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Fantasy Movies


Many films in the world that have many fans attracted to it have been in the fantasy genre. This involves a movie of TV series with a theme which is magical, mythological, and supernatural or fantasy world events. The genre is a highly popular genre among the viewers who want to explore the new worlds and have an imaginative mind. This movie genre goes hand in hand with other similar genres like Science fiction and horror. The motion pictures that have been made in the fantasy genre have been added the elements like magic, wonder, myth, extraordinary things and escapism. There are many sites that allow the viewer to watch fantasy movies online free. These free fantasy movies online are very popular among the fans who have an imaginative minds and are involved in gaming and comic books.

Subgenres


There are many subgenres of the fantasy genre. Many of the fantasy films that have been made are from novel adaptation. The most common subgenres of fantasy genre are ‘High Fantasy’ and ‘Sword and Sorcery’ according to the general public. These two categories of fantasy films can be watched in many sites where they allow the viewers to watch online action movies. When going deeper into these two categories of fantasy motion pictures it is seen that both have similar roots. The setting in both categories is a medieval timeline, with magical creatures such as wizards, orcs and goblins and even mythological creatures like Cyclopes, centaurs and Minotaur. There are various other elements that are associated in the fantasy stories which will in return make it more magical and imaginative.

High Fantasy

The high fantasy subgenre has been one of the most fan favorite types in the fantasy genre. There is a very rich fantasy world that has been specifically developed for the story line and this subgenre is more character oriented and is a bit complex that the other sub category. The main character is mostly a hero who has a humble origin and there is a clear line drawn in between good and evil. The best example for this subgenre of fantasy genre is the movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ by Peter Jackson. There were three movie adaptations for the three books by J.R.R Tolkien. There are many online sites which will allow the viewers to fantastic movies to watch on the internet in the modern day.

Sword and Sorcery

The other sub category of the fantasy movie genre is totally different to the high fantasy category since it is much more plot driven. The sword and sorcery category is much more focused on the action sequence in general shows a physically strong warrior who is going up against an evil wizards or a supernatural entity. The two of the categories seemed similar at this point and will sometimes have a battle between good and evil. The major difference that is notable in this sub category is that the hero is mostly driven by anger and vengeance, and the aim to avenge what he has lost. These type of mystery movies to watch on various online sites. The best example for this category of free movies drama is the movie ‘Conan the Barbarian’ 1982 adaptation of Robert E. Howards Conan the Barbarian. This sub category is also referred to as Sword and Sandal by many critics. Many critics have expressed that sword and sandal sub category label should be reserved for the motion pictures that are set in the ancient times of earth and not on a fantastic new world. The other part that many critics refer to as the sword and sandal are for low budget and poorly made films which have a poor script.

Other subgenres

There is another subgenre in the fantasy film category which is not as popular as high fantasy or sword and sorcery known as ‘Contemporary Fantasy’. This subgenre is still in the rise since it was brought forward in the recent years. The subgenre features magical or supernatural occurrences that happen in the real world at the present day. Many are able to watch online fantasy movies of this type through online sites which offer them for free. There is also a sub-genre of fantasy which mixes up with the animation genre and this type is known as live action and animation films. The best example for this type are Pete’s Dragon, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Enchanted. These are a type of hybrid films. Motion picture trilogies like the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ fall into a sub category known as the historical fantasy and romantic fantasy which are quite uncommon subgenres of the fantasy category. These above categories are considered as sub categories of the fantasy genre but some consider them as different categories and individual genres. All these genres of fantasy movies watch online at various websites on the internet

History


The fantasy genres began in the 1900’s with films like ‘The impossible voyage’ in 1904 and ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ in 1910. Up until the 1980’s the fantasy movie genre was not that up to standard since in order to create a magical realm to stage the story they needed the aid of the computer and graphical animation. But however, many iconic films such as ‘Tarzan the Ape Man’ in 1932, ‘The Mistress of Atlantis’ in 1932 and ‘The Mummy’ in 1932. These moving pictures are not pure fantasy films and also combine genres like horror, drama and animation. There were many ups and downs throughout the years for the fantasy genre and many motion pictures that have been based were made relating to Greek mythology, Celtic mythology and Norse mythology. Motion pictures that came out in the 1950’s and 1960’s were solely based on these mythologies. Many films that were created were of the sword and sorcery subgenre and many of the motion pictures that were created during this time frame were noted as B grade feature films. The motion pictures that came out in the 1970s which were iconic were ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘Bendknobs and Broomsticks’. After the 1990’s the fantasy movie industry was revolutionized and gone to a higher level through the addition of animation and computer graphics. Almost all of the above are free fantasy movies to watch on different sites on the internet.

Fantasy Film Industry


It is evident that many fantasy genre motion pictures have been adapted by books and novels by many authors. This can be most seen in many motion pictures that have been made in the high fantasy subgenre. The most iconic motion picture that were based on novels were the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, ‘Harry Potter’ series and ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’. There are also free fantasy movies online which have been adapted by books like the ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’, ‘The Golden Compass’ and ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’. The cartoon series “Avatar: The Last Airbender’ was another iconic animation genre movie which has a blend of fantasy genre. ‘Pirate of the Caribbean’ is one of the highly successful fantasy motion pictures that have been viewed and loved by many fans throughout the world. Due to the internet and the availability of many sites to watch fantasy movies free online fans are able to watch any of the above motion pictures that they love for free and get lost in the fantastic worlds the writers have created.
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