10 April 2010 6:37 PM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Pictured Above: Ray Harryhausen and his Medusa from Clash of the Titans. Photo courtesy of Ray Harryhausen.

Director Louis Leterrier has raised a box office monster from the deep with his remake of the classic Clash of the Titans, this time starring Sam Worthington as the heroic Perseus who takes on the terrifying creatures of the ancient world.

It comes nearly three decades after the original Clash of the Titans roared on to the big screen.

Back in 1981, the Titans were directed by Desmond Davis and brought to life by the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen, the film's co-producer (with Charles H. Schneer) and creator of special visual effects.

Harryhausen's meticulously-animated creatures - from an era before computer-generated effects - are by now as legendary as the beasts themselves, with his work also seen on screen in such films as 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), One Million Years B.C. »

- David Bentley

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