Yes, we still have some Halloween movies on the DVR. No, I won’t do any Christmas movies till after Thanksgiving. The leading roles are all people that you might recognize from watching enough 50’s SciFi but no real stars appear here. A Columbia pictures release which truly stars Ray Harryhausen (he does have a cameo role in it). This movie was filmed partly in Rome because Ray wanted a vacation there but he must have worked hard getting this one together.
Harryhausen was a master of animating creatures having been inspired by King Kong and worked with the man that made him. I have seen him bring many things to life but the Ymir (the name of the creature) was really a great monster. So really there were two stars here the monster maker and his creation. The battle with the elephant is a classic (yes, I found myself pulling for Dumbo), having Just watched the new King Kong you can see elements of that battle in the Kong/T-rex fights.
The story was OK, none of the characters stood out to me and again the chick did not have good hair! I did enjoy watching it but it was mostly because of Harry’s pains taking work. This is popcorn in the dark movie just for fun.