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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:
A world turning to stone See more (65 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:
Although the UK cinema version was uncut some shots of the Gorgon's decapitated head were slightly darkened by the BBFC.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Professor Heitz's hairline is entirely different between his early scenes and later ones, after he's been gorgonized.See more »
Quotes:
Coroner:[At the inquisition of Bruno Heitz] 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.
Coroner:I also had the impression he was a libertine.
Professor Jules Heitz:[emphatically] No!
Coroner:He had a number of girlfriends?
Professor Jules Heitz:Possibly. However, that does not make him a libertine.
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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A world turning to stone, 1 October 1999
Author: Forester-2 from Glasgow, scotland

The crucial clue to understanding the work of director Terence Fisher is to note that his directing hero was not one of the 'usual suspects' for a horror director, like Lang or Hitchcock, but Frank Borzage, the 30's director of tender, fragile romances like 'Moonrise' and 'A Farewell To Arms'. And as he grew more confident and independent in his work for Hammer films, Fisher's most personal work smuggled Borzagian romance past his producers in horror guise. Forget the usual critical cliche about his work: that it presents rigidly defined black-and-white battles between Good and Evil.This only applies to a handful of his pictures, usually from the earlier part of his Hammer career. In Fisher's mature work, the lines between good and evil are often more ambiguous than in many of the more modernist horrors that came after him (e.g.'The Exorcist' and 'Halloween'). And his most heartfelt work - 'Curse Of The Werewolf','Phantom Of The Opera','Frankenstein Created Woman'and the film discussed here, is a sequence of tragic love stories. Which brings us to 'The Gorgon', one of the most romantic but also the bleakest of these love stories. All the key characters in the film are driven by the most desperate love: the pregnant Sascha in the opening scenes, Professor Heitz mourning and defending a lost son, Carla and Paul in their foredoomed affair, Namaroff oppressing Carla and torturing himself with the love she can never reciprocate, Ratoff(who might at first seem a token thug)worshipping Carla as devoutly as is master does, even Christopher Lee's celibate Meister has a father's anxious protectiveness towards Paul. But in the bleak world which cameraman Michael Reed depicts throughout in grim blues and greys, there is no reward for such devotion but the stony isolation of death. The film, however, is tragic rather than merely nihilistic, for the characters are haunted throughout by the thought that their love might somehow win them a place in some better world somewhere else. This makes Carla's parting from Paul in the castle scene all the more poignant: haven't we all known a moment such as she knows then, when we face the fact that the door to salvation was open to us as recently as a couple of minutes ago, but we looked away at the wrong moment and the breeze blew it shut? That's why this, like all Fisher's best films, is such a treasurable work. It's not about shock effects, but about the beauty and sadness of being alive. It stands as the bleakest of all Gorgon myths, bleaker by far than the Greek originals, for it portrays a whole world whose fate is to turn to stone.

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