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Ray Harryhausen's Legacy: The Golden Age of Special Effects in Science Fiction & Fantasy Films

  • Aug 1, 2011
This list is dedicated to fellow sci-fi, fantasy, and classic special effects enthusiast Karen (QUEENBFLIX). I hope this will give her her Harryhausen nostalgia fix.

When I think back on the history of special effects in films, there are a select number of people who immediately spring to mind for their resourcefulness, their innovation, their creativity, and their audacity to go beyond the boundaries of what has been done before without knowing whether their efforts will end in success or failure. It requires a great deal of imagination and patience to create scenes of fantasy and spectacle that are realistic enough to enable viewers to suspend their disbelief while at the same time providing them with a uniquely heightened quality that reminds them of the wonders of the motion picture medium. Of the many great special effects artists that have risen in prominence, it's hard to imagine anyone as celebrated and inspiring as Ray Harryhausen.

It's rare for a person who works behind the camera to receive the same kind of acclaim and kudos of those who are thrust into the spotlight. Additionally, it's not often that a special effects creator is even more revered than the directors, writers, and actors with whom he has collaborated. Yet Ray Harryhausen has achieved this kind of fame through his technical wizardry and his generosity in giving moviegoers what they crave: adventure.

With this list I hope to showcase Harryhausen's extraordinary talent and his miraculous manipulation of models, puppets, and stop-motion animation to create vividly realized scenes of the fantastic.
Mighty Joe Young
Ray got to meet his hero Willis O'Brien, the man responsible for the groundbreaking combination of stop-motion animation and live-action in the classic adventure films The Lost World and King Kong, and was given critical advice on how to create more realistic models. Ray took that advice to heart and years later he worked with O'Brien on another fantasy-adventure film starring a stop-motion animated gorilla, but it wasn't King Kong this time,  rather Mighty Joe Young. The film improved upon the animation seen sixteen years earlier in Kong and the use of animated models interacting with actors was even more impressive.

Memorable scenes:
In one scene, not entirely dissimilar to a scene in Kong, Mighty Joe Young is taken to Hollywood and forced to be part of an act on stage, but things go awry and the giant gorilla displays both his power and his fierce dislike of being exploited by having a tug-of-war and battling a group of strongmen including famous Italian boxer Primo Carnera.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
Not only was it one of the first great monster movies of the 1950s, not only was it inspired by a short story by Ray Bradbury, not only was it the first film collaboration between producer Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen, it's also got the best title of any disaster flick to exploit Cold War paranoia and atomic fears to make a classic movie.
As it turns out, an atomic bomb test in the Arctic causes an ancient dinosaur-like creature called Rhedosaurus to awaken from it's frozen state of hybernation and terrorize the world. Originally the story by Bradbury was quite short and simply told of a dinosaur that was attracted to a lighthouse by the sound of a foghorn and after attacking the lighthouse, it collapsed on the dinosaur and killed it. Well, that wouldn't do for a film version, so it was decided to have the dinosaur survive the battle with the lighthouse and go after an entire city of people instead. Why not? It worked for Godzilla in the Japanese film Gojira one year later.

Memorable scenes:
Just about any scene of the rhedosauras wreaking havoc and destruction is classic. The lighthouse scene is indeed iconic and captures the seed of the idea of Bradbury's short story and the attack on the city is simply stunning for its day.

It Came From Beneath the Sea
In It Came from Beneath the Sea, Ray Harryhausen continued to show his predilection for creating colossal monsters and having them devastate famous landmarks. This time he utilizes a giant octopus, though in reality it's a hextopus since he only gave it six tentacles, which ravages the Golden Gate Bridge. The film's story, like so many stories during the '50s, was a cautionary tale about bomb testing and the dangers that nature could unleash upon humankind if technology was not kept in check. Between a love story, commentary about military conflict, and a good-old-fashioned disaster film plot, there's a lot to enjoy here.

Memorable scenes:
The afore-mentioned attack on the Golden Gate Bridge is probably the only real moment that is remembered from the film by casual moviegoers, but it is a doozy and an iconic scene of epic proportions.

Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Ah, the 1950s and the fear of outsiders coming in to destroy American civilization... sounds like a good inspiration for an alien invasion film to me. And of course, what a great analogy for Cold War anxiety!
Aliens are attracted to a satellite system created by the Americans and the damn Americans fire on them out of fear for their lives and inadvertently start a war between humankind and the aliens in their flying saucers. Let the war on famous landmarks commence! Ray Harryhausen employed some interesting techniques in this low-budget favorite that manages to rival, if not surpass, the effects in films that cost twice as much at the time. The story, which bears resemblance to H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and was the inspiration for Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, is fairly dated in terms of acting, special effects, and storytelling, but it makes up for that in campy fun and nostalgia.

