novel of the same name. For inspiration, the costume designer drew on several historical periods to create a stunning visual scheme. It was adapted for the film by Sashko Dermanskyi and Yaroslav Voitseshek.
10. Namiya: Adventures into the Past
Three young people initiate a letter correspondence with folks from the past in this lighthearted adventure film based on Keigo Higashino’s novel Miracles of the Namiya General Store. On top of that, there’s also a cameo appearance by none other than Jackie Chan, who’s known for his energetic and charismatic performances. I found this film to be a fascinating study of the connections between people’s lives.