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The Gorgon ()


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In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

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Prof. Karl Meister
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Dr. Namaroff
Richard Pasco ...
Paul Heitz
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Carla Hoffman
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Professor Jules Heitz
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Inspector Kanof
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Coroner
Prudence Hyman ...
The Gorgon
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Ratoff
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Hans
Jeremy Longhurst ...
Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin ...
Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson ...
Martha
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Janus Cass
Michael Peake ...
Constable
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Peter Evans ...
Inquest Jury Member (uncredited)
Patrick Halpin ...
Man Warning Mob of Police (uncredited)
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Nurse (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ...
Angry Mob (uncredited)

Directed by

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Terence Fisher

Written by

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

Produced by

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Anthony Nelson Keys ... producer

Music by

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James Bernard

Cinematography by

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Michael Reed ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Eric Boyd-Perkins ... (as Eric Boyd Perkins)

Editorial Department

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James Needs ... supervising editor
David Nimmo ... assistant editor (uncredited)
George Patten ... second assistant editor (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Bernard Robinson

Art Direction by

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Don Mingaye

Makeup Department

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Roy Ashton ... make-up artist
Frieda Steiger ... hair stylist
Richard Mills ... make-up artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Don Weeks ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Bert Batt ... assistant director
Hugh Harlow ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Stephen Victor ... third assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Arthur Banks ... construction manager (uncredited)
Stan Banks ... master plasterer (uncredited)
Burt Evans ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Eric Hillier ... props buyer (uncredited)
Tom Money ... property master (uncredited)
Kenneth Ryan ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren ... master painter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Roy Hyde ... sound editor
Ken Rawkins ... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Roy Mingaye ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Michael Sale ... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Alan Thorne ... sound assistant (uncredited)

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Sydney Pearson ... special effects (as Syd Pearson)
Ray Caple ... special effects assistant (uncredited)

Stunts

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Peter Diamond ... fight arranger / stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Rosemary Burrows ... wardrobe mistress
Molly Arbuthnot ... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

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Marcus Dods ... musical supervisor
James Bernard ... musical director (uncredited)

Other crew

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Pauline Harlow ... continuity
W.H.V. Able ... chief accountant (uncredited)
Ken Gordon ... accountant (uncredited)
Arthur Kelly ... studio manager (uncredited)
Dennison Thornton ... publicity director (uncredited)
Maureen White ... production secretary (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La gorgone (France)
  • La Gorgona (Spain)
  • La Medusa (Spain)
  • La gorgona (Spain, Catalan title)
  • La leyenda de Vandorf (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 83 min
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Budget GBP150,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 Megaera is an Erinýe, or Fury, not a Gorgon. The Gorgons were named Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa. The film states that there are two deceased Gorgons, Medusa and Tisiphone. The Erinýes are named Alecto, Megaera, and Tisiphone, and there are no stories of them being killed. The Erinýes had snakes for hair, which may have resulted in the confusion. They are best known from Agamenon's _The Eumenides_, which means The Kindly Ones, a euphemism for the Erinýes, immortals who avenge intrafamilial murder. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Many Faces of Christopher Lee (1996). See more »
Quotes Dr. Namaroff: We are men of science. I don't believe in ghosts or evil spirits, and I don't think you do, either.
Professor Jules Heitz: That's one of the most unscientific remarks I have ever heard. I believe in the existence of everything which the human brain is unable to disprove.
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