Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Nathan Juran made some interesting movies. Everything from being. the art director for Kiss the Blood Off My Hands to writing Doctor Blood’s Coffin and directing 20 Million Miles to EarthAttack of the 50 Foot WomanThe 7th Voyage of Sinbad, episodes of Lost In SpaceVoyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Time Tunnel, and finally The Boy Who Cried Werewolf.

Producer Eddie Small wanted another movie just like The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. So he hired the star (Kerwin Mathews), the director (Juran) and the villain (Torin Thatcher), which ended up getting him sued and having to re-edit and re-release the film as a musical. Thirty years later,original non-musical adventure version was finally permitted to be released.

Thatcher plays Pendragon, a wizard ruler of the witches, giants, hobgoblins and monsters of a faraway kingdom. He’s defeated by another wizard named Herla, but when the old man dies, there is no defense left when he captures Princess Elaine (Judie Meredith, Queen of Blood) with one of his giants named Cormoran, who is in turn stopped by a farmer named Jack (Matthews).

Pendragon is evil incarnate, turning ladies in waiting (Anna Lee from Picture Mommy Dead) and even Elaine into witches and sending a warlock to wreck the ship Jack is on.

Man, this movie has everything. A viking (that gets turned into a dog). Leprechauns. Two-headed giants battling sea monsters. Pendragon turning himself into a dragon with a wolf’s head, a snake’s tail and huge wings. And, thanks to the lawsuit, musical numbers in one version of the film.

There were even toys made of the film, all the way back in 1962.

You can watch this on Amazon Prime and Tubi. There are also two Rifftrax versions, one in studio and another that was done live.

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