Saturday Double Feature: Jack the Giant Slayer (2013) and…

This is something I’m hoping to make a regular feature here at DMM. The basic idea is to take a movie that is out in theaters now, and pair it up with another movie from the 1980s or before for a Saturday Double Feature. Sometimes the connection will be obvious, and sometimes it’ll be a little less so, but that’s part of the fun.

Actually, since this is the debut of the feature, I thought I’d give you a triple-bill. First up, the new release, out this week in theaters is the latest from X-Men director Brian Singer, Jack the Giant Slayer.

So, what to pair it up with? How about an earlier version of the same Cornish folk tale? Okay, then, here we have Jack the Giant Killer (Yeah, I know, but apparently killers are out these days and slayers are in – personally I blame it on that Buffy chick.) a kind of Ray Harryhausen-lite film from 1962.

Actually, this movie has a very interesting history, as upon it’s 1976 theatrical re-release it was actually remade into a musical. Seriously. Here’s a clip, and you can read more about this version here.

Actually, this was not the first musical version of the tale, as there was at least one before it, and that brings us to the third movie in today’s trio, but for this one, we have to travel all the way back to 1952. That’s right, I’m talking about Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Durnmoose favorites Bud Abbott and Lou Costello.

So there you go. A full on triple take on this favorite story. So what do you think? What are your ideas for movies that would go well with Jack the Giant Slayer? Or ideas about other new releases that you’d like to see paired up with something from the past? Hey, that’s what the comments are for. Gimme your two (or in this case should it be four?) cents.

Until next tome, Happy Viewing!

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