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The Gorgon

  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Terence Fisher
  • 79 mins
  • X

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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NamaroffPeter Cushing
Prof Carl MeisterChristopher Lee
Paul HeitzRichard Pasco
Carla HoffmanBarbara Shelley
Professor HeitzMichael Goodliffe
KanofPatrick Troughton
RatoffJack Watson
Bruno HeitzJeremy Longhurst
The GorgonPrudence Hyman

Crew

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DirectorTerence Fisher

Details

Theatrical distributor
Hammer Film Prods Ltd
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence.
Available on
video, DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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