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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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THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964) *** 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:
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:
Factual errors: Megaera is an Erinýe, or Fury, not a Gorgon. The Gorgons were named Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa.See more »
Quotes:
Professor Jules Heitz:I want to ask you a simple question.
Dr. Namaroff:Pleas...
Professor Jules Heitz:You were once a guest in my house in Berlin. You met both my sons - Bruno. in particular. You talked to him at some length.
Dr. Namaroff:I believe I did.
Professor Jules Heitz:What impression did you form of him?
Dr. Namaroff:Well, I thought he was...
[Pausing to light a match]
Professor Jules Heitz:Normal?
Dr. Namaroff:Why, yes, of course.
Professor Jules Heitz:Yet capable of murder?
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Attack of the Octopus People (2010) (V)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
THE GORGON (Terence Fisher, 1964) ***, 21 August 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta

Hammer’s THE REPTILE (1966) is a semi-remake of this one, and an improvement – for which the scriptwriter of THE GORGON, John Gilling, was upgraded to director. Typically, the DivX edition I watched was plagued by artifacts and a few jump-cuts (not to mention being in the odious pan-and-scan format); however, I was very glad to have finally caught up with it – especially in view of the DD Home Video company’s recent folding (this had been mentioned as one of a possible number of Columbia/Hammer DVD releases).

Peter Cushing is rather unsympathetic and pitiful here (but still commanding as ever); Christopher Lee (playing much older than his years and who only really comes onto the scene during the last half-hour) is his usual pompous self; Richard Pasco, then, makes for an unusual hero. As for the identity of the titular creature, Megera, this isn’t much of a mystery – since Barbara Shelley is virtually the only female in sight (and, conveniently, suffers from amnesia spells during the cycle of the full moon); Hammer does seem to have had their myths mixed up here, and isn’t Cushing rather negligent in having failed to prove his theory for five whole years?! Other notable cast members include police chief Patrick Troughton, Michael Goodliffe (as Pasco’s father, who along with his other son, falls victim to The Gorgon) and Jack Watson as Cushing’s over-eager aide.

In most aspects, this is a typical Hammer product from their 1955-68 heyday: rich-looking (production design courtesy of Bernard Robinson) but essentially undernourished – the monster ‘attacks’ being centered around one family unit, while the much-feared castle seems to be situated in the immediate vicinity of the local inn! Still, most of the Hammer stalwarts (above all director Fisher and composer James Bernard) are in good form – however, the two stars only interact in one brief scene and Roy Ashton’s make-up isn’t exactly great (which Fisher, astutely, generally films from a distance and, in fact, we only get to see her full figure at the very end).

Needless to say, I’d love to see this receive an official DVD release – along with my two most-desired Columbia/Hammer properties, namely TASTE OF FEAR (1961) and THE DAMNED (1963).

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