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Ray Harryhausen – Maker of fantasy genre’s best-known movies dies

Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen, June 1920 – May 2013

Visual effects master Ray Harryhausen, know for stop-motion films such as Jason and the Argonauts, has died aged 92.

We have pulled together some quotes from just some, of the many, people he inspired from the many articles we have worked on of the years.

Writer John Logan

Writer of Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas John Logan said “I would say for me the entire Sinbad experience could be summed up in two words – Ray Harryhausen. I grew up on those movies, and I just loved them.”

“I loved the look of them, they were gaudy, fun, exciting and swashbuckling. When Jeffrey Katzenberg pitched the idea of doing Sinbad ala Ray Harryhausen, paying homage to that spirit of swashbuckling fun, I said yes because it sounded like such an exciting idea.”

John is slated to write the next Bond film. This is from Film Bytes written by Judy Sloane

Director Victor Salva

Director Victor Salva discusses Jeepers Creepers, an unashamed slice of old-fashioned Horror!

Self confessed Horror devotee, Victor Salva’s passion for Horror comes from a love of growing up watching creature features with his brother every Saturday night in the San Francisco Bay area where they grew up.

For the director, Jeepers Creepers embodies parts of all the movies that influenced him. Borrowing in part from Duel to every Ray Harryhausen movie he loved as a kid, he confesses “this is a homage to every movie I ever loved”.

From a Shivers interview by Steve Gidlow

Star Luke Evans

Immortals star Luke Evans was a fan of mythology as a child.

“I loved the Ray Harryhausen movies, Clash of the Titan, Jason and the Argonauts, that was my first introduction to it.”

“When you take on a job, whatever it’s about, you start becoming very interested in it, and ever since the film I’ve learnt an awful lot about Zeus’ journey and the stories behind his character.”

From Film Review Online by Judy Sloane.

Ray is best known for animating the seven skeletons who come to life in Jason and the Argonauts.

Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts (2013)