It comes with great sadness that we report the unfortunate passing of the special effects legend Ray Harryhausen. Ray was truly a pioneer, an expert in his field, and a iconic figure who gave us some utterly breathtaking stop-motion effects. His works has been viewed by millions, and I have to say, Jason and the Argonauts gave me a few nightmares as a kid, his models were insanely accurate and I will always thank him for widening my imagination.
Ray Harryhausen sadly passed away at the age of 92, and his family has released a statement via their Facebook page;
The Harryhausen family regret to announce the death of Ray Harryhausen, Visual Effects pioneer and stop-motion model animator. He was a multi-award winner which includes a special Oscar and BAFTA. Ray’s influence on today’s film makers was enormous, with luminaries; Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, George Lucas, John Landis and the UK’s own Nick Park have cited Harryhausen as being the man whose work inspired their own creations.
As you all know, his impact on films is second to none, his work has been featured in countless films such as IT CAME FROM BENEATH THE SEA (1955), 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957), MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961), ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966), THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969), SINBAD and CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981), and of course, JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS.
Without his work, I can guarantee you that film would be a whole lot different today, and we would not have some of the epic films of today such as The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and basically every fantasy, horror and science fiction film since.
And who can forget his influence on A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors with the skeleton fight scene, damn, Ray is going to be missed, but I thank him for the films and of course the memories, his legacy will live on
As with any passing, it never gets any easier, so we here would like to send out condolences to his family, friends and of course, you, the fans. We have lost yet another legend, but thankfully he will never be forgotten.