Discovering Harryhausen

The films of Ray Harryhausen have had a profound influence on cinema. Filmmakers such as Peter Jackson, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have all spoken of the effect that seeing his films as children had on their budding imaginations.

The influence of Harryhausen has not been limited to the realm of film though. In these films we asked author and classicist Natalie Haynes and horror podcaster Becky Darke to share their childhood memories of discovering Harryhausen. 

Natalie Haynes on Harryhausen

Author, broadcaster, comedian and classicist Natalie Haynes' love of classical literature began with the films of Ray Harryhausen. In this video essay she considers the powerful female characters at the heart of two Harryhausen classics.

Becky Darke on Harryhausen

Horror movie podcaster and Ray Harryhausen fan Becky Darke shares her thoughts on growing up with Harryhausen’s films on wet bank holiday weekends.