People tend to associate, even confuse, fantasy movies with science-fiction. Unlike sci-fi movies that base their content on some level of scientific truth, fantasy films take the audience to fairytale places and the underworld, where events are extremely unlikely to take place in real life. In legendary or mythological times, they rise above the human possibilities and physical laws, and usually stay within the context of dreams, imagination, hallucinations of a character or within a projected vision of the storyteller. In these movies you can find elements of wonder, myth, escapism, magic, and the extraordinary, and they may appeal to both adults and children, all depending on a certain movie.
Physical deviations, odd phenomena, and characters beyond belief (in some cases monstrous figures that represent evil spirits, or tremendous sorcerers and magicians) are included into fantasy films, and they do overlap with supernatural movies. Quite often these movies are taken or inspired, however remotely, from a legend or myth, and they fill us with wonderful sense of admiration and a touch of deep primal emotions. And science-fiction is not the only genre fantasy movies overlap with; if they are intended to frighten the audience, they are likely to reach into the horror genre.
Classic fantasy movies, which everybody can enjoy, include The Wizard of Oz, The NeverEnding Story, Ghostbusters, Labyrinth, Mysterious Island, and The Princess Bride. And while the film industry has advanced quite a bit, the quality of such movies progressed with it, and nowadays children, and their parents, can enjoy fantasy movies such as The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Golden Compass, Harry Potter, Avatar, and The Hobbit. But the enthusiasts of a little bit of horror mixed with fantasy have certainly not been forgotten with movies like Beetlejuice, Gremlins, Red Riding Hood, Krampus, Pan’s Labyrinth, and the amazing line of Tim Burton creations like Dark Shadows, Sleepy Hollow, Corpse Bride, and Frankenweenie.
Yes, the classis fantasy movies, where predominant characters were typically princes and princesses, angels, fairies, or lesser godshave mostly passed, but that certainly does not mean that the modern day fantasy movies cannot compete; Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Beauty and the Beast, and The Fall, next to all the other modern fantasy films, are merely a few movies, that can very much speak for themselves.
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