Clash of the Titans, Medusa Skeleton Swordsman Maquette

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Of all the magnificent classic special effect characters that stop-motion wizard Ray Harryhausen brought to the screen, perhaps the most famous and yet-to-be-duplicated are the army of skeletons that rise from their graves to attack Jason and his men in "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963). Harryhausen fell in love with the concept of skeleton swordsmen when he created just one skeleton soldier that is brought to life by Sokurah the Magician to challenge Sinbad in his "7th Voyage of Sinbad" five years earlier. Then again in Harryhausen's final most elaborate, high-budget and epic "Clash of the Titans" (1981), Perseus (Harry Hamlin) sets off to Medusa's island at the edge of the underworld in order to bring back her head to defeat the powerful ocean monster Kraken and features the final work of stop motion visual effects artist Ray Harryhausen. Originally there were two areas where yet another skeleton swordsman was talked about appearing. The first idea was to have a skeleton swordsman appear to do battle and protect Medusa's lair (instead they are attacked by Medusa's two-headed guardian canine, Orthrus), and then again it was suggested that a group of these skeleton's appear from under the earth (as in "Jason"), after Perseus obtains her head, and are conjured up when Medusa's blood is spilled from the sack holding her head. In the final version, giant scorpions rose from the earth instead to do battle. The skeletons were to hold shields with Medusa's head painted on them as well as having her black tongue extending out from the middle.

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category: original / screen-used
type: production material
movie: Clash of the Titans (1981)
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