HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
First Man
Machete Maidens Unleashed!
Cannibal Club, The
Grasshopper, The
Searching
Human Desire
Climax
Stiff Upper Lips
American Animals
Outlaws
Venom
World on a Wire
Velvet Buzzsaw
Picnic
Dick Dickman, PI
Hunter Killer
30 Foot Bride of Candy Rock, The
Race for the Yankee Zephyr
Boys in the Band, The
Brainscan
T-Men
Blame
Upgrade
Evening with Beverly Luff Linn, An
Fear No Evil
One Cut of the Dead
Rosa Luxemburg
Disobedience
On the Job
Monsters and Men
   
 
Newest Articles
He-Maniacs: Ridiculous 80s Action
All's Welles That Ends Welles: Orson Welles Great Mysteries Volume 1 on DVD
Shut It! The Sweeney Double Bill: Two Blu-rays from Network
Network Sitcom Movie Double Bill: Till Death Us Do Part and Man About the House on Blu-ray
No, THIS Must Be the Place: True Stories on Blu-ray
Alf Garnett's Life After Death: Till Death... and The Thoughts of Chairman Alf on DVD
Balance of Power: Harold Pinter at the BBC on DVD
Strange Days 2: The Second Science Fiction Weirdness Wave
Strange Days: When Science Fiction Went Weird
Ha Ha Haaargh: Interview With Camp Death III in 2D! Director Matt Frame
Phone Freak: When a Stranger Calls on Blu-ray
A Name to Conjure With: David Nixon's Magic Box on DVD
Which 1950s Sci-Fi was Scariest? Invaders from Mars vs The Blob
The Empire Strikes Back: Khartoum vs Carry On Up the Khyber
Stan and Ollie's Final Folly: Atoll K on Blu-ray
   
 
  7th Voyage of Sinbad, The Are You Ready To Roc?Buy this film here.
Year: 1958
Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer, Torin Thatcher, Alec Mango, Danny Green, Harold Kasket, Alfred Brown, Nana DeHerrera, Nino Falanga, Luis Guedes, Virgilio Teixeira
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Rating:  7 (from 2 votes)
Review: Sinbad (Kerwin Mathews) is leading his crew and his ship into unknown waters, and they are sceptical that they will ever reach land and more importantly food. But to their surprise Sinbad has been right and the sea grows shallower as they draw closer to an island. As it is nighttime, it is decided that they will wait till morning to go ashore, and the next day the crew finds all the food they could possibly want - along with some huge tracks in the sand. And then comes the cry of "help!" from a figure in black robes fleeing from a cave and the towering Cyclops that pursues him...

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad could well be the perfect Ray Harryhausen movie, even if, for many, it is eclipsed by his later Jason and the Argonauts. But taking that into account, there are still a wonderful variety of monsters and special effects here that guarantee a solid series of thrills with Mathews' handsome and clean-cut hero the finest of the effects master's Sinbads, and perhaps his finest protagonist as well. Scripted by Ken Kolb from Harryhausen's story outline, this film enchanted many who saw it as children, and memories of it are still strong in their minds.

That fellow in black is none other than a magician called Sokurah (the forcefully menacing Torin Thatcher is very well cast), who has stolen the Cyclops' lamp. Why does he want a lamp that has put him in such peril? That's because there is a genie inside and if you know the appropriate rhyme then he will grant your every wish. The genie is not of the Rex Ingram type, although the previous decade's Thief of Bagdad appears to have been an influence on this film, but a little boy (Richard Eyer) who wishes only for his freedom. Not that Sokurah is going to allow him that, as what he wants is even more power than he already has.

The genie helps Sinbad and his crew escape, but the Cyclops manages to reclaim the lamp, prompting the magician to demand that they return. Not before we go back to Bagdad, says Sinbad, as he is about to be married to the beautiful Princess Parisa (Kathryn Grant, as well known for being Bing Crosby's wife as she was for this) who hails from a neighbouring country. The wicked Sokurah sneakily gives Sinbad a reason to take him back to the island when he secretly shrinks the Princess in her sleep (achieved with a superbly simple effect of showing her arm and hand diminishing as they lie on her bed). He then tells Sinbad that they need a fragment of a Roc's egg to let him create the potion that will restore her.

So it is that our hero sets sail once more (with the Princess in a little box), taking as his crew a group of ne'erdowells from the local prison, the only ones willing to embark on such a dangerous mission. What this film is notable for is how bad a time Sinbad gets, which is good dramatic sense because it makes his adventure seem all the more perilous: obviously he is not going to perish, but those around him certainly do, and 7th Voyage is pretty violent in places. But it's Harryhausen's animation that is the star of the show, with not only the Cyclops (who roasts a sailor on a spit in one scene!) but the double-headed Roc attack, a snake woman and a fire-breathing dragon all brought to marvellous life under his direction. There is also a living skeleton, a foreshadowing of the most famous sequence from Jason and the Argonauts. It's the monsters who really bring the personality, but this is great fun nevertheless. Music by Bernard Herrmann.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 6699 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star do you think makes the best coffee?
Emma Stone
Anna Kendrick
Michelle Rodriguez
Sir Patrick Stewart
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
George White
Enoch Sneed
Stately Wayne Manor
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Aseels Almasi
   

 

Last Updated: