Wednesday, February 10, 2016
THE 7th VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958)
A giant cyclops who looks like he's walking on high-heels(who gets spoofed in FLESH GORDON), a snake-lady, a giant man-eating two-headed bird, a fire-spewing dragon, a teeny-tiny little shrunken down lady, and most famously a sword-fighting skeleton. All these great-looking fx were created by Ray Harryhausen, without any cgi(imagine that!), and to me are really the stars of this classic. This used to play on TV quite a bit back in the 70s so it has a lot of sentimental value for me. I also recall viewing the second sequel to this, SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER, down at the drive-in when I was 7 years old or so, which I probably actually saw first, and became a big fan at that moment. An evil bald wizard takes on Sinbad and he gets some help by a weird-voiced little boy genie and a bunch of disposable slaves and sailors(yes, people used to die in family movies back in the 50s before society got so sensitive about everything) which lays the groundwork for lots of cool action set-pieces (in DYNAMATION and DYNARAMA!!) that even your grandma can appreciate.
Although it took 14 years this was eventually followed by 2 sequels in the 70s:
THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD - 1973
SINBAD AND THE EYE OF THE TIGER- 1977