“The only good thing about this port is the inn of Abu Jamil the Squint, who, for six months, I have been dreaming of his roasted sheep’s eyes.” Ah, yes. Who wouldn’t sail the seven seas for roasted sheep’s eyes? Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they take in the third of Ray Harryhausen’s three Sinbad films, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 186 – Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
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Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.
- Director: Sam Wanamaker
- Writers: Beverley Cross (screenplay & story); Ray Harryhausen (story)
- Selected cast:
- Patrick Wayne as Sinbad
- Taryn Power as Dione
- Margaret Whiting as Zenobia
- Jane Seymour as Farah
- Patrick Troughton as Melanthius
- Kurt Christian as Rafi
- Nadim Sawalha as Hassan
- Damien Thomas as Kassim
- Bruno Barnabe as Balsora
- Bernard Kay as Zabid
- Salami Coker as Maroof
- David Sterne as Aboo-Seer
- Peter Mayhew as Minoton
Are you ready for more Ray Harryhausen? More Sindbad? Maybe you prefer Patrick Wayne or Jane Seymour? Regardless, the Grue-Crew set sail for Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) on the latest episode of Decades of Horror 1970s. The stop-motion creatures for the third Harryhausen Sinbad film include the Troglodyte, the Minoton (a magical large bronze minotaur brought to life by an evil witch), a large baboon, a large wasp, a giant walrus, a trio of “ghouls,” and a saber-toothed tiger. The film is full of crappy dialog, rough editing, lackluster direction, and wooden acting… all saved by Harryhausen’s wonderful effects work. Let’s dive in!
You might find these other Decades of Horror episodes on Ray Harryhausen films interesting:
- THE BEAST FROM 20,000 FATHOMS (1953) – Episode 69 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- THE VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969) – Episode 116 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958) – Episode 144 – Decades Of Horror: The Classic Era
- THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1973) – Episode 173 – Decades Of Horror 1970s
- CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) – Episode 210 – Decades Of Horror 1980s
At the time of this writing, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger is available to stream from Crackle, Cultpix, Fubo TV, and various PPV sources. It is also available on Blu-ray as a stand-alone from Indicator or as part of Ray Harryhausen – The Ultimate 7 Film Collection from Via Vision.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode, chosen by Chad, will be John Carpenter’s Dark Star (1974). That should be a fun one!
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