Most of Crypts and Things literary, comic and gaming influences are listed in the bibliography in the book but here’s some of the films that inspired me during the writing of the book.
Anything by Ray Harryhausen, especially Jason and The Argonauts. Don’t know about you but my skeletons are like this.
And The Golden Vogage of Sinbad for this ultimate ‘boss’ fight 🙂
Warlords of Atlantis, for all those lost cities under the ocean ruled by strange Sorcerer’s and their hybrid monsters.
Hammers’ ‘She’ for the ultimate of Sorceress ruling a lost city in the jungle vibe.
and while we are drifting off down the horror side, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser and Nightbreed provided me with lots of inspiration for the demonic Others of the game, and hey the Puzzle Box (along with Elric’s Stormbringer) is the epitome of a C&T magic item.
finally the inspiration for the ghostly netherworld of the Shroud comes from the film Nightwatch (which I saw before I read the excellent novels upon which it is based upon).
If you are wondering if there is a the connection between the leaders of Serpent Men, The Mara, and the Dr Who episodes Kinda/Snakedance this trailer for the DVD release should confirm it.