Mike Matei / October 22nd, 2016
Clash of the Titans (1981) Monster Madness X #22
October 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm
Odd choice, but I can see why you chose it.
Personally I like the remake better especially for the linear storytelling. Still, both are effects laden well enough for the times they were made. However, you can’t go wrong with Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades though you’ll hate the sequel Wrath of the Titans.
October 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm
The remake was an INSULT!
October 22, 2016 at 2:57 pm
Agreed. The remake was crap.
October 23, 2016 at 11:47 pm
Totally agreed the remake was crap …They make a remake for the cg effects that’s all the story wasn’t really great either. A classic is a CLASSIC DON’T TOUCH!
October 23, 2016 at 11:49 pm
By the way, I’m sure that everybody would agree on that, you don’t want Hollywood to make a remake of the 4-5-6 episode of star wars it would ruined it for sure .
October 22, 2016 at 1:38 pm
I really liked the effects in this movie, but just like Jason and the Argonauts I found it to be really slow moving. It might be because I didn’t see them until a year ago or so, and they were built up as some of the best movies ever made.
October 23, 2016 at 11:50 pm
JAson and the argonauts is the best I luv this movie a lot for his animatics stuff and all great great movie.
October 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm
Hi James, I’m not sure how often you check these comments, but I noticed that you said you wished they’d made a video game of Clash of the Titans. Well, they came very close with The Battle of Olympus. This was one of my favorite games as a kid and is effectively Zelda II/Castlevania II with Greek Myth superimposed. It was just as cryptic as those games, but if you happened to be a nerd for those old stories, you has a clear advantage. Not sure how well known this one is–I think my parents got out copy from The Home Shopping Network!–but totally worth a look. Oh, and great review.
October 22, 2016 at 1:47 pm
Clash of the titans video game with God of war game style Awesome idea 😀
October 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm
When I was a kid, my friends and I were on the topic of strongest swords. He-man’s Power Sword was on the list, as was Lion-O’s Sword of Omens. Because of my love of this movie, I would throw in Perseus’ Sword of the God’s. It could “slice through solid marble without the slightest blemish.”
October 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm
I’ve never watched the remake too, but I think I may have found what to do tonight.
October 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Fun fact! I won’t go into any spoilers but Perseus is in God of War II. Harry Hamlin returns to voice Perseus in the 2007 video game. If you guys haven’t gone through the series, I highly recommend God of War, God of War II and God of War III.
October 22, 2016 at 4:34 pm
there is a video game related to the Story:
PHELIOS by Namco Arcade as well as a Genesis Port
You plaly perseus flying on the winged Horse. It has the 3 blind witches as well as Medusa as stage bosses.
BTW Star Wars was full of Stop-Motion FX (taun tauns, AT-AT, AT-ST, Rancor, Star Wars chess just to name some) and started the Career of Stop-Motion Master Phil Tippet, who also brought several famous Film character to life using Stop-frame Animation like the Dragon from Dragon Slayer (one of the most excellent Go Motion Animation there is, also ED209, the bad Robot from Robocop 2, Tippet also created amazing Stop-Motion Test footage for Jurrassic Park – the film which actually turned out to bury Stop-Motion as a Feature film FX Technique.
If you like Stop Frame animation – check out my studiopage
October 22, 2016 at 9:30 pm
Age of Mythology is another video game with a lot of Greek mythology in it.
October 22, 2016 at 4:31 pm
Good thing greek mytho is a dead religion, heh? Imagine the flamewars! Although I must say, this movie isn’t very halloweenesque, but oh well. A movie that scared me to death as a kid, so much that I wanted to leave the theater, was Phantom starring Ben Affleck haha. Ok movie, interesting ideas in it.
October 22, 2016 at 4:41 pm
Okay, now you’ve purposely strayed from horror.
This is fantasy, through and through.
“Weekend Whatever,” though!
October 22, 2016 at 4:48 pm
Hi James, how are you? I’m a fan from Brazil. I heard you saying that this movie could have a game version. Have you ever played the indie developer Locomalito´s games? You’re gonna love it. “The Curse of Issyos” is inspired by thismovie and Ray Harryhausen work. Also take a look at “Gaurodan”, “Maldita Castilla” and “l’Abbaye des Morts”. Hugs!
