All roads lead to Ray Harryhausen…
When I was growing up, our town (like many at the time) had it’s own local theater. It wasn’t one of those big multiplexes you see today but rather a one screen wonder offering standard-sized viewing and a small popcorn machine/soda fountain serving as concessions. I remember the lobby having a musty odor and being adorn in red velvet; the theater seats so old you’d invariably be sitting at an angle. I also recall my grade school friends and I snickering at nude, Greek statues (missing their heads) that stood at opposite sides of the entrance.
The Homewood Theater was already in it’s decline when I was a kid back in the ’70s but, one Saturday during summer months, would provide throwback experiences once commonplace during my parent’s youth. On these occasions, they’d offer affordable “all day” movie experiences featuring family friendly films along with cartoons, Three Stooges shorts, and old serials in between.
Some of the films were pretty hokey (I seem to recall one about Snow White and Rose Red that was particularly grueling) but occasionally were, in my opinion, better than any new releases. In almost all of those cases, they featured the amazing stop-motion effects of Ray Harryhausen. His Sinbad films; particularly The Golden Voyage of Sinbad which was always my favorite of the series, along with Jason and the Argonauts and the Valley of Gwangi spelled Nirvana to a dinosaur/monster fan like myself.
Harryhausen died today at the age of 92, almost a year after his his friend of 75 years, Ray Bradbury, passed away at 91 (Terror Dave homage given HERE). I don’t often make a point to do tributes of fallen celebrities unless they’ve had a personal impact on me. That being said, I hope everyone reading this will take a moment to pause and reflect on the one man guaranteed to have affected us ALL in some way.
This entry was posted on May 7, 2013 by Terror Dave. It was filed under Horror Movies, Science Fiction, Stop Motion and was tagged with 20 mMillions Miles to Earth, Earth vs The Flying Saucers, Family Classics, Frazier Thomas, George Lucas, It Came From Beneath The Sea, James Cameron, LORD OF THE RINGS, PETER JACKSON, Ray Bradbury, Ray Harryhausen, Sinbad, Son of Svengoolie, STAR WARS, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, The Homewood Theater, Valley of Gwangi.