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Nightmare Fuel / Clash of the Titans (1981)

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  • Medusa is the mother of all nightmares. She's so hideous that anyone who looks at her gets turned to stone. Ray Harryhausen deliberately averted the Gorgeous Gorgon trope, making her crone-like, scaly and rattlesnake-tailed instead. It's perhaps one of the scariest Stop Motion scenes ever put to film, which is an achievement in itself.
    • Not only is she dangerous to look at, that version is also a damn good archer striking from the shadows of her lair. One of the two soldiers accompanying Perseus finds it out the hard way, receiving an arrow in his back before the party can even hear her... The other gets turned to stone shortly afterwards.
    • Her whole scene plays out like it's Perseus' party that gets hunted by the Gorgon instead of the other way around.
  • Zeus turned Calibos into a grotesque faun to punish him for the massacre of Pegasus' herd.

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