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The Best Fantasy Movies Streaming on Peacock: From The Fantastic Beasts Trilogy to Van Helsing

Ogres, witches, covert krakens, and more!

By SYFY WIRE Staff

Looking to escape into worlds infinitely more magical than our own? Peacock has you covered with an extensive collection of fantasy film titles guaranteed to provide you with hours of endless entertainment. From swamp-dwelling ogres, to covert kraken families, to festive wish-granters played by Melissa McCarthy, there's a little something for everyone.

Head below for our list of the most fantastic fantasy movies currently streaming on Peacock!

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Jabberwocky (1977)

King Bruno the Questionable (Max Wall)(right) speaks to Passelewe (John Le Mesurier) (left) while surrounded by kingsuards in Jabberwocky (1977).

The second directorial effort from the only American member of Monty Python — Terry Gilliam — takes its name from the fictional creature mentioned in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass. Fellow Python-ite Michael Palin leads the film as Dennis Cooper, "an optimistic but dunderheaded cooper's apprentice mistakenly tasked with slaying a monster" (via The New York Times). Interestingly, the film shared a number of crew members with the first Star Wars.

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Highlander (1986)

There can only be one! If you're strapped for time and can't binge hours upon hours of movies, then might we suggest moving Highlander to the top of your queue? This tale of immortal warriors battling to the death features original songs written and performed by Queen. Yes, that Queen.

"I was at a point in my career when I could call in a few favors," director Russell Mulcahy told The Guardian in 2016. "Queen had done a great score for Flash Gordon, so we gave them a 20-minute reel of different scenes and they went: 'Wow!' We'd only expected them to do one song, but they wanted to write one each. Freddie Mercury did 'Princes of the Universe,' Brian May did 'Who Wants to Live Forever,' [and] Roger Taylor did 'It's a Kind of Magic.'"

Oh, and the cast — which features Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, and Clancy Brown — isn't too shabby either.

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Van Helsing (2004)

Following the success of two Mummy films, writer/director Stephen Sommers was gifted the keys to the Universal Monsters kingdom. The result was this criminally under-appreciated mash-up of the studio's classic creatures that go bump in the night: Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula's Brides, and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Hugh Jackman (fresh off two turns as Wolverine in X-Men and X2) leads the project as a Victorian-era James Bond-y agent of the Vatican tasked with eliminating supernatural threats.  

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Fantastic Beasts Trilogy (2016-2022)

More than a half a century before Harry Potter was born to Lily and James, a young Albus Dumbledore (Jude Law) battled for the soul of Europe's Wizarding community against a dark wizard he once loved: Gellert Grindelwald (played by Johnny Depp in the first two installments before being replaced by Mads Mikkelsen for the third). Aided along by eccentric magical zoologist Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne), No-Maj baker Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), Auror Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), and a menagerie of fantastic beasts, of course, Dumbledore works to prevent Grindelwald from subjugating the Muggle population.

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Shrek (2001)

Only shooting stars break the mold! The fifth outing from the fledgling animation arm of the newly-founded DreamWorks, Shrek was exactly the antidote for Disney fatigue.

The film's satirical treatment of fairy tale tropes and consumerism run amok set it apart from anything else being made at the time. Parents could easily key into the surprisingly mature jokes, while their kids delighted in the memorable characters and plethora of toilet humor. Holding it all together was a moral of self-acceptance via the subversion of the traditional fairy tale ending. Shrek's disdain for cliches is perfectly summed up in the opening moments when the titular ogre literally uses the pages of fairy tale books to wipe his large green posterior.

"The Disney model was still very reverential, and very aspirational, and inspirational and the musicals were composed for the movie, so you would never have this indie influence of existing songs dropped in for score, to set a mood," co-director Vicky Jensen explained to ComicBook last year during an interview for the project's 20th anniversary. "So no one, as far as I know, had done that in an animated movie and relied on that to hit the key emotional moments in the movie as a live action movie would."

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Shrek 2 (2004)

The perfect sequel doesn't ex... oh wait, yes it does. It's called Shrek 2, a paragon of how to pull off a second movie in a budding franchise. Picking up after Shrek and Fiona's honeymoon, the film whisks the audience off to the kingdom of Far Far Away to meet Fiona's royal parents. They're not too thrilled over the fact that their daughter married a swamp-dwelling monster, but eventually come to accept their new son-in-law with open arms. In addition to further exploring the themes of what society deems to be "normal," the animated follow-up also introduced viewers to brand-new characters like Puss in Boots.

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Genie (2023)

One of the more recent additions to the library of Peacock Originals, the holiday-themed Genie stars Melissa McCarthy as Flora, a bubbly djinn trying to help the down-on-his-luck Bernard (Paapa Essiedu) turn his life around. Easier said than done, of course. Sam Boyd directed the festive comedy, working off a screenplay written by the great Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually). Denée Benton, Marc Maron, Jordyn McIntosh, Luis Guzmán, and Alan Cumming round out the cast.

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Season of the Witch (2011)

Set against the backdrop of the Middle Ages, Season of the Witch stars Nicolas Cage (Renfield) and Ron Perlman (Hellboy) as a pair of grizzled knights entrusted with the mission of delivering a suspected witch to a band of clerics. Their goal? To bring a swift end to the Black Plague ravaging all of Europe. The project marked Cage's second collaboration with director Dominic Sena after Gone in 60 Seconds over a decade before.

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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

The classic Grimm fairy tale goes dark and edgy under the direction of filmmaker Rupert Sanders (Ghost in the Shell). Twilight alum Kristen Stewart stars as "the fairest of them all," a mantle that sticks in the craw of Charlize Theron's Evil Queen. Wanting to claim the title for herself, the Queen dispatches a ruthless huntsman named Eric (an up-and-coming Chris Hemsworth) to kill the girl. But things don't go according to plan once the bounty hunter decides to team up with Snow White in an effort to take down the throne. Interestingly, this was one of two Snow White-inspired features released in 2012 — the other being Mirror Mirror.

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Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

Ruby Gillman (voiced by Lana Candor) is just your average teenager... with a tentacled secret. She and her family are covert krakens, the mythical and feared creatures of the deep. Except the legends of yore have it all wrong — it's krakens who are the benevolent ones, sworn to protect the oceans from power-hungry mermaids. When she gallantly dives into a body of water to save her high school crush from drowning, Ruby swells to kaiju size and realizes her destiny as a royal defender of the Seven Seas. Toni Collette, Annie Murphy, Sam Richardson, Liza Koshy, Will Forte, Colman Domingo, and Jane Fonda round out the talented voice cast.

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Originally published Sep 14, 2023.

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