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The Gorgon (1964)

Not Rated | | Horror | 17 February 1965 (USA)
In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay by), J. Llewellyn Devine (based on an original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Prof. Karl Meister
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Namaroff
Richard Pasco Richard Pasco ... Paul Heitz
Barbara Shelley ... Carla Hoffman
Michael Goodliffe ... Professor Jules Heitz
Patrick Troughton ... Inspector Kanof
Joseph O'Conor ... Coroner
Prudence Hyman Prudence Hyman ... The Gorgon
Jack Watson ... Ratoff
Redmond Phillips ... Hans
Jeremy Longhurst Jeremy Longhurst ... Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin Toni Gilpin ... Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson Joyce Hemson ... Martha
Alister Williamson ... Janus Cass
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Constable
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Storyline

In early-twentieth-century middle-Europe, villagers are literally becoming petrified. Although the authorities try to hush the matter up, it is apparent that at the full moon, Megaera, a Gorgon, leaves her castle lair and anyone looking on her face is turned to stone. When this fate befalls a visitor, experts from the University of Leipzig arrive to try and get to the bottom of it all. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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She Turns Screaming Flesh Into Silent Stone! See more »

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gorgona See more »

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Budget:

GBP150,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Christopher Lee is quoted in 'The Films of Christopher Lee': "Beautiful-looking picture, but the whole thing fell apart because the effect of the snakes on Megaera's head was not sufficiently well done for the climax of the film. Not a memorable film, but it could have been terrific." See more »

Goofs

Megaera is an Erinýe, or Fury, not a Gorgon. The Gorgons were named Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa. The film states that there are two deceased Gorgons, Medusa and Tisiphone. The Erinýes are named Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone, and there are no stories of them being killed. The Erinýes had snakes for hair, which may have resulted in the confusion. They are best known from Agamenon's _The Eumenides_, which means The Kindly Ones, a euphemism for the Erinýes, immortals who avenge intrafamilial murder. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Namaroff: We are men of science. I don't believe in ghosts or evil spirits, and I don't think you do, either.
Professor Jules Heitz: That's one of the most unscientific remarks I have ever heard. I believe in the existence of everything which the human brain is unable to disprove.
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The Mystery of the Gorgon
2 December 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1910, in Vandorf, a painter commits suicide when his pregnant lover is turned in stone. The local authorities hide the truth and the young man is accused of murderer. However his father decides to clear his name and finds that seven similar murders have been committed along the last five years in the village. His investigation ends when he finds that the responsible for the deaths is Magaera, who lives in an old castle in the woods. When his son Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco) and Prof. Karl Meister (Christopher Lee) come to Vandorf to investigate the murder of Paul´s father and brother, the discover that the local Dr. Namaroff (Peter Cushing), his assistant Carla Hoffman (Barbara Shelley), the inspector and the residents are hiding the mystery of the Gorgon.

"The Gorgon" is another great film by Hammer. Directed by their best director, Terence Fisher, and with the stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Barbara Shelley, "The Gorgon" has an engaging but predictable story, wonderful cinematography and good performances. The beauty and charm of Barbara Shelley is impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Górgona" ("The Gorgon")


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