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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:
Eerie and Haunting 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:
Prudence Hyman's snake-filled wig was worked by five wires which were attached to a box that was about 25 feet behind her.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the climactic scene in the castle, during the fight between Namarof and Heitz, Namarof tries to secure his balance by holding on to an iron candlestick which bends, revealing itself to be made out of rubber.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 The Perfect Scary Movie (2005) (TV)See more »

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Why would an ancient Greek Gorgon choose to live in northern Europe?
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Eerie and Haunting, 24 August 2000
Author: HK Cat from Redondo Beach, Calif. USA

As mentioned by many, the Gorgon is not your typical scare-fest horror film. It's driving force is its atmosphere, its lore and understanding various subplots. Cheaply made, the film has no doubt turned some to stone-cold hysterics with its campy effects and home movie-like makeup of the creature. While the story has wonderful elements of mystery and lure, it never reveals certain motivations. For example, why has the Gorgon's spirit returned to earth? What is the Cushing character's intentions? Many of the story's characters know the myth behind the murders (how many variations are there to a creature turning a man to stone with her gaze?), so controlling the creature was no revelation. But all that aside, the film's theme is captivating. If you don't expect a monster movie, but view this film as a mystery based on folklore and with a haunting backdrop, you too will be delighted with this hidden gem. There is a scene in castle, when Mageara first appears and we catch glimpses of her peeking out at a prospective victim. It's a tantalizing prelude to the terror to come. But the scene that had me mesmerized , and that singularly crystalizes the Gorgon's chilling presence is when she has turned a character with her demonic stare, then seemingly drifts back into the shadows. It is a strangely beautiful scene. The Gorgon, called the Mageara, is a true mystery. She has no emotion, no true motivation, and she is not shown stalking her prey. Like a black widow in human form, she merely waits for (perhaps even lures) innocent souls to come to her parlor. Mageara seemingly in incapable of harming man, except for her petrifying gaze; she quietly floats about the castle. If I were to remake this film, I would tell the story from the perspective of the female host, and the struggle to understand her curse. There is sheer tragedy in what Hammer has presented, and I find myself looking upon many of the story's characters with sense of sadness and doom. Finally, I want to say that I wish the stone victims could have turned quickly, like those poor souls in the film "Thief of Baghdad," with Steve Reeves. Oh well, just a last thought.

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