Posters for Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

Detail from Italian poster
Detail from Italian poster

This heroic adventure yarn, about a young farmer who protects a princess from a sorcerer’s monsters in Middle Ages Cornwall, was directed by Nathan Juran, stars Kerwin Mathews, Torin Thatcher, Judi Meredith and Walter Burke, with colourful stop-motion effects provided by Jim Danforth (and others).

 A cool shot looking down at the giant called Cormoran!
A cool view looking down at the giant called Cormoran!
I love the moody, low lighting in this shot
I love the moody, low lighting in this shot

The film was producer Edward Small’s attempt to emulate the success of Ray Harryhausen’s THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, so he used the same director and employed the actors who had played the hero and villain in the Sinbad movie (Mathews and Thatcher).

Torin Thatcher (Boo! Hiss!) and Kerwin Mathews (hooray!)
Torin Thatcher is sorcerer Pendragon (Boo! Hiss!) and Kerwin Mathews is Jack (Hooray!)

Many stop-motion fans see this movie simply as a poor man’s version of THE 7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD, but I really like this fantasy tale!

JACK THE GIANT KILLER’s stop-motion models are cruder in design compared to those seen in Ray Harryhausen films, that’s not in doubt, and the film has more of a pantomime feel to it compared to Ray’s Sinbad films, but I think the movie is nonetheless an enjoyable, memorable adventure.

The creatures include the horned giant Cormoran, a two-headed giant, a tentacled sea monster and a heraldic-looking dragon. There are also ‘dragon men’ (guys in suits) who disappear when struck with a special whip, plus various witches & demons (actors in costumes) and a leprechaun played by Don Beddoe.

Two-headed giant vs sea creature!
Two-headed giant vs sea creature!
The tentacled thingy wins!
The tentacled thingy wins!
The 'dragon men' march towards Jack
The ‘dragon men’ march towards Jack
Villain Pendragon lives up to his name and transforms into a dragon!
Villain Pendragon lives up to his name and transforms into a dragon!

For a kids film it’s quite creepy in places: the ‘doll’ gift that suddenly grows into a giant, scenes of women becoming possessed and the glowing witches/demons that attack the ship are all kinda scary. There’s one witch with empty eye sockets, carrying flowers, that’s especially eerie!

This is pretty scary for kids!
This is pretty scary for kids!
Possessed lady of the court with snake eyes!
Possessed lady of the court with snake eyes!
This witch-thing can blow powerful gusts of wind from its huge mouth!
This witch-thing can blow powerful gusts of wind from its huge mouth!
Eek!
Eek!
The heroine turns bad! Oh no!
The heroine turns bad! Oh no!

Edward Small had the movie re-edited and re-released as a musical too, but the less said about that version the better!

Here is a whole bunch of posters created for the movie (the Italians, as usual, produced some humdingers)…

US poster
US poster
UK quad poster
UK quad poster
Italian poster. Okay, that scaly, big creature doesn't appear in the movie, but this is an amazing painting by Renato Casaro!
Italian poster. Okay, that scaly, big creature doesn’t appear in the movie, but this is an amazing painting by Renato Casaro!
French poster. This painting is pretty ace too!
French poster. This painting is pretty ace too!
Italian poster
Italian poster
US three sheet poster
US three sheet poster
German poster
German poster
Italian insert poster
Italian insert poster
Poster from Argentina
Poster from Argentina
Thai poster
Thai poster
Ghanaian hand-painted poster
Ghanaian hand-painted poster
Italian poster. The monsters shown here are very prehistoric-looking!
Italian poster. The monsters shown here are very prehistoric-looking!
Belgian poster
Belgian poster

Some lobby cards…

Mexican lobby card
Mexican lobby card
Italian 'fotobusta' lobby card
Italian ‘fotobusta’ lobby card

DVD and Blu-ray covers…

Region-free DVD sleeve
UK DVD cover
UK DVD cover
US DVD cover
US DVD cover
German Blu-ray cover
UK Blu-ray cover
UK Blu-ray cover

Newspaper ads…

New York newspaper ad
New York newspaper ad
New York newspaper ad
New York newspaper ad
New York newspaper ad
New York newspaper ad

Some pages from the Dell Movie Classic comic book adaptation. Art by Ed Ashe…

Comic book cover
Cover
Pendragon summons his cohorts...
Pendragon summons his cohorts…
The sea monster is quite different-looking in this comic adaptation
The sea monster is quite different-looking in this comic adaptation
Pendragon transforms!
Pendragon transforms!
Jack is triumphant!
Jack is triumphant!

Finally, here’s a behind the scenes shot of Jim Danforth animating the sea creature model…

Jim Danforth at work
Jim at work

4 thoughts on “Posters for Jack the Giant Killer (1962)

  1. One of my favorite Summer of ’62 movies! My cousin and I went to see this at a local theater in Fort Walton Beach, Florida when we were both 10 years old! A few days later, we bought the Dell movie tie-in comic book at a nearby market store! It is now nearly sixty years later, and I STILL have that original comic! I also own two separate copies of the movie on DVD and BluRay, respectively… as well as the Intrada soundtrack to the film!!!

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