Some scientists now speculate that the Kraken may not have been as mythical as we'd always thought. The discovery of ichthyosaurus bones in a deep sea cave heaped in strange patterns, supports the theory that an enormous Triassic-era octopus creature existed and fed upon giant sharks. And probably caveman pirates, too.

What does this all mean? Answer: the beach is closed! Get out of the water! RUN!!

In honor of this discovery, we've decided to take a look at the Kraken's appearances throughout film history. And seriously, we're canceling our annual Screen Junkies Disney Cruise.

Clash of the Titans (2010)

When the Kraken was released in 2010's remake of Clash of the Titans, it served as a testament to how far special effects and computer-generated animation had really come. Resembling a Rancor with thrashing tentacles, this made-over Kraken easily stood out as the coolest part of a tepid remake. Apart from Liam Neeson's epic beard, of course.

Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep

Though filmed 25 years after the original Clash of the Titans, this TV movie pulled off a less realistic rendering of the beast. Also, showing the death scenes of your main cast in the trailer is probably not the best move when making a horror movie.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest put the Kraken back on everyone's pop culture radar by setting the aquatic beast on the trail of Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow. The creature's design varied significantly from previous film versions opting for more of a cephalopod or giant, scary vagina appearance.

Clash of the Titans (1981)

The first depiction of the formerly believed to be mythical beast came compliments of Ray Harryhausen in the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans. A legendary pioneer in the field of stop-motion model animation, Harryhausen most famous creations were featured in films like Clash of the Titans, Jason and the Argonauts, as well as several films featuring Sinbad (the sailor, not the comedian). As you can see in the photo above, Harryhausen's groundbreaking Kraken lacked the realism of today's special effects.


Opting for a more humanoid appearance than the cephalopod-like versions throughout literature, Kingpin's Big Ern McCracken doesn't lack any of the danger exhibited by his distant relative. With tentacle-like hair, McCracken is known to dominate the bowling lanes and destroy the lives and very souls of those who oppose him.