Memorable scenes:
The aliens attacking Washington, D.C. was so shockingly unforgettable that not only was it mimicked and imitated and parodied in countless other films, but it helped to boost tourism to the Washington Monument during the '50s. I wonder if Ray got any extra money out of that deal...

20 Million Miles To Earth
When it boils down to it, 20 Million Miles of Earth is basically King Kong with an alien instead of a gorilla and minus the jungle love story which has been replaced with an Italian love story. The film is about a space shuttle returning from Venus and crashing into the Mediterranean Sea. Inside it carries an unexpected visitor, an alien egg specimen which is found by a young boy who then sells the egg to a scientist, where the egg hatches and the Ymir, a Venusian reptile creature, is born into captivity. But as the Ymir grows, he frees himself and escapes out into the world where he is met with fear and violence at the hands of his Earthling enemies, all the while his time on Earth enhances his power and causes him to grow. As a metaphor for escalation and fear-induced violence, the story is as relevant to day as it was in 1957, perhaps more so.

Memorable scenes:
There are a lot of great scenes in this film including the scene in which the Ymir first gets a taste of human hostility when an ignorant farmer and his dog go after the Ymir in a barn. Another wonderful scene is the Ymir's fight with an elephant (again recalling Kong) and his final stand atop the Roman Coliseum.

But for its simplicity, epic scale, and iconic quality, I have to say my favorite scene is the discovery of the shuttle in the sea, the image of a giant brought down in ruins just really encapsulates the whole message of the film.

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
After a slew of science fiction disaster movies featuring giant creatures destroying famous landmarks, both Ray Harryhausen and his long-time friend and producer Charles Schneer decided that it was time to move on to something new and different. Science fiction had ruled the cinema during the Cold War paranoia of the 1950s when aliens and giant monsters became symbolic of political concerns, yet by the late '50s these films had virtually all but blended together in their unoriginality, so Harryhausen and Schneer made the decision to test the waters of another genre: the fantasy adventure. In their minds, the first thing that had to be done was to find new monsters, so the two looked to the ancient past and old myths from around the world and then Ray came upon the perfect hero to battle these monsters... for who epitomized adventure better than the daring sailor Sinbad? In 1958 the result of their imaginations was unleashed upon the screen in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, the first major motion picture to feature the merging of stop-motion animation and live-action in dazzling Technicolor!

Memorable scenes:
Like the Middle Eastern legends which inspired it, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad was chock full of astonishing adventures in which Sinbad and his brave crew came up against the strange and fearsome forces of evil. However, unlike in the original legends, Harryhausen took some liberties and had Sinbad face-off with creatures from other mythologies such as the cyclops. He would also introduce the world to what would become his most famous creation... the stop-motion animated skeleton warrior, who later would be given an iconic treatment in Jason and the Argonauts.

Sinbad also fought against a giant two-headed bird called the Roc and a monstrous fire-breathing dragon. But there were other special effects that didn't utilize animation that were just as memorable such as the 'shrinking' of the princess and the appearances and disappearances of the Genie.

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
While the 1960s ushered in a new era of science fiction that was more realistic and thought-provoking than the previous decade, fantasy films remained as gloriously imaginative and light-hearted as ever and this fun adaptation of the classic Jonathan Swift satirical novel is proof. Though it didn't feature as much stop-motion animation as the other films Harryhausen worked on, it did give him the opportunity to explore the possibilities of playing with the scale of his characters as Gulliver (played by Kerwin Mathews who had been Sinbad in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad) visited different environs where he was either a giant capable of ending a war single-handed or a tiny little man who could be threatened by a mere domesticated cat.

Memorable scenes:
Among the most memorable scenes in the film are those in which the different scales of the characters are emphasized in extraordinary shots using either trick photography or special effects. The most famous of these images in the iconic image of Gulliver as he awakes on the beach to discover that the tiny Lilliputians have tied him, however ineffectively, to the ground.

Mysterious Island
As an adaptation of the classic Jules Verne tale, Mysterious Island comes off as something of a disappointment when one takes into consideration the many liberties that the film takes with its addition of giant creatures bred by the notorious Captain Nemo. However, as a work of cinema the film is an incredible and engaging work that in some ways becomes more imaginative and more adventurous than the its source material. The story follows a group of people escaping the violence of the American Civil War as they take off in a hot air balloon and end up being caught in a storm which carries them far out to see and leaves them stranded on an island full of uncanny creatures and great dangers. The action sequences are simply breathtaking.

