Clash of the Titans (1981)

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Even though Perseus is the favored son of the god Zeus, he has managed to unwittingly piss off the goddess of the sea named Thetis. Making the situation worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who’s the fiancee of Thetis’ son, the very ugly Calibos. When Andromeda finds herself to be sacrificed to the Kraken, Perseus heads out to find the hideous Medusa whose face turns anything that looks at her to stone. With the help of Zeus, Perseus attempts to behead the sorceress to stop the Kraken and win his love… many innocent bystanders win die along the way, but that’s the sacrifice Perseus is willing to make.

‘Clash of the Titans’ Movie Summary

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Clash of the Titans (1981)As Clash of the Titans begins, Acrisius, King of Argos, is pissed. The oracle of Apollo told Acrisius that she had some good news and some bad news. The good news was that Acrisius’s beautiful daughter Danae would soon give birth to a son. The bad news was that this son would one day kill Acrisius. So Acrisius, whose name loosely translates as Cockblock, locks his beautiful daughter in the top of a bronze tower so she would never come into contact with a man.

What King Cockblock failed to consider was that a bronze tower was no match for the horny God of the sky, Zeus. One day Zeus flies to the bronze tower and descends upon the fair maiden Danae. He adorns her with a golden shower and knocks her up. Danae gives birth to Perseus, the son of Zeus; the child destined to murder his grandfather. Clash of the Titans begins with Acrisius condemning his daughter and grandson to certain death by locking them in a chest and throwing them out to sea.

When Zeus discovers Acrisius’s murderous deed, he is livid and demands swift justice. Zeus orders his brother Poseidon, god of the sea, to save Danae and Perseus, and to punish Acrisius by unleashing a sea monster called the Kraken. The Kraken wipes out Acrisius and all the inhabitants of Argos. Meanwhile, the chest carrying Danae and Perseus lands safely ashore on the Aegean island of Seraphos. Seraphos loosely translates as Isle of Naked MILFS. Under Zeus’s watchful eye, Perseus grows up to be Harry Hamlin.

Perseus has grown into a strapping, happy, young man on the Isle of Naked MILFS. But Thetis, goddess of the sea, played by Professor McGonagall, is dismayed. Thetis wants her son Calibos to marry the princess Andromeda. But Calibos has stirred the wrath of Zeus by killing the god’s prized herd of flying horses.

So Zeus condemns Calibos by transforming him into a hideous creature. And now that Calibos is grotesque, Andromeda wants nothing to do with him, because true love stops at ugly. So Thetis will have her revenge, first by putting Andromeda under a spell so Calibos can soul fuck her on a nightly basis, then by condemning Andromeda to death by Kraken.

So the rest of the movie follows Perseus’s quest to fulfill his destiny. And that involves maiming Calibos; solving the riddle of the ring by cheating, and then winning Andromeda’s nothing (fans of Shakespeare will know what I mean); befriending Athena’s sex toy, Bubo the Owl; extorting sage counsel from three blind witches; going to the underworld to chop off Medusa’s head; killing Calibos and some cool claymation scorpions; and slaying the Kraken to save Andromeda, the kingdom of Joppa, and a horse called Pegasus.

The film ends with Perseus and Andromeda’s wedding, proving once again that shallow, beautiful people are the best people, and, so long as they remain shallow and beautiful, they will live happily ever after.

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United Artists released Clash of the Titans on June 12, 1981. Desmond Davis directed the film starring Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, and Claire Bloom.

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