Review Ray Harryhausen Thread

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  1. Doctor Omega

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    From JASON & THE ARGONAUTS to CLASH OF THE TITANS, via MIGHTY JOE YOUNG and GWANGI... please feel free to have a chat about RAY HARRYHAUSEN and his works here...

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    I met Ray Harryhausen many years ago in London at the Scala Cinema when there was a small convention - and screenings of cult films.

    They showed a montage, much like the one above, and then he walked onstage.

    He had long since retired at that point and was clearly content with that decision.

    He and Forry talked, of course, of how KING KONG had inspired them and Ray said that his favourite film of the ones that he had made was JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.

    Forry talked of his love for the film METROPOLIS. Sadly he did not live to see an almost complete of it being found in 2008.

    After the talk I went up and they both signed my programme. At the time I had just purchased this issue of the brand new comic adaption of KING KONG.

    His eyes widened and he was fascinated by it, obviously pleased to see it, clearly not knowing of it's existence. For - just for a few moments - he was an excited kid again. In retrospect I really wish I had just given it to him, but got it signed instead. Hopefully he got his own copy eventually!

    I believe the event included a screening of JASON and I believe I remember Forry and Ray saying that they had brought a print with them.

    The rest of the event was composed of screenings of some extremely obscure horror films including 2000 maniacs or some such title. I still have the programme somewhere, but there was certainly nothing mainstream! However the biggest memory is of meeting Ray and Forry.

    My own favourites is a toss up between JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS and CLASH OF THE TITANS. :)
     
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  4. Janine The Barefoot

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    Thanks once again Doc! I remember watching double features as a kid when Mom could send my brother and I to the movies for $5 each which included tickets, popcorn and candy. It was a great way for her to get an afternoon off and we grew up watching some of the greatest "B Movies" ever made for a cheaper 4 hours than she could ever have gotten paying a babysitter.

    Harryhausen will always live in my memory as the Grandfather of special effects; especially since he did most of his work "in camera". Something that has more-or-less disappeared altogether in this day and age of "whose got the best CGI" and why. He is one of the reasons I have always supported FX in support of story instead of today's Big Budget Blockbuster "let's pour our whole budget into the FX and if there's room for a story... that's great too.

    It's wrong, it's sad and it's tragic. So thanks for reminding us that there was a time when movies really were magical along with the man who helped make them that way.

    Oh... and I too think Metropolis is a beautiful piece of moving art that was the "once upon a time" that started it all. Yes, Nosferatu was bloody brilliant but it's also a whole different class of film.
     
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    One day, when I was a little kid, my dad was excited for a movie that was coming on TV one Saturday afternoon. He had seen it before (likely in the theater) and wanted his son to experience it as well. He knew I was totally into dinosaurs (aren't all little boys?), and we sat down and watched The Valley of Gwangi together. Loved it! I've seen other RH films since, and liked a lot of them, but Gwangi holds a special place in my childhood.
     
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