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The 20 Coolest Stop Motion Monsters
The best beasties from Harryhausen to Halloween Town

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Stop motion is seriously beloved in these parts. We'd happily commute to work on Ray Harryhausen’s Pegasus, given a bucket of apples and a parachute. So Tim Burton’s return to the medium with monochrome monster-athon Frankenweenie and the upcoming Harryhausen doc are all the excuse we need to pick a few of our favourite stop-mo beasties from movie history. Have a read, see what you think, and share your suggestions in the usual place.

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The 20 Coolest Stop Motion Monsters | Kali
Kali

Movie: The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973)

Able to have several swordfights at the same time, all while yawning, flicking over to the Antiques Roadshow and rustling up a little something for dinner, the multi-armed Kali puts the “bad” in Sinbad. (And the “sin”, come to think of it.) In Harryhausen’s second Sinbad adventure she does battle with the seafarer after a little magical jiggery-pokery, but never mind that. When's she going to get together with Talos?

 

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1 Dragonslayer
Yes! Without doubt the finest stop motion ever created. Good shout! More

Posted by chris wootton on Wednesday October 24, 2012, 09:20

2 Ray Harryhausen is The Master of stop-motion creatures
Awesome list. Glad you included the skeleton battle and even more glad that you included Medusa, which was terrifying when I saw it at 7. But some others to mention: 1. The spidery head thing from errr...The Thing. 2. The Allosaurus from The Valley Of Gwangi. 3. The flying saucers from Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers (not necessarily monsters but they are still fantastic stop-motion effects). 4. The Pirate Captain Skeleton from James & The Giant Peach. 5. The Gremlin-Bat hybrid in Gremlins 2. More

Posted by SUPER_movie_FREAK on Tuesday October 23, 2012, 21:57

3 Good list
I would have considered this list bogus if you hadn't included the Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. Oh me of little faith. But what about the giant Ymir from 20 Million Miles to Earth? He didn't make the cut. He was big and definitely misunderstood. More

Posted by coyoteone on Saturday October 20, 2012, 18:09

4 Ray Harryhausen created Creatures not Monsters
Just for the record, Ray Harryhausen always made a point of letting people know that his stop motion creations were all creatures or characters. They were never, ever monsters...that label was reserved for the humans who persecuted and usually ended up killing them. More

Posted by Qexit on Friday October 19, 2012, 19:22

5 Ermmm, what about The Gate?
Never mind the sodding demon at the end, what about the little nasty fuckers that formed from the falling corpse? David Allen at his finest. More

Posted by KraftwerkAreMint on Friday October 19, 2012, 18:36

6 RE: Huh?
L: CHUFFSTER No T-800 or`Thing`?? was about to be all smart and say the Terminator isn't a monster, then I saw the ED-209... More

Posted by Whistler on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:20

7 Huh?
No T-800 or`Thing`?? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:19

8 Huh?
No T-800 or`Thing`?? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:17

9 Huh?
No T-800 or`Thing`?? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:16

10 Huh?
No T-800 or`Thing`?? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:15

11 Huh?
No T-800 or`Thing`?? More

Posted by CHUFFSTER on Friday October 19, 2012, 12:13

12 Dragonslayer
Vermithrax? I still think he's the best dragon to date (the challenge is on, Smaug!) More

Posted by Seamonkey on Friday October 19, 2012, 10:53

13 No Kong?!
... You mean to tell me NO KONG!?!??! More

Posted by DImperio on Friday October 19, 2012, 09:49

14 RE:
Wasn't the Rancor all rod puppetry? L: Vadersville No Rancor??? More

Posted by djdarrenjames on Friday October 19, 2012, 01:47

15
What no Brother Numpsay? More

Posted by The Equalizer on Thursday October 18, 2012, 21:39

16
No Rancor??? More

Posted by Vadersville on Thursday October 18, 2012, 20:22

17
What no Chewits monster?! More

Posted by ragamuffin on Thursday October 18, 2012, 20:09


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