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The Valley of Gwangi

Released 1969
Distributor Warner Bros./Seven Arts

Ray Harryhausen makes good on a concept conceived decades earlier by his mentor Willis O’Brien, the genius behind Kong. Echoes of Mighty Joe Young hover over this shot-in-Spain cowboys vs. dinosaurs extravaganza which, despite a spirited ad campaign, failed to catch on at the boxoffice. Stirring music score by Jerome Maross.

About Mick Garris

Mick Garris produced and directed a segment for Nightmare Cinema, the spine-tingling horror event of the summer. Previously, Mick created the Masters of Horror hour-long cable series of fright films helmed by well-known genre directors, including himself.  Numerous screenplay assignments led to a career in directing, and he is perhaps best known for his long association with Stephen King, whose novels The Stand and The Shining have been translated by Garris into well-received mini-series. Mick authored the book, “Development Hell”, which can be ordered from Amazon.com at this link! Mick’s recent books “Snow Shadows,” “Tyler’s Third Act,” “Ugly” and “SALOME” are now out from Cemetery Dance. Mick also executive produced Unbroken for Universal Pictures, based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book on Louis Zamperini with Angelina Jolie directing