A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ...
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Jonathan Jones, a professor of ancient languages, comes into possession of an ancient coin. He translates its inscription, which gives him three powers: to inflict pain, slow down time or ... See full summary »
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds... Written by
Many consider William Castle to be a sort of used car salesman turned
film-maker. Admittedly, he relies heavily on hype, and admittedly his hype
has worn a little thin over the years, but Bill Castle has been involved
with some memorable movies over the years. The Tingler, Rosemary's Baby,
Strait Jacket, and Mr. Sardonicus are his most entertaining ventures. No
doubt, Mr. Sardonicus will seem awfully tame to younger audiences seeking
shock value and graphic gore, but to those who enjoy a more old fashioned
style of horror film, Sardonicus has a definite appeal. The story line is
very unique, the acting is good (especially by Guy Rolfe playing the title
character), and the ending is great. Rolfe is great as the kindly,
respectful peasant turned nasty, unfeeling aristocrat. Sure, the special
effects are a little long in the tooth, but sit a young child down in front
of this movie and watch his/her reaction when Sardonicus reveals his
condition. I remember being scared witless watching this as a youth.
Actually, I wouldn't recommend this movie for the very young, but it's a lot
of fun for the young at heart. If you enjoy 1950s horror films, check out
this little-known gem.
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