“King Kong” (1933) Special effects wizard Willis O’Brien staged a stop-action, one-frame-at-a-time wrestling match between Kong and a Tyrannosaurus rex.
“Jason and the Argonauts” (1963) O’Brien protégé Ray Harryhausen created a stop-action swordfight between Jason and his crew and a small army of skeletons.
“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick used motion-control cameras and a huge circular set to show Gary Lockwood going for a jog inside the spaceship.
“Alien” (1979) The creature that bursts from inside John Hurt was a hand puppet pushed through a piece of fiberglass on his chest, accompanied by fake blood and real animal organs. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.