Memorable scenes:
There are many scenes which manage to burn their way into the memory banks of viewers.
The sequence with the giant bee is also one which is haunting for many children who can't help but wonder what a bee sting from a bee that size would feel like.
For me, the battle with the giant crab is absolutely marvelous in both its conception and execution (however I'm sad to say that the model was not created by Harryhausen so much as preserved by him, if you catch my meaning) due to its fantastical realism.

Jason and the Argonauts
Quite easily one of the all-time greatest fantasy films, Jason and the Argonauts, which was written by Beverley Cross who later penned the last film Harryhausen worked on, Clash of the Titans, became a classic of adventure and fantasy and remains a beloved film. Jason and the Argonauts upped the ante on action, but more than any other film that Harryhausen created effects for, it was also the best acted and most well-written. The story was inspired by the Greek myth of Jason and the Golden Fleece, in which Prince Jason cannot ascend to throne because it has been stolen by his wicked uncle Pelias, but he is told that should he obtain the legendary Golden Fleece his kingdom shall be returned to him. The film takes the basics of the myth and breathes new life into them by incorporating elements of other myths and adding a bit of political intrigue to the story as Jason is manipulated by Pelias and his son as well as standing up to the very gods of Olympus themselves.

Memorable scenes:
Almost every frame of this movie is memorable as far as I'm concerned and there can be no doubt that the iconic scene in which Jason and his Argonauts battle seven reanimated skeleton warriors is one of the most amazing scenes ever put on film. However, the scene in which Jason and his men rescue a blind seer, Phineas, from the vulture-like harpies is also stunning in its execution. Not to be forgotten is the battle between the Argonauts and the giant man of bronze, Talos, who comes to life after Hercules steals from the vaunted treasure Talos guards. The fight between Jason and the six-headed Hydra is another stunning example of how talented Harryhausen was at working with multiple elements and bringing them together seamlessly.

But still, nothing compares to that final scene with the resurrected skeletons for its sheer audacity and precise animation.

First Men in the Moon
Based upon the H.G. Wells novel of the same name, this retro sci-fi tale from 1964 tells of the creation of a space vehicle which is launched into space via an anti-gravity substance dubbed Cavorite and lands on the moon with a small group of lunar explorers lead by Arnold Bedford. What they aren't prepared for is what's waiting for them beneath the surface of the seemingly serene moon. Bedford, his fiancée Kate, and a scientist named Joseph Cavor (played to campy perfection by Lionel Jeffries) discover that there is intelligent life after all, but it's not what they or anyone would expect. A race of ant-like men, called Selenites, live underground and they interrogate the humans after very quickly establishing an understanding of English and as it turns out plan to use the Cavorite to attack Earth.
All in all, the story is very dated, but there's a charm here that is reminiscent of Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Memorable scenes:
The introduction of the Selenites is quite memorable even though they don't really pose much of a threat in terms of their appearance despite their insidious nature. The appearance of the 'moon-cows' (don't ask me why that name actually got used), giant space caterpillar-like creatures that are similar to the worms in Dune, are also very memorable.

But perhaps the most unforgettable scene is the scene depicting the Victorian space craft being hurled into space and landing on the moon.

One Million Years B.C.
Ray Harryhausen animation, Hammer Films, dinosaurs, and Raquel Welch as a sexy cave-woman in a fur bikini. What more could one ask for?
This 1966 fantasy-adventure film has gone on to become a cult classic and for a number of very good reasons mentioned above. The anachronistic story elements which bring humans and prehistoric beasts together isn't the film's strong point and it sure doesn't act as an historically accurate guide to the life of neanderthals, but as an alternate history or as a pulp adventure, it works rather nicely. The film is remembered for its cheesiness and especially for the iconic image of a scantily clad Raquel Welch as Loanna the Fair One.

Memorable scenes:

More so than any other Harryhausen film, this one is more memorable for the appearance of its stunning starlet than for any single special effect or piece of animation, but having said that there is some great animation here of various dinosaurs and particularly of battles between dinosaurs such as the one featuring the triceratops and the ceratosaurus.

