Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ray Harryhausen, Effects Innovator, Dies at 92


Here's a link to a video featuring all of his monstrous, wondrous, amazingly detailed cinematic creations. Hard to believe that most of these were released w/in my lifetime, but I have a great memory of seeing "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger", IN THE THEATER, with my dad, and being blown away, to a degree that my older, more jaded self has seldom been since. "One Million Years B.C." was premiering at about the same time I myself was making my earthly debut, so it was as old as I was, when at 12, I finally saw it. As I recall, Raquel Welch in that cavegirl bikini was a surprising distraction from my beloved dinosaurs! The original "Clash of the Titans" came out when I was between Jr. and Sr. High... still think Calibos is uber creepy, and uber cool.   Ask the players in my game if he had any lasting effect on my impressionable young mind.  Thanks, Ray.
(the Tito Puente soundtrack is a cool mash-up, too)