The film world lost a beloved figure last May when Ray Harryhausen died at the age of 92. The visual effects pioneer, writer, and producer used his own brand of stop-motion animation to create amazing fantasy and sci-fi characters for films such as Clash of the Titans, One Million Years B.C. and the Oscar-winning Mighty Joe Young. This month, Regent Square Theater honors the memory of this cinematic legend by screening some of his best works.
July 7th – Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. Considered one of the best alien invasion films of the 1950s.
July 14th – The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, the hero Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war. The film features some of Harryhausen’s most fantastic creations, including the Cyclops, the giant two-headed bird, and the sword-fighting “living skeleton.”
July 21st – Mysterious Island
In this sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Civil War Union POWs escape in a balloon and end up stranded on a South Pacific island inhabited by giant plants and animals. The film was produced by Harryhausen and serves as a showcase for his stop-motion creatures.
July 28th – Jason and the Argonauts
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. The living skeleton in 7th Voyage of Sinbad was so popular that Harryhausen animated an entire army of them for this film. Their iconic fight scene is among many great moments in what is widely regarded as one of Harryhausen’s best works.
All films screen at 8 p.m. Tickets are $9 general admission, $7 for students and seniors.