The Gorgon

The Gorgon

Terence Fisher (1964)

79min
X Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The snake-tressed, petrifying spirit of the Greek mythological creature haunts a German village by possessing one of its inhabitants in director Terence Fisher's most poetic and underrated fearful fairy tale. One of the House of Horror's outings that is totally unclassifiable, it relies less on its absurd story and more on provocative imagery. But, while it may fall short of the monstrous mark, the period atmosphere is powerfully evoked, made headier by the peerless Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee at the height of their dramatic authority, and Hammer's best ever femme fatale Barbara Shelley.

Summary

A spate of strange deaths occurs in a small German town, with the bodies being turned to stone, and the proprietor of a nearby lunatic asylum soon finds himself under suspicion. However, a folklore expert realises a local woman has been possessed by the legendary snake-headed monster of Greek mythology, and has developed the ability to petrify her victims with a deadly gaze. Hammer horror, starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco and Patrick Troughton.

Cast & Crew

Namaroff Peter Cushing
Prof Carl Meister Christopher Lee
Paul Heitz Richard Pasco
Carla Hoffman Barbara Shelley
Professor Heitz Michael Goodliffe
Kanof Patrick Troughton
Ratoff Jack Watson
Bruno Heitz Jeremy Longhurst
The Gorgon Prudence Hyman
Director Terence Fisher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Hammer Film Prods LtdGuidance: Contains violence.Available on: video and DVD
Drama