Special-effects animator Harryhausen dusted off an old script written by his mentor, Willis O'Brien (KING KONG, 1933), titled "The Valley of the Mist," and decided to make it his next project. Two years later the retitled film, now THE VALLEY OF GWANGI, opened to mediocre reviews and an
indifferent public. Anyone bothering to pay attention might have noticed that Harryhausen's movie contains some of the most breathtaking stop-motion sequences ever put on film. Set in a small Mexican town in the year 1912, the story places circus promoter Franciscus in a strange valley where time
has stopped and prehistoric creatures still live--creatures that he and his men stumble...