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Jack the Giant Killer, 1962

I discovered a few hours ago that there exists in the Internet Archive an acceptable copy of Jack the Giant Killer, a 1962 fantasy movie, loosely based on the classic folk tale, and one of my childhood’s fond memories.
So I went and re-watched it.

The movie features the same stars (Kerwin Mathews and Thorin Thatcher) and the same director (Nathan Juran) as The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, as the producer – who had rejected the Harryhausen project – tried to cash-in on that movie’s success. Many viewers today do in fact consider Jack as a rip-off of Sinbad, down to the sub-par Harryhausen-esque special effects.
But this is in my opinion a too harsh evaluation. Continue reading