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Director:
Writers:
John Gilling (screenplay)
J. Llewellyn Devine (original story)
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Release Date:
17 February 1965 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone! See more »
Plot:
In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Among Hammer's best See more (64 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lee ... Prof. Karl Meister

Peter Cushing ... Dr. Namaroff
Richard Pasco ... Paul Heitz
Barbara Shelley ... Carla Hoffman

Michael Goodliffe ... Professor Jules Heitz

Patrick Troughton ... Inspector Kanof
Joseph O'Conor ... Coroner
Prudence Hyman ... The Gorgon
Jack Watson ... Ratoff
Redmond Phillips ... Hans
Jeremy Longhurst ... Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin ... Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson ... Martha
Alister Williamson ... Janus Cass
Michael Peake ... Constable
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sally Nesbitt ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
John Gilling (screenplay)

J. Llewellyn Devine (original story)

Produced by
Anthony Nelson Keys .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Boyd-Perkins  (as Eric Boyd Perkins)
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Don Mingaye 
 
Makeup Department
Roy Ashton .... makeup artist
Frieda Steiger .... hair stylist
Richard Mills .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stephen Victor .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... construction manager (uncredited)
Stan Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Alan Thorne .... sound assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Sydney Pearson .... special effects (as Syd Pearson)
Ray Caple .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Diamond .... fight arranger
Peter Diamond .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Cecil Cooney .... camera operator (as C. Cooney)
Albert Cowlard .... camera grip (uncredited)
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Anthony B. Richmond .... clapper loader (uncredited)
John Shinerock .... focus puller (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
Molly Arbuthnot .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
David Nimmo .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... musical supervisor
James Bernard .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pauline Harlow .... continuity
W.H.V. Able .... chief accountant (uncredited)
Ken Gordon .... accountant (uncredited)
Arthur Kelly .... studio manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
83 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:X | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:16 | Portugal:M/18 | Spain:T | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2010) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20685) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
The film was released as a double bill with The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964).See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Megaera is an Erinýe, or Fury, not a Gorgon. The Gorgons were named Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa.See more »
Quotes:
Prof. Karl Meister:[Contemptuously to Inspector Kanof] Don't use long words, Inspector; they don't suit you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Teeth (2007/I)See more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Among Hammer's best, 5 July 2000
Author: Ian Brown (Glad-2) from Edinburgh, Scotland

The Gorgon ranks among Hammer's very best. Its premise is daring and imaginative - a female spectre so hideous that all who gaze on her are turned to stone, a power even more unnerving than the physical ferocity of lycanthropy or vampirism.

It boasts a wealth of Hammer expertise: Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee are at their peak; John Gilling scripted lucidly; James Bernard's score is one of his finest, the familiar overwrought strings underlaid with a spectral organ effect; and Michael Reed's pathecolor photography defines the Hammer ‘look', all sombre interiors and gorgeous autumnal forests. But the triumph is finally director Terence Fisher's.

The film begins beautifully with the credits superimposed against the twilit battlements of Castle Borski. Other touches fleetingly capture the mood of gothic-romantic literature. Professor Heitz beguiled into the forest by the Gorgon Magaera's distant siren-call. Her reflection glimpsed through the dead leaves floating on a mill pond. The encounter by moonlight in the graveyard between Richard Pasco and Barbara Shelley.

The Gorgon is certainly one of Hammer's most pessimistic entries. The setting is turn-of-the-century Middle Europe and the production-design more Teutonic than ever (Hammer, ever economical, transposed the monster of Greek classical myth to their familiar Germanic milieu). When we join the story the village of Vandorf has been under Magaera's baleful spell for seven years. Much of the action takes place in a repressive asylum. And Castle Borski is not the richly appointed seat of other Hammer films but a broken windswept ruin.

Characterisation is equally unrelenting. Cushing's Dr Namaroff is a more ruthless and maniacal variation of Van Helsing. Lee's Professor Meister , though gruffly benevolent, is overbearingly fatalistic. Meanwhile the most sympathetic characters - Carla, Paul, his father and brother - are all killed.

OK, inevitably the Gorgon's makeup is weak (though it scared me when I first saw it at age 11). The sickly green palor and spidery wrinkles are good, but the snake-hair just looks like she washed it the night before and couldn't do a thing with it. Half-glimpsed, her first appearance is remarkably effective, though. Her graceful tiptoe from behind the cobwebs in ghastly counterpoint to what we know will be her terrible visage. A sudden shock close-up and she disappears - almost glides - back into the shadows in long shot, a sequence as well done as anything Fisher has ever constructed. Alas, audience expectation (something Hammer usually deferred to) demanded a full-facial exposure at the end.

The temptation would be to say that The Gorgon might have worked better in black and white - but that would be to deny Michael Reed's disciplined use of colour. Perhaps only today's enhanced computer-graphics could properly pull off the effect required.

That flaw apart, The Gorgon survives as an early Hammer classic that can stand alongside Dracula, Brides of Dracula and The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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