When the members of a travelling Wild West Show hear of a
forbidden Mexican valley where mythical creatures are rumoured
to exist, they attempt to capture something which they can
exhibit at their show. What they find is a valley untouched
by time for millions of years. They capture a huge dinosaur
which the locals call Gwangi, or "Terrible One". The creature
escapes and terrorises the local population who flee to the
nearby cathedral - but when this refuge proves insufficient,
the townspeople have a dramatic plan to bring down Gwangi
once and for all...
safe to say that without The Valley of Gwangi modern
movies like Jurassic Park would be very different.
In fact, there are several scenes in Jurassic Park
that pay homage to Gwangi almost frame for frame.
without Harryhausen's beautiful stop-motion animation it's
doubtful that this 1969 film would still be remembered today.
The scene where Gwangi is captured is still an impressive
sight to behold - especially when you consider that it took
weeks to film, as every rope held by the real actors had to
be perfectly aligned with those on the animated model.
acting can't be faulted and Jerome Moross's music adds that
essential Western feel to the movie, as well as a slight twist
of a menace on the rampage.
on the disc include a short featurette on the making of the
movie's special effects, and a hidden Easter Egg - which is
worth searching out as it is quite comical.
as entertaining now as you remember it being when you were
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