FIRST MEN IN THE MOON
1964, Sony Repertory, 103 min, UK, Dir: Nathan Juran

In director Nathan Juran’s extremely entertaining adaptation of H.G. Wells’ novel, turn-of-the-century British inventor Lionel Jeffries enlists Edward Judd and fiancée Martha Hyer in his scheme to reach the moon. Once the trio hits the lunar landscape, they’re captured by a weird subterranean insect race, and we’re treated to some of Ray Harryhausen’s most enjoyable special effects.


EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS
1956, Sony Repertory, 83 min, USA, Dir: Fred F. Sears

Classic 1950s drive-in stuff: Earth’s scientists can’t figure out why all the rockets they shoot into space are disappearing … until a fleet of flying saucers appears over the White House! Husband-and-wife scientist team Hugh Marlowe and Joan Taylor form a vanguard of defense against the invaders. FX man Ray Harryhausen collaborated on the original story for the film with famed sci-fi writer Curt Siodmak (THE WOLF MAN).


CLASH OF THE TITANS
1981, Warner Bros., 118 min, USA, Dir: Desmond Davis

The last feature with effects by the great Ray Harryhausen, CLASH OF THE TITANS follows the epic trials and tribulations of young Perseus (Harry Hamlin) as he battles giant scorpions, two-headed dogs, the ferocious Calibos and the giant Kraken, with a little help from the gods and a magical, winged horse named Pegasus. Co-starring Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith.


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