Cult Classics: The Wrath of Ray Harryhausen

Cult Classics: The Wrath of Ray Harryhausen
There are plenty of new and vicious monsters unleashed in the new Wrath of the Titans, in theaters Friday – from the 30-foot Cyclops and fire-breathing Chimera to the deadly Minotaur waiting in the depths of the Underworld maze – and you can credit all of their inspiration to one man: Ray Harryhausen.

From the original Clash of the Titans in 1981 to Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Mysterious Island (1961) and the Sinbad movies, Harryhausen pioneered the stop-motion animation technique (he himself was inspired by watching the original 1933 King Kong), bringing rubber and clay to life and fueling the imaginations of young moviegoers for decades, reaching back to such matinee favorites as Mighty Joe Young (1949), It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955), Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Cult Classics: 'Mysterious Island'

My first experience of the work of Ray Harryhausen came with a big-screen revival viewing of 1958's The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Already a big fan
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