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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
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Despite being top-billed in the film, Christopher Lee's performance is almost entirely confined to the last 35 minutes of the film, with only one very brief scene prior to that. See more »
When Carla meets Heitz in the graveyard, she tosses back the hood of her cape. In the next camera angle, the hood is artfully draped around her shoulders. This occurs again in the castle scene. See more »
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From the evidence I've heard, I have the impression that your son was somewhat of a bohemian. Would you agree with that?
Professor Jules Heitz:
He was a talented artist. His life was of his own choosing.
I also had the impression he was a libertine.
Professor Jules Heitz:
He had a number of girlfriends?
Professor Jules Heitz:
Possibly. However, that does not make him a libertine.
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I have to say that I'm really surprised that The Gorgon isn't one of
the better known Hammer Horror films. Aside from the fact that it stars
Hammer's two biggest actors - Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing - The
Gorgon also features a fairly original cinematic monster, and it makes
for a great fun watch! This film reminded me a lot of The Reptile in
the way it plays out, in that it focuses on a mystery surrounding the
central monster. It has to be said that, like a lot of Hammer Horror
films, the plot is very simplistic; but that's hardly a problem as
there's plenty to enjoy outside of the plot in this film. As the title
suggests, the film focuses on a mysterious 'Gorgon', a woman with a
head full of snakes that can turn people to stone just by looking at
them. She's creating quite a problem for the local village, as citizens
begin turning up dead - but unlike most dead people, they've turned to
stone! The authorities try to cover it up, but as the murders continue,
the son of one of the victims decides to investigate.
The film is very typical of Hammer in that it features a lush colour
scheme and a lot of eerily Gothic settings. The Gorgon is directed by
Hammer's most prolific director, Terence Fisher, and as usual - he does
a solid job. The fact that this film stars both Peter Cushing and
Christopher Lee is definitely to its advantage, although it is
unfortunate (as is the case with many of their joint ventures) that
they don't get to spend a lot of screen time together. Neither one is
at their very best; but even Lee and Cushing on autopilot makes for
great viewing, and neither one disappoints. It has to be said that the
special effects are a bit shoddy and the monster doesn't look
particularly scary; but stuff like that is part of the charm of Hammer
Horror, and personally - I wouldn't have it any other way! It all boils
down to a pretty standard conclusion, but while nothing about this film
stands out too much next the rest of Hammer's output - it still stands
up as a more than decent little horror film and I'm certain that my
fellow Hammer fanatics wont be disappointed with it!
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