The Valley of Gwangi
Capitalizing on the success of the previous anachronistic meeting between humans and dinosaurs, The Valley of Gwangi goes to even greater degrees of pulp magazine silliness and adventure by introducing Weird West elements. So, what you end up with is a rousing action film about cowboys and dinosaurs. The story owes something to the 1925 silent film production of The Lost World and there are a number of sequences which are clearly inspired by that film, but the tone is perhaps less serious and more playful.

Memorable scenes:
This is the only Harryhausen film I've never seen in its entirety and thus it makes it hard to say what the most memorable scene is, but from what I have seen of it the most iconic scene would have to be the one in which a small group of cowboys lasso the allosaurus Gwangi. The scene is stunning in how seamlessly it combines the live-action actors on horseback with the stop-motion Gwangi and how the ropes which go from one to the other match.

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
It's hard to argue the adventurous appeal of Sinbad, though the follow-ups to the 1958 adventure never reach the same level of high quality entertainment of the original. Part of the problem comes from the direction which feels rather lackadaisical, part of the issue arrives from the casting as none of the actors to portray Sinbad after Kerwin Mathews manages to be as convincingly heroic or fun-loving, and part of the fault can be placed with the dull and unoriginal villain. But it cannot be denied that the special effects improve with each Sinbad film and 1974 sequel The Golden Voyage of Sinbad features a stunning array of effects including one fight scene that was very much ahead of its time. Sure the plot is silly and there are gaps of logic in the story that are so large Sinbad could sail his ship through them. Who cares?! The films are still a great deal of fun and with eye candy like Caroline Munro and the living figurehead of the boat.

Memorable scenes:
Considering that the budget was less than a million dollars, something unheard of in action films at that time, the special effects here are even better than those in the first film. The fight between the savage one-eyed centaur and the noble griffin is pure Harryhausen magic and like many of the monster vs. monster fights owes a debt to the scene in the 1933 King Kong where Kong battles a tyrannosaurus rex. Another scene that took the action to new levels involved the figurehead of Sinbad's ship being brought to life by an evil magician's spell which then caused the figurehead to attack the crew. But undoubtedly the most memorable and impressive scene has got to be the one in which the evil magician brings a statue of the six-armed Hindi goddess Kali to life and makes it do his bidding.

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is at once the weakest and greatest of the Sinbad films. What it lacks in coherence and acting it more than makes up for in its sheer excitement and pulpy fun. The script, which was written by Beverley Cross (the only Sinbad film he ever wrote), has all the classic elements of a good pulp fiction adventure and sword and sorcery. There are plenty of clever anachronistic touches and tongue in cheek jokes that knowingly and lovingly poke fun at the film. It's this self-referential humor, the interesting cast, and the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen that make this one memorable. Oh, and then there's the beautiful young Jane Seymour barely clothed in an Arabic harem outfit. Who could forget that?!

Actor Patrick Wayne who portrayed Sinbad in this film is the son of legendary Western actor John Wayne.
Patrick Troughton who plays the Greek philosopher, alchemist, and metaphysicist Melanthius was the second actor to play Dr. Who.
The sexy young Taryn Power, who playes Melanthius' daughter, is the daughter of the matinee screen idol Tyrone Power.

Memorable scenes:
Well, Jane Seymour and Taryn Power's brief, partial nude bathing scene is certainly memorable. LOL!

Seriously though, the film's use of animation is just as great as the prior installments although there are fewer scenes. The prince who is turned into a baboon and remains so throughout the film never achieves the realism of the other animated characters, but that's forgiven as he lends some unintentional humor to the proceedings...  as does the attack of a laughable giant walrus. The bronze robotic minotaur remains an iconic figure in my mind. And obviously the addition of Trog the troglodyte is very memorable and his battle with the sabre-tooth tiger is simply brilliant.

Clash of the Titans
Ray Harryhausen realized that with special effects being evolving and with the use of new techniques such as animatronics, the marriage of stop-motion animation and live-action may come to an end, so the last film he worked on was the Desmond Davis directed 1981 fantasy film The Clash of the Titans. The film was inspired by the Greek myth of Perseus and Medusa, but featured some uniquely modern twists including the addition of Pegasus and a clock-work golden and silver  owl named Bubo.
While the film wasn't quite the box office success that it was hoped to be, mainly due to the smash hit Raiders of the Lost Ark being released on the same day, it has since been praised by prominent film critics and historians as being some of Ray's best work and it has developed a very loyal fan base. Later in 2010, a remake was released, but the film was widely panned by critics for its deviation from both the original Greek myth and for its overabundance of computer generated effects, which lacked the hand-made charm and imagination of Ray's stop-motion models.

