Sinbad tangles with the incredible 'Cyclops' in
The Seventh Voyage Of Sinbad (1958).
A temple Shiva comes to life brandishing six arms with swords in The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1974).
One year before Toho Film Company rolled out a man in a rubber suit
with Godzilla, Ray stunned the world with The
Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953) putting a nuclear spawned dino
smack in the middle of New York city, tromping Wall Street, no less! That's
one of New York's finest in his mouth, by the way. There are moments in
20,000 Fathoms when the realism is truly extraordinary.
Ray teamed up cowboys and prehistoric dino's in
Ray's 'DINO-RAMA' (as it was billed) had some stiff
In 20 Million Miles To Earth (1957), Ray delivers a powerful alien creature from Venus to terrorize the city of Rome (below).
Many years later, an apparent homage from Ray's imagination called The Kraken arose from the sea to devour a sacrificial virgin in Clash Of The Titans (1981).
The 1957 beast clearly inspired young filmmaker & fledgling special effects creator Dennis Muren's monster in the low-budget student film that went international in 1970, Equinox.
Ray's inspiration was evident! Muren went on to work on such films as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The Abyss and E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial. It was reported in Cinefex magazine that some of the younger 'computer based' FX artists coming up had never even seen a Harryhausen film! One director sat his crew down and screened a couple of Harryhausen classics & the comments afterward were ho-hum. The boss's response was - "okay - I want to see you design the creature, make the armature, mold and paint the skin, make the tabletop sets, light the sets and match the rear projection plates, and then animate each frame by hand for 16 hours a day - all by yourself with no assistance - and we'll come back in about 5 days and see what your stuff looks like."