Since its publication near the turn of the 20th century, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds has seen lots of adaptations. One that didn’t happen, however, and we really wish had, was by legendary filmmaker and stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. Now we can finally see what Harryhausen had in mind.
For the special effects nerd in me this was the coolest scene in yesterday's Game of Thrones' finale. Not because it was particularly brilliant, but because it reminded me of Ray Harryhausen and his skeletons in Jason and the Argonauts. WARNING: THIS CLIP CONTAINS A MAJOR SPOILER.
The ultimate creator of movie monsters is gone. The prolific visual effects artist, and creator of our epic fantasy dreams, Ray Harryhausen, has died.
Jurassic Park was one of the last nails in the coffin for stop-motion animation—a special effects technique that had brought dinosaurs to the silver screen almost 50 years ago. But before the advent of computer graphics it was considered the cutting edge of visual effects, thanks to the work of a man named Ray…
This marvelous little video catalogues all of stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen's cinema beasts in chronological order, from Mighty Joe Young to Clash of the Titans. Take a trip down memory lane and into the Valley of Gwangi.
Many of us grew up gorging on the Ray Harryhausen Sinbad series, which started in the 1950s with The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. There were fighting skeletons, a stop-motion cyclops, and more. But should the franchise really get an update?
Don't you hate it when you're stealing embryos from a secret government cloning facility and you swipe the Anti-Christ clone? Plus a first look at Nick Frost's alien invasion flick Attack The Block!
The best place in the United States to sit and feel the ghostly presence of early 20th century science fiction is probably Clifton's Cafeteria in Los Angeles, which was the epicentre of 1930s pulp scifi.
You've already admired Ray Harryhausen's breathtaking stop-motion animation and creature design in films like The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad and Jason And The Argonauts. But now, if you're in London, you can see his incredible work up close and personal.
The new Clash of the Titans flick is promising some seriously good monster. I mean, have you see that kraken's mouth? Holy crap. But how do its monsters stack up against the original 1981 Clash with Ray Harryhausen effects?
This short, silent clip of Ray Harryhausen's stop-action Martian emerging from its crashed spaceship (a 1940s study for an unmade War of the Worlds) cries out for some Don Martin/Mad magazine-esque onomatopoeia - but all I've got is a SCHLOOMP and a couple of SPLATS. I know you can do better.
You can never get enough dinosaurs in space, and that's why indie filmmaker Larry Arpin spent the last several years filming his dinotastic space opera Galactic Raiders in the deepest California desert. The whole flick is done old-school, from the Ray Harryhausen-style, stop-motion dinos, to the retro Mitchell camera…