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The Gorgon (1964)

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Status: In Release

Category: Film

Genre: Gothic Horror

Language: English

Running time: TBA

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In the first decade of this century, Vandoff experienced a series of inexplicable murders. All the victims were young men who had been to stone. The perpetrator of these deaths was a being so repulsive that she transformed the onlooker using the power of her deadly stare. Much of the time the creature took the form of a beautiful and seductive woman, but during periods of the full moon she becomes a living horror, vicious and deadly. Professor Namaroff has come to investigate the deaths, bringing with him his beautiful assistant whose knowledge of the Gorgon is more intimate than anyone would ever realise.

Cast: Peter Cushing; Christopher Lee; Richard Pasco; Barbara Shelley; Michael Goodliffe; Patrick Troughton; Jack Watson; Jeremy Longhurst; Toni Gilpin; Redmond Phillips; Joseph O'Conor; Alister Williamson; Joyce Hemson; Michael Peake; Sally Nesbitt
Director: Terence Fisher

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31 Jan 2013, 7:01am

This is one of Hammer's most atmospheric gothic horrors, if not THE most! It would be up there with Dracula if it wasn't for the ending! The look of this film is just amazing with rich, warm interiors and cold blue, violet exteriors. The story is good, if a bit predictable and lacking surprise, and has one of the most downbeat, cynical commentaries on star-crossed lovers. It's wonderful to see the role reversal for Peter Cushing as a sympathetic villain and Christopher Lee as the out and out hero of the piece. Christopher Lee browbeating everyone in sight is a delight to watch! Cushing and Lee's confrontation in the studio cottage is a highlight. This movie also has the most distinctive score by James Bernard with an awesomely chilling female voice solo as the gorgon's siren call! This film was parodied hilariously by Roman Polanski, an apparent Hammer fan, in his "Dance of the Vampires" with a twisted version of the gorgon's call. Concerning the ending, Barbara Shelley apparently was willing to play the part of the gorgon as well with real snakes in a wig on her head! No go because of time and money. Which was unfortunate because, as Christopher Lee has stated, "The only thing wrong with 'The Gorgon', is the gorgon."