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The Harryhausen Monster Mash

Posted in Film with tags , on June 30, 2011 by joeylabartunek

Thanks to BB for linking to this awesome collection of every Ray Harryhausen  monster ever animated.

As someone who grew up being fascinated, entertained, and inspired by his otherworldly creations (and even meeting the man once!) this warmed a tiny corner of my black heart.

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Clash of the Who?

Posted in Film with tags , , , on April 29, 2009 by joeylabartunek

So apparently the remake of ‘Clash of the Titans’ went into production today, although reading the article that Dark Horizons posted, you wouldn’t know it was even remotely tied to the original, minus the name of the hero, Perseus.  Here’s an excerpt:

Principal photography began Monday on Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ epic action adventure Clash of the Titans, being directed by Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk). The film stars Sam Worthington (upcoming Terminator Salvation and Avatar) and Academy Award® nominees Liam Neeson (Taken, Schindler’s List) and Ralph Fiennes (the “Harry Potter” films, The English Patient).

In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a daring band of warriors, Perseus sets off on a perilous journey deep into forbidden worlds. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his fate and create his own destiny.

I dont know how many of you sat around as a kid and watched this over and over when it was sandwiched between the also incredibly repeated “The Pirate Movie” and “Looker”, but I did, and I loved this movie.  But with these story changes and without the Harryhausen-ian stop motion monsters, it sounds incredibly far removed from the beloved (if anything starring Harry Hamlin could possibly be called beloved) original.  We’ll see.  I swore to at least try and keep an open mind until after something was released, and so I will.