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So, I’ve had Ray Harryhausen on the brain lately, though he’s never very far from my mind because I follow the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation‘s account on Twitter.
A few weeks ago, they were tweeting about a number of Harryhausen’s movies that would be airing in the UK over the bank holiday weekend. One of the films was “It Came From Beneath the Sea” — a fabulous sci-fi thriller from 1955 which features an amazing giant octopus created by Ray.
It also happened to be a film I had never seen. So that was my Tuesday night sorted out! Side note: I watched the colourized version, and while I normally don’t like to see the colourization of black and white films (or photography for that matter), this movie definitely benefited from the addition of colour!
The four-year anniversary of the animation legend’s death was earlier this month, and while I was programming some tweets for the day, I reread my previous post, “Creature Feature: Ray Harryhausen’s Mythical Menagerie“. Then a friend sent me a link to a Harryhausen article on one of my new favourite blogs: Wolfbane Blooms. A few days later, Wolfbane Blooms posted yet another Harryhausen article that really piqued my interest: “The 10 Best Ray Harryhausen Monsters“.
A list. You KNOW I love lists! And monsters. And Ray Harryhausen. Sooo… surely you know what’s coming now: My own top 10 list! Now, since Ray didn’t like using the term “monster” for his creations, I’m not going to limit my list to only the “monsters”. After all, not all of his creatures were baddies! Continue reading