Angered by the fate of her son, Thetis vows that if her son can’t have Andromeda, then no man can, thereby putting a curse on the city and any suitor that comes to court the princess. To spite Zeus, she also transports Perseus out of his safe haven and into the city of Joppa where he’ll get a major dose of reality and face mortal danger.
The answering a seemingly impossible riddle, Perseus, the son of Zeus, wins the hand of the Princess Andromeda in marriage. Trouble appears in the shape of Calibos, the princess’s former love, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis. In order that the dreaded Kraken not be released, Andromeda has to be sacrificed and Perseus searches for the Medusa; her head is the only thing that can stop the Kraken.
Harryhausen’s mark is made mostly along Perseus’s treacherous journey, where he encounters giant scorpions, the three blind Stygian witches, and the gorgon Medusa, not to mention the Kraken sea monster not actually part of Greek myth but a nice insertion into this story.
The original Clash Of The Titans, which is getting the remake treatment this April, is still one of the greatest fantasy films ever made and even after nearly 30 years, this film definitely holds up. Looking back, the acting still holds up, as does the story, which is loosely based on the Perseus story in Greek mythology meaning, plenty of liberties were taken. But, if you enjoy Greek myth and the tales of gods, monsters, and men, then Clash Of The Titans is the movie to watch.