C for Clash of the Titans


by Lillian Csernica on April 3, 2015

 

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Admit it, you were expecting Conan, right?  Clash of the Titans is far more deserving of its place on this list.  The original movie is full of bad dialogue, actors chewing on the scenery, boring costumes, and a really annoying clockwork owl, but at least it had the amazing talents of Ray Harryhausen behind its mythical creatures.

The story is simple enough.  The gods of Olympus are busy cheating on each other and taking it out on the mortals involved.  One of Zeus’ affairs results in Perseus, the hero who must capture Pegasus, solve a riddle or die trying, outwit the cursed Calibos, and battle the dreaded Medusa.  These challenges enable him to face the ultimate test, rescuing Princess Andromeda before the Kraken can devour her.

The movie boasts a really impressive cast.  It made a surprising amount of money, and it lingers on in the memories of all of us who are devoted to the sword & sorcery genre.  There are several scenes that make the movie look much more low-budget that it really was.  For a complete list of the consistency errors and other mistakes that made it into the film, see the imdb.com page.

 

The 2010 remake relies on CGI and way too much of it.  As if that wasn’t bad enough, the producers pushed back the release date so they could bring the movie out in 3D format.  This cast includes Liam Neeson (Zeus), Ralph Fiennes (Hades), Mads Mikkelsen (Draco), and Jason Flemyng (Calibos).  Sam Worthington plays Perseus.  Worthington, Neeson, and Fiennes reprised their roles in the sequel, Wrath of the Titans, which was intended to be 3D from the beginning.  This proved to be no help, and the sequel got even worse reviews than the remake.

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Speaking of really terrible sequels, I can’t leave the letter C without mentioning Conan the Destroyer, sequel to Conan the Barbarian.  The sequel turned out to be so cheesy it earned the nickname “Conan the Disappointing.”  The single most telling detail about how bad this movie really is comes near the end when Conan is muscling his way through some rocks that have collapsed and blocked the passageway.  You can see the foam boulders compressing under Conan’s weight as he elbows his way forward commando-style.

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12 responses to “C for Clash of the Titans

  1. Oh, no, I remember Clash of Titans! Though I don’t remember when it was the last time I watched it.
    When I was a kid, I actually liked it (besides, I love mythology and when I was a kid I was even obsessed with it).
    Didn’t even know there is a remake. I don’t think I’m watching it.

    Granted, Conan the Destryer is horrible, but admit it, Conan the Barbarian is quite cool. Oh, come on, admit it! 🙂

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    • Oh, I loved Conan the Barbarian. I sat through the first 15 minutes of the remake with Jason Momoa and couldn’t stand anymore. I still won’t watch that version.

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  2. I love hearing about movie mistakes. Good share!
    Shawn from Laughing at Life 2

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  3. I’ve seen the original Clash of the Titans recently and it wasn’t as bad as I expected, largely because of that great cast. That owl was something else!

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  4. You know what? I don’t think I’ve seen this movie. I think after your series, I should organise a bad movie night and rent DVDs for these movies and have a laugh! 😀

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  5. Tarkabarka

    I have never seen the original movie, but I did watch the remake (like, 10 minutes after a bad breakup). It was not a great story, but I did love the CGI monsters. And it had one of the best cut trailers I have seen recently.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
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  6. Alex Hurst

    Ahhh~ Conan. 😄 My 8-year-old crush. Hahaha. Clash of the Titans always scared me… but again, I was pretty young when all of these were available on cable. The remake was awful. I almost turned it off in protest when I saw their depiction of Zeus, lol.

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
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