In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.


Terence Fisher


John Gilling (screenplay by), J. Llewellyn Devine (based on an original story by)





Complete credited cast:
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 Prudence Hyman ... The Gorgon
Jack Watson ... Ratoff
Redmond Phillips ... Hans
Jeremy Longhurst Jeremy Longhurst ... Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin Toni Gilpin ... Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson ... Martha
Alister Williamson ... Janus Cass
Michael Peake Michael Peake ... Constable


In early-twentieth-century middle-Europe, villagers are literally becoming petrified. Although the authorities try to hush the matter up, it is apparent that at the full moon, Megaera, a Gorgon, leaves her castle lair and anyone looking on her face is turned to stone. When this fate befalls a visitor, experts from the University of Leipzig arrive to try and get to the bottom of it all. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone! See more »




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Barbara Shelley (Carla Hoffmann) wanted to play the part of The Gorgon as well for continuity, and suggested to Producer Anthony Nelson Keys that she use a special wig with live green garden snakes woven into it for a more realistic effect. Her idea was rejected by Keys due to budget and time considerations. When Keys saw the abysmal Gorgon effects in the finished movie, he told Shelley that he should have listened to her suggestion. As Sir Christopher Lee quips, "The only thing wrong with "The Gorgon" is The Gorgon!" See more »


When the Inspector finds Prof. Meister threatening Dr. Namaroff with the knife, he points his gun at Meister to get him to let Namaroff go. When Meister moves out of the way and the Inspector approaches Namaroff, the Inspector continues to point his gun at Namaroff until they leave the room. Any decent law enforcement officer wouldn't point a gun at someone they don't plan to shoot. See more »


Prof. Karl Meister: Good heavens, Paul. What's happened to you?
Paul Heitz: Oh, why I've um, I've been ill.
Prof. Karl Meister: Ill? You must have been in your grave and dug your way out.
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The Mystery of the Gorgon
2 December 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1910, in Vandorf, a painter commits suicide when his pregnant lover is turned in stone. The local authorities hide the truth and the young man is accused of murderer. However his father decides to clear his name and finds that seven similar murders have been committed along the last five years in the village. His investigation ends when he finds that the responsible for the deaths is Magaera, who lives in an old castle in the woods. When his son Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco) and Prof. Karl Meister (Christopher Lee) come to Vandorf to investigate the murder of Paul´s father and brother, the discover that the local Dr. Namaroff (Peter Cushing), his assistant Carla Hoffman (Barbara Shelley), the inspector and the residents are hiding the mystery of the Gorgon.

"The Gorgon" is another great film by Hammer. Directed by their best director, Terence Fisher, and with the stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Barbara Shelley, "The Gorgon" has an engaging but predictable story, wonderful cinematography and good performances. The beauty and charm of Barbara Shelley is impressive. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Górgona" ("The Gorgon")

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Release Date:

17 February 1965 (USA) See more »

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GBP150,000 (estimated)
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Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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