Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
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as The Girl
as Mrs. Higgins
as Head Nurse
as 1st Girl
as 2nd Girl
Critic Reviews for Mr. Sardonicus
This handsome but occasionally meandering drama admittedly makes creative use of several nasty leeches.
... the make-up is inspired and Oskar Homolka steals the show as the long suffering, whipped-into-submission servant Krull.
Gimmicky, but so typical William Castle with schlocky scares.
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
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.
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.
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