Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

Mr. Sardonicus




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The avaricious count Sardonicus finds himself cursed with a horribly disfigured face after violating the sanctity of his father's grave. He hires a famed surgeon to help him but receives more than he bargained for in this low-budget horror thriller.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ray Russell
On DVD: Mar 12, 2002
Columbia Pictures

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as Sir Robert

as Sardonicus

as Wainwright

as The Girl

as Mrs. Higgins

as Head Nurse

as Stationmaster

as Gravedigger

as 1st Girl

as 2nd Girl

as Gatekeeper

as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Sardonicus

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

... the make-up is inspired and Oskar Homolka steals the show as the long suffering, whipped-into-submission servant Krull.

Full Review… | October 19, 2009

Gimmicky, but so typical William Castle with schlocky scares.

January 10, 2008

A cheesy gothic horror tale.

Full Review… | February 10, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

June 13, 2005

Audience Reviews for Mr. Sardonicus

Another Film from the William Castle Movie collection. Once ago not a scary movie by today's standards, but might have been when made. Story about a doctor who is called to remove the smile that is stuck on Mr. Sardonicus face that appeared when he dug up the coffin of his late father to recover a winning lottery ticket. Just a good old drive in second feature film. 3 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Again Castle brings us a gimmicky little horror movie, in this one the audience "votes" for the bad guy's fate in the end, which was pretty funny. The story itself, though is more ridiculous than the Tingler, and entirely predictable. This isn't his best work, but it's okay.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


Another clever gimmick film from William Castle, Mr. Sardonicus is very much an audience film. It's not about scaring the audiences with electric shocks or skeletons flying over their heads, but more about their participation. Of course, seeing the film today, the participation factor doesn't really exist. As for the movie itself, I wouldn't call it one of Castle's best, but it's certainly interesting and bizarre.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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