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Clash of the Titans isn’t scheduled for release until next year, and it’s not even fully rolling into production yet, but Ray Harryhausen has already started work on the creature effects, and we have a super-ridiculously-early look at one of the main monsters.

Harryhausen has been thrilling us since the 50s with Sinbad and Gulliver and Jason’s Argonaut’s but the thought of him tackling creatures from Greek mythology is almost too exciting for words. His gorgeous stop-motion is tailor-made for those effects, and this early look is proof of that. If you weren’t excited before, get that way. If you were already excited, prepare to wet yourself.

First, feast your eyes on Harryhausen making the Kraken!

Our intrepid spy, Patient Zero, caught the artist hard at work and was able to snap off a few shots of the creature. Since it’s only a model, he’s blown it up for us so we can catch a chance to see what it might look like on the big screen come 1981.

Behold!

[click the Kraken to make it bigger]

I’m blown away. Harryhausen is a master craftsman, and it’s incredible to see him still revered so actively in the film community. His look and style is already legend, and that legend is going to translate beautiful into Greek myth.

I can’t wait for Clash of the Titans to hit next year. And thanks to our inside spy, we’ll hopefully have even more insider photos clandestinely sneaked out of the workshop and out to your eyeballs soon.

What do you think? Is this thing hype-proof?


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