Ray Harryhausen: A Titan With Class

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Clash of the Titans hit theaters this past weekend and from what I understand, the effects are only so-so. In fact, here’s what some other sources have to say:

Harry from Ain’t it Cool News says:

“By making Medusa’s face beautiful & pale… she looks like bad, character-less CG. Sure, Ray Harryhausen’s Medusa moved about as quickly as Karloff’s MUMMY, but she LOOKED creepy. With one one-thousandth of the animation controls – Harryhausen’s MEDUSA was tragic, deadly and awesome far beyond the modern Medusa in Leterrier’s version.”

And then there’s this from Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal:

“A few more 3-D spectacles like “Clash of the Titans” and audiences will be clamoring for 2-D.”

And finally, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone goes here:

“So you’ll be paying up to six bucks extra for a ticket to wear 3D glasses you don’t need. Take off your glasses during a movie actually filmed in 3D and you’ll see a blurry image. Take off your glasses during Clash of the Titans and everything looks normal.”

Yeah, so, there goes any interest I had in this movie. Beyond even all of this, apparently the acting is quite contrived and vapidly wooden as well. Super. Well, I guess it just goes to show that remakes aren’t always what’s for dinner, especially if the original is, was, and for ever will be, a classic.

Which brings me right to my point. The effects wizardry behind the 1981 original were done by, as everyone ought to know, Ray Harryhausen. Rather that go on a complete tour of what this amazing genius gave to Hollywood, just check out his Wiki entry right HERE.

And here are 15 reasons remaking any more Harryhausen flicks will only result in heart break.


Mighty Joe Young


The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms


The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad


It Came From Beneath The Sea


Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers



20 Million Miles to Earth


The Three Worlds of Gulliver


Mysterious Island


Jason and the Argonauts


First Men in the Moon


One Million Years, B.C.


The Valley of Gwangi


The Golden Voyage of Sinbad


Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger


Clash of the Titans