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SFP-NOW Chats Harryhausen, Flash Gordon & Escape From New York with Writer John Walsh

Ep. 119

Welcome to a very special edition of SFP-NOW on SciFi-Pulse Radio.


In this episode, we are joined by special guest John Walsh who is a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy. An acclaimed filmmaker and writer as well as a Trustee of the Ray Harryhausen Foundation, which preserves and displays the work of the legendary special effects artist and filmmaker.


In the episode. John takes us through his early career and how he found friendship with the late filmmaker who created memorable monsters such as Medusa and the Kraken from the original 'Clash of The Titans' and many more. He also talks in-depth about many of the things that can be found in his book 'Harryhausen: The Lost Movies', which I highly recommend to fans of genre film and television. As it gives insight into the many things that Ray Harryhausen would have liked to do. But never got to due to budgetary reasons.


John also discusses the incredible journey that he went on. When putting together his Flash Gordon book 'Flash Gordon: The Official Story of the Film'. Which is an incredible story to listen to and well worth the time in the telling. In short. When John wrote the book and it came time to look for images from the film. He learned at the last minute that the studio didn't save anything. So he had to source images and production stills from the fan community and some of the people that worked behind the scenes on the film.


Added to all of this great stuff. John also previews his new book, which is due out in September, which is called 'Escape From New York: The Official Story of the Film'.


So if you enjoy retro movies and appreciate classic genre entertainment. Tune into this episode because we cover a hell of a lot of stuff.


You learn more about John Walsh and his work at johnwalshfilmmaker.com



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