Best Fantasy Movies To Watch On Peacock TV

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Do you want to escape into universes that are far more wonderful than our own? The Peacock offers a wide variety of fantasy film titles that will keep you entertained for hours. There’s something for everyone, from swamp-dwelling ogres to hellish agents of vengeance, glittering vampires, and Nicolas Cage’s always hilarious antics.

Check out our pick of the top fantasy movies now available on Peacock!

1. PHANTASM 

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In 2016, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn defined Phantasm as “a mix of distinct storytelling ideas.” He wrote, “Phantasm defies established genre borders.” “It’s a strange combination of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, driven as much by unsettling mood as a tale.” The strange cult movie revolves around two adolescent brothers and a buddy who are confronted by a ghostly grave robber known only as “The Tall Man” (played by Angus Scrimm). J.J. Abrams, who was instrumental in the title’s 4K restoration over a decade ago, is among the title’s cult fanbase.

2. HIGHLANDERS

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There can be just one! If you’re short on time and can’t watch hours and hours of movies, we recommend bumping Highlander to the top of your list. Queen wrote and performed original songs for this story of eternal warriors battling to the death. That Queen, yes.

Russell Mulcahy told The Guardian in 2016: “I was at a place in my career where I could call in a few favors.” “Queen had done an excellent soundtrack for Flash Gordon, so we showed them a 20-minute video of various situations, and they said, ‘Wow!’ We had only anticipated them to do one song, but they insisted on writing two. Freddie Mercury sang “Princess of the Universe,” Brian May performed “Who Wants to Live Forever,” and Roger Taylor performed “It’s a Kind of Magic.”

Oh, and the cast, which includes Sean Connery and Clancy Brown, is not bad either.

3. SPAWN

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The original Spawn picture, weird as it was, really touched a nerve with fans of the original comics who wanted to see their twisted hero translated to the big screen in horrific detail, which is why there’s been such a prolonged excitement surrounding a potential new Spawn film for so long. Hollywood’s approach to translating comic books has gone a long way since Spawn, but the picture holds up in terms of its knowledge of how to find a balance between the wildness of the source material and the groundedness required for a cinema.

4. THE FAMILY MAN 

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The Family Man is a holiday picture with a true heart, a return to the Capra-esque wholesomeness of It’s A Wonderful Life. Nicolas Cage plays Jack Campbell, a rich Wall Street tycoon who awakens one day to find himself living in a typical suburban home with his college love, Kate (Téa Leoni), and their young children. Jack is first shocked by this Twilight Zone-esque twist of fate, trying to reclaim his carefree life as a rich bachelor. Yet as time passes, he realizes that he may not need what he desires.

“We sold The Family Man on a pitch before any of us was married or had children,” co-writers David Diamond and David Weissman told SYFY WIRE via email. “But we saw the tension that may exist between ambition, which we shared, and profound love, which we missed. The film was launched before Twitter, but it has been tremendously rewarding for us to watch new audiences find and love the film each year — perhaps even more than it was appreciated when it was initially released.”

A pre-MCU Don Cheadle completes the cast.

5. THE TWILIGHT 

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It’s difficult to overestimate Twilight’s cultural impact in the pre-2010s. Stephenie Meyer’s vampire romance novels, like Harry Potter before them, dominated the whole fantasy debate among young readers. So when Hollywood revealed its intention to adopt the best-selling novels for the big screen, the anticipation was palpable.

“When I read the novel, I believed Meyers had truly caught the emotions of first love,” director Catherine Hardwick told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. “And I thought it was hilarious that she did it and attracted millions of people to the book. For me, capturing those emotions on video felt like a big, interesting task. The aesthetics and the wonderful area that I got to work with, the Pacific Northwest where we filmed, and the emotions of pleasure that Meyer generated, were two challenges for me.

6. SHREK 

Only rising talents can shatter the mold! Shrek, the sixth film from DreamWorks’ budding animation division, was the perfect cure for Disney weary.

The film’s sarcastic handling of fairy tale themes and rampant materialism set it different from anything else on the market at the time. Parents appreciated the surprisingly sophisticated jokes, while their children enjoyed the unique characters and abundance of potty humor. The lesson of self-acceptance was held together by a subversion of the usual fairy tale finale. Shrek’s hatred for tropes is nicely summed up in the opening seconds when the titular ogre physically wipes his huge green rear with the pages of a fairy tale book.

“The Disney model was still very reverential, and very aspirational, and inspirational, and the performing arts were composed for the movie, so you would never have this grunge influence of existing songs dropped in for the score, to set a mood,” co-director Vicky Jensen told ComicBook.com last year during an interview commemorating the project’s 20th anniversary. “As far as I know, no one has done it in an animated film and depended on it to hit the big emotional points in the film as a live-action film would.”

7. DRIVE ANGRY 

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We’d have two nickels if we had a nickel for every time Nicolas Cage took a part in which he was asked to portray a terrible agent of retribution. Which isn’t much, but it’s odd that it occurred twice, isn’t it? Cage puts himself in the shoes of John Milton (a lovely nod to Paradise Lost), a father who physically comes out of Hell to save his granddaughter from a violent cult. Satan is displeased with this change of events and sent his best man… uh… demon (William Fichtner) to force Milton to the Underworld.

“There are so many different sides to this one because it’s a car movie, but it also has the action of an older Charles Bronson movie, and then you add the supernatural element to it, and on top of that you have 3D, so it’s not like something that I’ve done before or really seen before,” Cage told Collider during an on-set interview in 2010. “I’m quite enthused about what this potentially leads to.” I’m experimenting with the format, such as what I can accomplish with 3D as a film actor. How can I move differently, or I was thinking of pushing my tongue out and seeing whether it landed in the fourth row of the audience and if there’s anything I can do to play with the format?

8. SHREK 2

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The ideal sequel does not exist… oh, wait, it does. It’s called Shrek 2, and it’s a model of how to make a second film in a growing series. Following Shrek and Fiona’s honeymoon, the movie transports the audience to the realm of Far Far Away to meet Fiona’s royal parents. They aren’t delighted that their daughter married a swamp-dwelling monster, but they ultimately embrace their new son-in-law with open arms. In addition to delving further into the concepts of what society considers to be “normal,” the animated sequel introduced fans to brand-new characters such as Puss in Boots, whose second solo film will be released this autumn.

“We didn’t want to rest on our laurels,” co-director Andrew Adamson remarked. “We wanted to take the plot to the next level by inventing new characters and topics. We also wanted it to be as interesting for the parents as it was for the children. Because the new picture is about coping with in-laws, it hits on many levels. We are all affected by estrangement, prejudice, and love.”

Conclusion

Grab a snack because these Fantasy Movies On Peacock TV will keep you glued to your television for quite some time.