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Mr. Sardonicus
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Director:
Writers:
Ray Russell (screenplay)
Ray Russell (novel)
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Release Date:
12 February 1962 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A man of evil... with a face that could stop a heart! See more »
Plot:
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace... See more » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Best ever of the genre; an absolute delight. See more (70 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Ronald Lewis ... Sir Robert Cargrave

Audrey Dalton ... Baroness Maude Sardonicus

Guy Rolfe ... Baron Sardonicus / Marek Toleslawski
Oskar Homolka ... Krull (as Oscar Homolka)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Henryk Toleslawski
Erika Peters ... Elenka Toleslawski
Lorna Hanson ... Anna
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edith Atwater ... Nurse (uncredited)
Ilse Burkert ... Second Girl (uncredited)

William Castle ... Himself (uncredited)
Constance Cavendish ... Mrs. Higgins (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
James Forrest ... Geoffery Wainwright (uncredited)
David Janti ... Janku (uncredited)
Annalena Lund ... First Girl (uncredited)
Mavis Neal Palmer ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
Franz Roehn ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Tina Woodward ... The Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
William Castle 
 
Writing credits
Ray Russell (screenplay)

Ray Russell (novella "Sardonicus")

Produced by
William Castle .... producer
Dona Holloway .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Von Dexter 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
James Crowe  (as James M. Crowe)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director
Leslie Gorall .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Angel .... wardrobe
Pat Barto .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Eylla Jacobs .... script supervisor (as Eylla Jacobus)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (1961) | UK:12 | UK:X (original rating) | USA:TV-PG | USA:Approved (Certificate No. 19991) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
When Sir Robert first arrives at Castle Sardonicus, the castle is in view in the background. The lighted windows make the castle look like a skull.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: As the Doctor arrives in the train depot in Gorslava, the door opens and the camera pulling away is reflected in the door's glass.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Sardonicus:What I had not forseen was that the face of my father, the muscles stretched by a terrible death recoil, would look directly and hideously upon me, the dead lips drawn back in a constant and soul-shattering smile.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Homicidal (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Foggy, Foggy DewSee more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Best ever of the genre; an absolute delight., 16 January 1999

No less a writer than Stephen King has called the novella "Sardonicus" perhaps "finest example of modern gothic horror ever written." I have delighted and relished the novella and the movie all my life, and I saw and read these when they first came out (1961). YES, the movie is "hokie". Yes, the movie is directed at the juvenile set, as all of William Castle's pictures were. But for those of us who were around in the William Castle era, the entertainment provided by his movies was supreme (consider the homage, "Matinee"), Everything anyone could want in a 19th century gothic horror appears in Sardonicus--including villains, heroes, beautiful virtuous maidens, Transylvania, leeches, hypo-dermic needles (my hyphen), and even a deformed Igor-type (herein called Krull), played to PERFECTION, PERFECTION, PERFECTION by the late great Oscar Homolka. This movie was thought of so highly by the writers of "Wiseguy" the TV series, that they used it as a sub-plot for a multi-episode "mini-series" within the series.

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-handedness? vl2
Why wasn't it called 'Baron Sardonicus'? mistermemory
Connection? eagle-78
My favorite 'reveal' ever! tom-2515
Impressed By Sardonicus' Perfect Diction! jack_north
replaced line in Wm. Castle's intro? albersbrian
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