I don't know if I could go so far as to call myself a Ray Harryhausen fan. I didn't deliberately seek out the films he worked on, study his career or anything like that.
However, he was responsible for the stop-motion monster effects on one of my favorite childhood movies, the original Clash of the Titans.
I don't think I'll ever forget Perseus' fight with Medusa. The creature creeping in the dark — with the tentacles on her head writhing as she shot that lethal bow and arrow — had Young Ian shaking in his seat.
Here's a YouTube clip with the scenes edited together.
I'll also never forget Medusa's blood pouring out, which seemed like so much tomato sauce.
Another scene I remember involved the giant scorpions. Between those monsters, Bubo the mechanical owl and the demonic Calibos, there was a lot for Harryhausen and his team to put on screen. It was pulled off masterfully, though.
Seriously — does anyone prefer the Louis Leterrier remake with its CGI effects to Harryhausen's stop-motion wizardry? Of course, the new one has Liam Neeson...
Actually, I can call myself a Ray Harryhausen fan if I got excited when I noticed that a restaurant in Monsters Inc. was called Harryhausen's, right?
Ray Harryhausen passed away today at the age of 92. Rest in peace, sir.