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Name That Trauma :: Reader Tasha P. on Harpy Harassment

September 10th, 2011 by aunt john · 8 Comments

Hi Kindertrauma,

I have a Name That Trauma from the early 2000s. I asked about it on Yahoo but got no (helpful) answers.

Around 2002-3, I caught about 10 minutes of a movie on T.V. The movie looked pretty grainy so I’m guessing it wasn’t a new release. I have no idea what channel it was on.

The gist of it was that there were a group of harpies, or bird-human hybrids, I don’t know, that lived on a mountain near a coastal village. I’ve since realized that this was probably not an American film, as the scenery looked very European or possibly even Russian, with the big snow-capped mountains and tiny little quaint seaside cottages.

Maybe it was being played during a foreign (crappy) cinema marathon or something, but now I’m just guessing.

I remember the bird people, whose costumes pretty much consisted of cheap fake wings, talons and tails, flying down and terrorizing the residents of one of the cottages. A girl came out of the cottage and the bird people flew down and grabbed her with their feet and dragged her along the ground into the forest. That’s when I turned it off.

Do you guys have any idea?

Tasha P.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 David YoungNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Geez, no comments? I was looking forward to an answer on this one.

  • 2 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I want to know this one too. I’d love to see an evil harpy movie! All I could find was this….

  • 3 chopmeupNo Gravatar // Sep 11, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    The only thing I came up with is THE VULTURE(1967).

    “The Vulture is another very rare flick from England featuring a part-man, part-vulture.
    Pretty atmospheric with some shocking scenes of people suddenly being grabbed and taken away by vulture claws.”

  • 4 Tasha Cooper PoslaniecNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2011 at 3:36 am

    Chopmeup, that COULD be it, but I distinctly remember there being at least three harpies, and seeing a lot more of them than it seems like The Vulture shows of its monster.
    I also can’t find any hint of the beautiful mountain scenery I remember in the clips on YouTube.

    I’ll have to go track it down and watch the whole thing. Maybe my memory is a bit skewed.

  • 5 Captain BlakeNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    I don’t even know what movie the blue winged demons pictured above are from…looks extremely familiar (I’d guess Harryhausen’s work), but I’m drawing a blank…

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Sep 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Good eye Captain! Those blue harpies are from “Jason and the Argonauts”.

  • 7 michael fNo Gravatar // Oct 8, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Getting here late, but are you sure it isn’t from Van Helsing? The movie is not that old but it sounds a lot like the scene with Dracula’s brides attacking the mountain village beginning here at 9.45

  • 8 YronimosNo Gravatar // Nov 12, 2011 at 6:20 am

    “Jason and the Argonauts” is the first thing that came to mind. “Equinox” also comes to mind.

    And, I seem to recall there was a made-for-TV movie about Gargoyles, perhaps called “Gargoyles”, that I haven’t seen since the 1970’s or early 1980’s.

    It seems like one of the lower-budget Sinbad movies might have had some non-Harryhausen Gargoyles or winged demons in it, but I really have no clear memory of what exactly did appear in the Sinbad movie I’m thinking of.

    The only thing I can think of after that would be any of the dreadful Hercules sword-and-sandal movies from the 1960’s and 1970’s. I wouldn’t imagine those would have the sort of budget for harpy special effects, but there’s really no telling….

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