Memorable scenes:
There are so many wonderful scenes in which Harryhausen shows his mastery of his art form and creates images on screen that are so wondrous and thrilling that it's a bit difficult to attempt to select just a few as being the most memorable.

Undoubtedly, the climactic confrontation between Perseus and Medusa is a masterpiece, but I'm also equally fond of the battle between Perseus and his allies and the giant scorpions, and there are few who will ever forget the appearance of the formidable Kraken. Yet the most stunning work in the film may not even be the action scenes, but rather the use of two characters (one who hasn't always been given proper respect): the flying horse Pegasus and the mechanical owl Bubo.

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August 11, 2011
I have actually seen all these films! The best being the Sinbad, Gulliver and Jason movies. Some of the effects in those other movies look ridiculous. He will always be remembered for the swordfight with the skeletons.
August 11, 2011
Yes, the sword fight between the Argonauts and the skeletons remains one of my favorite scenes in any films.
August 09, 2011
Great pictures !
August 09, 2011
Thanks. You a Harryhausen fan too?
August 10, 2011
August 08, 2011
I love it!The perfect present! Blessings upon you. I was going to ask why you didn't include IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE on your list, but then I realized that his work on that film wasn't exactly extensive.
August 09, 2011
I considered covering all of his films, including the early fairy tale short films, but finding photos and having to name the most memorable scene in a short film that may only have a scene or two or three was too difficult.
August 16, 2011
August 17, 2011
Have you seen his early short films from before he worked on Mighty Joe Young? You can get the fairy tale films and some cool interviews, featurettes, etc. in a nice set.
August 24, 2011
When he appeared in Chicago at the film festival Harryhausen showed a number of them, and I had seen a few before ages ago. As for buying a set--I wish I could. Things are back to being very tight again since Benji has been officially diagnosed as very high functioning Asperger's and Alex looks like he's going to need some sort of very expensive treatments for his growth problem. (The boys just started the 6th grade and Alex is still the size of a 1st grader.) I look forward to the next time I can get enough money together for a quart of hot and sour soup.
August 24, 2011
Hmmm, that's too bad. It's a nice set. Sorry to hear things have been hard on the kiddos.
August 24, 2011
They just told Benji that he has Asperger's the other day, and they gave him a book to read that had been written by another Aspies kid. Poor Benji was just sobbing his eyes out about a third of the way in so they had to tell him that it all worked out okay. The only reason that they felt they had to tell him at all is because he IS in middle school now and there is a zero tolerance for violence or threats of violence and Benji gets very frustrated and reacts inappropriately. For instance he was bullied all year in 5th grade by this one kid and by the end of the year it just totally got to him. One day his computer wouldn't start up in class fast enough and he started getting really upset, so a friend asked him what was wrong and Benji screamed back "Shut up or I'll kill you!" then he started hitting himself in the head. He's never acted that way, but after an entire year of bullying he blew up. That would get him suspended in middle school unless he was qualified as being handicapped which a diagnosis of Asperger's would do. Too bad he's such a non-aggressive kid. What he should have is just told the bully to meet him off the school grounds one day--and take Alex along with him. Alex is a tiger.
August 24, 2011
LOL! You mean that literally or figuratively? I didn't know you had tigers in your family... Wow!
August 24, 2011
Figuratively I'd say he's a Monkey and a Leo because he's very representative of his two birth signs, but I'd say that if you pissed him off you'd better watch out because he is literally a tiger. As a tiny third grader a 5th grade bully pushed him away from the bathroom sink and Alex just went right back up there and gave him one sharp, bony elbow hard in the ribs. That kid never bothered Alex again. No one has.
August 24, 2011
(In my best Sergeant Friday impersonation)
Just make sure he knows, "Pugilism doesn't pay."
August 24, 2011
The odd thing is that he's very non-aggressive when he spars--he'll never make the first move. If he's fighting someone who's aggressive though he will go after them hard. It'll be interesting to see what happens at his first kung fu tournament over the Labor Day weekend. In Tae Kwan Do they weren't allowed to punch at all, kick to the head, sweep, or use take downs. At this tournament they'll be allowed to do all of that except take downs. Sifu Deng is training Alex in private lessons but it's difficult since there's no once his size to fight against. Kris is taking his old TKD sparing gear to class next time so that the bigger kid won't be afraid to go after him. They're going to be using a 13 years old.
