clash of the titans (1981)

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“Every statue I’d seen [Medusa] was just a woman with a pretty face and had snakes in her hair. Well, that wasn’t very dramatic, so I gave her a rather demonic look. We gave her a rattlesnake’s tail, so that she could be a menace from the sound effect point-of-view. It was a shock to see her come out from behind the wall crawling on her hands because that was the only way she could propel herself.” - Ray Harryhausen

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Medusa footage from Clash of the Titans (1981) and behind-the-scenes with Ray Harryhausen.  I hadn’t thought about the fire behind her.  The model’s lighting effects had to flicker frame by frame to match the environment.