Mary Poppins Returns
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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.
Definitely Hammer at its best.
Fares slightly better [than The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll].
It's too bad the make-up department couldn't get right the look of The Gorgon ... .
The Gorgon is an interesting addition to the ... pantheon of classic monster movies - a sort of tragic love story told as a Gothic fairy tale.
Enjoyable nonsense; the passing decades have rendered it more nonsenical, and thus more enjoyable.
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.
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.
The Gorgon is a fun but not phenomenal Hammer movie. Directed by Hammer master Terence Fisher, The Gorgon can boast everything from gothic settings to the pairing of Peter Cushing (sporting some surly facial hair) and an unruly and bad-ass Christopher Lee. The way the actual gorgon is set up is really nothing more than a female werewolf that turns people to stone with her gaze as opposed to tearing them limb from limb with bestial tendencies. Once the actual creature is shown she's actually damn creepy (probably laughable by today's standards), but paired with Fisher's atmospheric tone for the movie it all makes for a good time.
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