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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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User Reviews:
Great atmosphere! 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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Language:
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:
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:
Continuity: When the nurse rolls Sasha's stone body in and hits her finger on the table she breaks off about 2/3 of the finger. Later the finger on the ground and the missing digit is the entire finger.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:
Referenced in Attack of the Octopus People (2010) (V)See more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Great atmosphere!, 29 August 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is an enjoyable rather forgotten movie from the Hammer studio's, staring both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee again.

I particularly liked the atmosphere of the movie. Unlike many other Hammer movies, this one actually got creepy, which was mainly due to its mysterious build up and overall atmosphere. The first appearance of Megaera is a great horror moment and surprised me quite a bit at how greatly it was done.

But no, unfortunately the movie is a whole isn't among the best the Hammer studios ever provided. The actual story fails to become really interesting and the character treatment isn't the greatest. It took me a while into the movie to realize that Peter Cushing was going to be the 'bad' guy in this and Christoper Lee the good guy. Normally those roles are always turned around. Besides that, Christopher Lee doesn't really get featured until the movie is already halve way through. His character after that also makes a redundant impression and the movie could had easily done without him. He's first billed but don't be fooled, he really isn't the main character in this. It also isn't Christopher Lee's finest acting moment. At times he's just downward horrible. His silly looking make-up and wig also doesn't help much to make his character a good one. Peter Cushing also gets make-up applied. In some sequences he looks so much different than he did in real life! It also takes a while for the movie to introduce its real main character, Paul Heitz.

The story flow also isn't the greatest. The movie gets stuck at times, when the mystery doesn't get explained and not enough is happening in the movie, even though the actual story itself is in its core quite a good one, that's filled with lots of potential, that doesn't really get ever exploited in this movie.

The movie obviously didn't cost a lot to made. Like I said before, the make-up effects aren't the greatest but more distracting are the obvious fake backgrounds and sets. Nevertheless, this has now of course become part of the charm of Hammer horror movies.

Greatly enjoyable to watch for the Hammer fans.

6/10

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