August 27th, 2016

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Movie Reviewed: Clash of the Titans (the original)

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Clash of the Titans
(1981)





Starring: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, Ray Harryhausen’s Menagerie
DIR: Desmond Davis

Blurb: [after our focus on Harry’s other outstanding work]; Olympian gods, mythological monsters and heroic mortals populate this imaginative spectacle. Harry Hamlin is Perseus, mortal son of Zeus and champion of captive Andromeda (Julie Bowker). From that storyline [um, is that descriptive a ‘storyline’ or just a… y’know… barebones sentence describing not one whit of plot?], Harryhausen unleashes sea creature Kraken, snake-haired Medusa, swamp denizen Calibos, flying horse Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and all manner of eye-popping adventure. Let the clash begin!

My Blurb: Geez, far be it from me not to bow down to the master of stop motion puppeteering that left me in awe, grinning like a fool and totally believing in the reality of his creations, but we’re really not gonna get a single line about just what the story itself is concerning? No?

Nothing about Dame Maggie Smith? Laurence frickin’ Olivier? Nuthin’, huh.

Well. We know who really should’ve been listed first in the ‘Starring’ credits, then.

Also, there will be a lot of images in this one… Harryhausen… a lot of different creatures… how could I not screen cap ridiculously?



Scene 01: We open on soldiers marching in unified step along a rocky shoreline’d beach. The wind blows, but despite this, there is a light fog. Our phalanx carries among them a large box with an overall feeling of grimness.

There is a woman following along.

Cut to waves crashing on the beachhead and not a word is spoken.
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TBC

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Movie Reviewed: Clash of the Titans (part II of III)

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Scene 22: The following night/week/whenever, presumably another guy has met his doom because Andromeda is again summoned for a new riddle.

This time though, Perseus and Pegasus are ready to follow her into the depths of the swamps. Swamps that seems to be half a world away, judging by the distances being covered! [In fact, it looks briefly like they may have flown into the Everglades.]

In the dark, dank swamp, Andromeda leaves her gilded conveyance to meet with her ex-fiancé and we see what Zeus’ wrath has wrought upon Prince Calibos.





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TBC


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