Archive for Ray Harryhausen

RIP Ray Harryhausen

Posted in FILM with tags on May 7, 2013 by dcairns


Words I hoped never to type.

Harryhausen stamped his imagination on the world, and in the process made us all imagine things differently. We can be grateful that he lived long enough to see that his films lasted and were still loved and his artistry was appreciated.

Fiona, meeting him, said, “I was always fascinated and terrified by the very realistic death throes of your creatures. You traumatised me for life!”

“Well, you seem to be alright now,” he said, genially.

“I’m not!” she replied, equally genially.

Also, a respectful limerick.

A Cave Worthy of Plato (with added monster)

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on April 23, 2012 by dcairns

Over at The Chiseler, a personal reminiscence. Because it’s important regularly to return to the source.

And has it occurred to anyone that the cyclops, with its massive, mastiff, jutting jaw, is pretty much a caricature of Torin Thatcher (far left), the movie’s human villain?

For the sake of audience participation, let’s hear about your early movie traumas and first Ray Harryhausen encounters:

All fun and games until someone loses an eye

Posted in FILM, Mythology with tags , , on January 11, 2011 by dcairns

I continue to spread across the internet like a wordy bacillus, with a new posting at Limerwrecks, the Internet’s No. 1 home of movie-related doggerel. A series of postings on Childhood Chills allows me to reminisce about my infantile alarm when faced with Ray Harryhausen’s Cyclops in THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD.


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