When Titans Clash


"Release the Kracken!" -- Calibos in Clash of the Titans

A remake is in the works for Clash of the Titans, one of the campiest but coolest fantasy movies of the 1980s. The special effects may not live up to today's CGI standards, but they were nevertheless a high point of the era, and one of the jewels in the career of visual effects master Ray Harryhausen.

If you haven't seen the original, you're missing one of the finest guilty pleasures in cinema history. The cast includes Sir Laurence Olivier as Zeus, Harry Hamlin as Perseus, Burgess Meredith as Ammon, and Ursula Andress as Aphrodite. It includes monsters like Medusa the Gorgon and the sea dwelling Kracken, jealous gods, statues that come to life, and more. I hope the remake can capture the same fun and creativity.

The new version, scheduled for release in 2010, is being directed by Louis Leterrier, who also brought us Transporter 2 and the remake of The Incredible Hulk. The new cast seems fine, with Liam Neeson as Zeus and Ralph Fiennes as Hades. What gives me the most hope is the screenwriter, Lawrence Kasdan, whose scribing skills have given us The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Silverado, etc.

Until the new movie hits the big screen, I think I'm going to take my DVD version of the original and watch it again, enjoying the story of the hero Perseus battling against the Stygian Witches and the cursed Calibos as he tries to save the beautiful Andromeda. Can the remake top its cult classic predecessor?

Comments

darkened_jade said…
Let us all hope they do not destroy a classic. This is stop-go animation at its absolute best. The only problem with the original clash of the titans, is that the dvd was released in NTSC colour (or something like that) and it won't play on certain televisions.

Looking forward to seeing how this develops.
Nick said…
Yes, the old-school stop-motion animation still has a realistic charm that modern-day computer-generated animation sometimes lacks, in my opinion.