Clash Of the Titans (1981) was Ray Harryhausen's last effort in stop motion animation, and though not his best film (in my opinion),
the Medusa sequence was easily the stand out in the film. Ray didn't animate the whole film with a number of the sequences “farmed out” to other animators but considering his age (he was 61 at the time) I'm sure it was the prudent thing to do.
The story of Medusa has several versions with the basic story being that the beautiful Medusa and Poseidon got randy in Athena's temple which
caused the enraged Athena to curse Medusa with a head adored with snakes and a deadly gaze that would turn anyone to stone who looked upon her. Apparently Poseidon got away with the indiscretion which seemed to be SOP for the Olympian gods in those days. I
always wondered if Medusa had any sort of conflict about turning people to stone. True, after her transformation, everyone seemed to be out to get her so I suppose it was self defense in a sense but I digress.
This was a roughly 1/12 scale Geometric vinyl kit I picked up on eBay. I'm not that much of a fan of vinyl kits since the detail is fair at best and mating joints
can be a chore. The upside of vinyl is that you can have a degree of flexibility since the application of heat from a hair dryer or heat gun will allow a certain degree on manipulation which can come in handy.