The Gorgon (1965)
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as Dr. Namaroff
as Prof. Karl Meister
as Carla Hoffman
as Paul Heitz
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Critic Reviews for The Gorgon
'The Gorgon' is one of the most perfect films by its director, although the truth is that it was never considered well enough. [Full Review in Spanish]
The Gorgon myth does not fit happily into Transylvanian surroundings, and there are too many red-herrings indicative of the script's straining after horrific effect.
It's too bad the make-up department couldn't get right the look of The Gorgon ... .
Audience Reviews for The Gorgon
This is in my opinion, one of the classic 'Hammer' films. Almost the entire film takes place at night on full moons, which gives the film an added frisson of suspense. In 1905, somewhere in Europe Megara (one of the three gorgons from Greek mythology) is terrorising a village by picking off the locals on the night of the full moon and turning them to stone. Peter Cushing plays the local Doctor, who covers up these supernatural deaths by issuing false death certificates. The Chief of Police (Patrick Troughton) motivated by fear is also covering up the truth. After two of his friends are petrified Christopher Lee turns up to investigate, and its finally by his hand(in the manner of Perseus)that Megara is beheaded. For anyone who's a fan of 'Hammer' films or who likes a well made horror film without the buckets of blood that modern horror films are drenched in, this one's for you! 4 1/2 Stars 7-24-13
Recently re-watched this one - after dismissing it as tosh for many years. It's now become of of my favourite of all films from Hammer. The reveal itself is still disappointing in its rubbery cheapness but it makes up for this by being an incredibly atmospheric and creepy film. Production-wise, it really is the quintessential Hammer film. Terence Fisher directing Peter Cushing, Barbara Shelley and Christopher Lee (their performances range from laconic to bored and bemused but no matter). Thrillingly scored by the studio's most instantly recognizable James Bernard who, along with cinematographer Michael Reed (who did such a fine job on Dracula: Prince of Darkness) are responsible for much of the film's gothic fairy tale feel. Love it!
This movie is typical and dull, even though I was surprised to see Christopher Lee not playing the monster in this. Other than that, this movie is predictable and boring. The actors try, but sometimes they look bored too. Overall an okay movie.
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