Ray Harryhausen


Saddened to hear news of the death of one of my childhood film heroes. Ray Harryhausen’s work fixed itself in the mind of the viewer. To a 10 year old boy the films were terrifying and exhilarating. Jason and the Argonauts, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad and Clash Of The Titans were superb examples of stop frame animation. But my favourite was always the even more surreal “Valley of the Gwangi”.

I loved westerns and dinosuars, and here was a western with a Tyrannosaurus Rex as the main villain. The scene where it escapes its cage in the bullring and rampages through the place, eating spectators, was as wild and scary as anything in Jurassic Park. RIP.