Tim Burton: Nine monster movies that inspired him
Tim Burtonâ€™s gleefully macabre aesthetic is currently on display at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art â€” the exhibition that bears the filmmakerâ€™s name and runs through Halloween brings together more than 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, film and video works, storyboards, puppets, concept art, costumes and other movie memorabilia.
During a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Burbank-born director talked about the influence classic monster movies have had on his lifeâ€™s work, and picking up on that theme, the museum this weekend will launch a Saturday Monster Matinee series spotlighting nine films that are close to Burtonâ€™s heart. Hereâ€™s a look at the lineup:
â€œThe 7th Voyage of Sinbadâ€ (1958): Directed by Nathan Juran, the film was the first of three â€œSinbadâ€ movies Columbia produced that special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen designed and animated with the dazzling stop-motion technique he called Dynamation.
It took Harryhausen 11 months to complete the painstaking work on the film, which features creatures including a cyclops and a cobra-woman; Sinbad (Kerwin Matthews) even has a sword battle with a skeleton. The late Bernard Herrmann, who is the subject of several centenary celebrations this year, penned the score. Three years ago, â€œSinbadâ€ was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Screens Saturday.