US 88m, Colour
Director: Nathan H. Juran; Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Alec Mango
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is the first of a series of entertaining and highly influential fantasy films produced by Charles H. Schneer in which by Ray Harryhausen brought to life fantastic mythical creatures through stop-motion animation. While revisiting Sinbad on two later occasions, The 7th Voyage, is easily the most memorable of these three low-budget films. While Harryhausen’s giant Cyclops may have been Sinbad’s most formidable opponent, the sword-wielding skeleton he defeated in the wizard’s underground castle was perhaps the most influential, and one which Harryhausen would expand upon with the now famous skeleton fighting scene in Jason and the Argonauts (1963). As with all of Harryhausen’s films, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is a highly stylized and instantly recognizable production which is forever re-watchable (Klaus Ming December 2011).