August 24, 2011
Why am I picturing sweet little Alex fiercely taking on thugs armed with baseball bats and bicycle chains all by his lonesome? LOL!
August 24, 2011
He wouldn't need weapons. Which reminds me, he's going to get his sword soon. I'm so excited. He already has his bo of course. Since he's a member of the demo team he didn't have a choice as to what his first real weapon would be, thus the sword. I can really see him with a steel whip one day--or maybe hook swords...
August 24, 2011
What kind of sword is he getting... katana, dao, jian?
August 25, 2011
No kataas in kung fu. He's getting a Chinese broadsword.
August 29, 2011
That'll be equally fun (for him) and terrifying (for everyone else). LOL! If there are two things that scare the shit out of parents it's when their kids learn to drive and when their kids become weapons experts.
August 31, 2011
What scares me more is the way they never seem to be paying any attention to the way other kids are flailing THEIR weapons around--I've seen an awful lot of near misses. Okay, they're only aluminium blades, but they can still poke an eye out--and they can cause a pretty nasty paper cut themselver.
August 02, 2011
Wow--what an awesome list!! I've seen a few of these years ago; One Million Years B.C. stood out as I remember seeing Raquel Welch in it. You went to lots of trouble to make this list and it's great!!
August 02, 2011
Thanks.Yeah, this one was time consuming. Lately I've only been able to get onto the computer for about 10 to 15 minutes per day, so I had to type this up bit by bit while updating the topics and finding suitable photos online. I'm glad you enjoyed it. : )
August 08, 2011
Raquel Welch is indeed eye-catching...I own the dvd and Blu on that one LOL
August 08, 2011
I'm still hoping they'll do a 2-disc DVD of that with interviews and an audio commentary.
August 08, 2011
the Blu has it I think....
August 01, 2011
Very fun list. I'm happy to say that I've seen some of these films too!
August 02, 2011
Merci beaucoup. This was the list I'd been working on a bit each day for about a week.
August 02, 2011
Well, congrats on finishing it! It came out quite nicely too!
August 02, 2011
Wish I could have found decent video clips for each. Oh well, hopefully Karen will like it.
August 02, 2011
I'm sure she will! And, you'll have to take some yourself if you ever rent these films.
August 02, 2011
I own most of these. I just don't have a way to record video.
August 03, 2011
Ah! Well, maybe you could borrow equipment from the library or something. I know college libraries allow you to check out media supplies that you could probably use, but I think you have to be a student. If you have a friend that's a student, they could always help you.
August 03, 2011
They don't have video devices either. The college might but they can be tricky to get a hold of since their media department is always in high demand.
August 03, 2011
Well, it is summer time, so now would be the best time to try and reserve the equipment. I know my university let me reserve the equipment for a later date if it was reserved when I originally wanted it.
August 08, 2011
Have you seen any of these where you were interested in mythology?
August 10, 2011
Confused by the way you stated this question. I did see some of these, as mentioned in my first comment. I used to watch these films a lot with my father. The ones I've seen include: 6, 7, 9, 13, and 14.
August 10, 2011
Nah, I'm confused. I can't seem to coherently articulate myself. What I meant was, because I know you're a fan of myths, of the films here that were inspired by mythology, which ones had you seen? Anyway, you pretty much answered. I am surprised you haven't seen "Clash of the Titans". Sure, it's a little cheesy, but it's a classic.
August 11, 2011
No problem, I'm glad I basically answered it. I might have seen "Clash of the Titans." It looked familiar, but it's been so long since I've watched any of them. I left it off my list purely because I wasn't sure anymore.
August 01, 2011
oh sweet Mary....this list is awesome!! I mean I cannot decide what to look at first....but two of them in particular really stood out! guess which?
August 01, 2011
Um, "One Million B.C." and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger"?
August 01, 2011
Well, was I on the money?
August 01, 2011
yup...it is uncanny.
August 01, 2011
I'm afraid to say you're predictable. Had I included photos of Caroline Munro in "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" or of Judi Bowker in "Clash of the Titans" or of Nancy Kovack in "Jason in the Argonauts", you'd probably have chosen those too. LOL!
August 01, 2011
I am not arguing that....LOL
August 01, 2011
Well, here's Nancy Kovack as Medea in "Jason and the Argonauts" from 1963.

Here's Caroline Munro in "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad" from 1974.

And here's Judi Bowker as Andromeda in "Clash of the Titans" from 1981.
August 01, 2011
Methinks Caroline Munro should have played Vampirella.
August 01, 2011
now I am happy :)
August 01, 2011

And now I am happy.
August 01, 2011
my day is complete :)
August 03, 2011
oo-gah oo-gah.
August 08, 2011
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