October 22, 2016 at 8:11 pm
I haven’t seen this movie in quite awhile… and I don’t intend to see it again. I always thought that it was very disappointing. The plot was weak, the dialogue was lackluster, and the acting was a bit weak in places. I appreciate what they were trying to do, but honestly, it is a big letdown. Never saw it as a horror story, it’s about as frightening as a kid in a Halloween costume, saying, “Boo”! As for the stop motion… it was pretty much dead by 81, and in this film it was showing its’ age. It was fine back in the day, but it wouldn’t pass muster w/ today’s audiences. While I’m glad that stop motion had its’ final hurrah… it’s just too bad that it had to be this movie.
October 22, 2016 at 8:43 pm
I honestly never liked stop motion that much…except for when Harryhausen did it, as here, as he actually put the time to make it right. Elsewhere, it takes me out much like bad CGI does, with plastic-looking monsters moving spasmodically as if in a different plane of existence. So it’s understandable that by the 80s it was being phased out. Still, at least they saved the best for last, in a way.
October 22, 2016 at 9:28 pm
It’s sort of the best of Greek mythology, aka a Greek mythology anthology.
October 22, 2016 at 9:58 pm
Wow I too was scared as a kid from this movie. The Cracken, Medusa, the mother statue, and that guy who turned into a monster all scared me. I thought the Cracken on the new version was really scary too. By the way there is a video game called Titan Quest that has the elements of the movie in it. It was a fun game I got so far into it and had the best armor but then lost my saved charactor and didn’t feel like doing it over again. Check it out it had end bosses like in the story of the movie. Titan Quest is on Steam.
October 23, 2016 at 12:12 am
The two headed canine is actually called Orthrus in the myths.
October 23, 2016 at 1:32 am
I was very disappointed with the remake. I did think the Medusa scene in the new one was kind of cool, but the rest was trash. If you want a good recent movie about Greek mythology watch the Immortals. The Immortals is the epic adventure the clash remake should have been. I would rather reccomend Gods of Egypt over the Clash remake as a fun adventure mythology movie. I have no interest in seeing wrath of the titans.
October 23, 2016 at 4:58 am
The made-for-TV movies with Kevin Sorbo that began what would become the Xenaverse deserve love.
And yeah, “the kraken” was supposed to be Cetus, a whale-like monster. While Pegasus did show up in the Perseus
stories, he’s more often associated with Bellerophon (the original Brony) and Heracles.
The remake was poop. Almost as insulting (blasphemous, some would say) as that Spartacus series.
October 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm
I feel like I would’ve loved this movie as a child, I mean I love Dragon Quest monsters don’t I? Phew… and guess what, speaking of which, another tribute: Hargon’s skeleton henchmen are called… Hargonauts!
October 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm
I loved this film as a kid! I remember being glued to the screen when it was on tv on saturday. I had seen bits and pieces of it when I was terribly young but seeing it back to back in one sitting really captured my imagination. The metal owl was my favorite thing ever!
And yes, Medusa scared the living crap out of me too! My sister and I would be covering our eyes when it looked like she was about to see you through the screen. I guess we thought she could freeze us through breaking the fourth wall!
October 24, 2016 at 12:00 am
WHat a great classic who scared me as a kid and amaze me at the same time.. Ray did an amazing job on this movie as JAson and the argonauts.. great classic .
October 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm
A true classic! And it has monsters, so it’s all good here.
Honestly, as a kid, me and my friends were SO SCARED of Medusa, we were sure the commercial would turn us all to stone, never mind the movie!
October 25, 2016 at 10:59 pm
You should check out Titan Quest on PC for a game that features a lot of Greek mythology – http://store.steampowered.com/app/475150/
October 27, 2016 at 12:06 am
my number 1 favorite movie as a kid.
been meaning to watch it again sometime..
October 30, 2016 at 12:02 am
This was always one of my favorite movies growing up.
November 1, 2016 at 1:26 am
I love that you did your research when it comes to Greek mythology, I did not expect you to deconstruct the changes they made throughout the film. Do you have an interest in Greek mythology as a side hobby, or did you do all that research just for this video?
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