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.
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.