The Gorgon 1965

The Gorgon

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A mysterious monster is turning people to stone in a German village in 1910. When his girlfriend is killed, Bruno (Jeremy Longhurst) becomes the prime suspect. His ensuing suicide seems to confirm his guilt, but professor Carl Maister (Christopher Lee) isn't so sure. He thinks one of the villagers is possessed by the spirit of Megaera, sister to Medusa. Among the possible culprits are Dr. Namaroff (Peter Cushing), gorgeous nurse Carla (Barbara Shelley) and a mental patient.

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Peter Cushing
Dr. Namaroff
Christopher Lee
Prof. Karl Meister
Barbara Shelley
Carla Hoffman
Michael Goodliffe
Professor Jules Heitz
Patrick Troughton
Inspector Kanof
Toni Gilpin
Sascha Cass
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  • Aug 09, 2013
    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
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2012
    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!
    William S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    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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  • Nov 30, 2010
    One of the more beautifully photographed Hammer films but not one of the best written. Worth seeing for the atmosphere (Terence Fisher was a god) and some of the set pieces.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer

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