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The Gorgon (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | 17 February 1965 (USA)
In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay by), J. Llewellyn Devine (based on an original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Prof. Karl Meister
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Namaroff
Richard Pasco ... Paul Heitz
Barbara Shelley ... Carla Hoffman
Michael Goodliffe ... Professor Jules Heitz
Patrick Troughton ... Inspector Kanof
Joseph O'Conor ... Coroner
Prudence Hyman Prudence Hyman ... The Gorgon
Jack Watson ... Ratoff
Redmond Phillips ... Hans
Jeremy Longhurst Jeremy Longhurst ... Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin Toni Gilpin ... Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson ... Martha
Alister Williamson ... Janus Cass
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Constable
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Storyline

In early-twentieth-century middle-Europe, villagers are literally becoming petrified. Although the authorities try to hush the matter up, it is apparent that at the full moon, Megaera, a Gorgon, leaves her castle lair and anyone looking on her face is turned to stone. When this fate befalls a visitor, experts from the University of Leipzig arrive to try and get to the bottom of it all. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Taglines:

A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone! See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gorgon See more »

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Budget:

GBP150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Prudence Hyman's snake-filled wig was worked by five wires which were attached to a box that was about twenty-five feet behind her. See more »

Goofs

When the nurse rolls Sasha's stone body in and hits her finger on the table she breaks off about 2/3 of the finger. Later the finger on the ground and the missing digit is the entire finger. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Namaroff: [Seeing Carla's reaction to his dissecting of a brain] It isn't a pretty sight. Never ceases to amaze me why the most noble word of God, the human brain, is the most revolting to the human eye.
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Gripping, atmospheric and ideal for Halloween watching...
30 October 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Hammer gives some rich production values to THE GORGON, a horror film starring PETER CUSHING as a doctor with some mysterious secrets and CHRISTOPHER LEE as an inquisitive professor who wants to solve the riddle--namely, whatever is causing the strange deaths of several unfortunate victims who turn to stone under the evil gaze of "the gorgon." BARBARA SHELLEY commands interest immediately as a mysterious woman who knows somewhat more than she should about the legendary myth involving Maguera. The story is somewhat simplistic but holds a certain power because of the atmospheric sets and the high quality of the acting by an all British cast.

I've been critical of some of the Hammer films because they use garish color to get their effects (as in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES which was done at an earlier time by Fox in glorious B&W with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, superior in every way to the Hammer version). But THE GORGON has been photographed with an eye for atmospheric details that give the proper Gothic feel to the story.

The ending is somewhat disappointing in that The Gorgon is not quite as sinister and real as it should be (especially with regard to the snake headdress), but it's good to see Christopher Lee playing a good man for a change.

Well worth viewing.


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