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Run Time:
83 min
IMDB Rating:
6.4 / 10 
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Directors: Terence Fisher [Director] ,

Movie Description:
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.


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Medusa's sister is loose in post-Victorian Germany!

The spirit of one of the three Gorgon sisters from Greek mythology is terrorizing a German village in the early 1900s. A doctor (Peter Cushing) seems to be in denial about the supernatural element of the mounting deaths in the last seven years, but a professor from out of town has no qualms about finding the truth (Christopher Lee). Barbara Shelley plays the doctor's assistant while Richard Pasco is on hand as a subordinate to the professor.

"The Gorgon" (1965) is cut from the same gothic horror cloth as other Hammer flicks of the era, like "Dracula, Prince of Darkness" (1966), "Frankenstein Created Woman" (1967) and "Frankenstein Must be Destroyed" (1969), as well as similar non-Hammer movies, like Corman & Coppola's "The Terror" (1963) and "The Creeping Flesh" (1973). If you like these kinds of films, you'll appreciate "The Gorgon," although it's the least of these IMHO, albeit not far off.

The pace is slow as suspense mounts with various revelations. The romantic element lends human interest and it's nice to see Cushing and Lee sorta trade typical roles. As usual with Hammer and similar flicks from the era, the colorful spooky ambiance is a top attraction. And noble redhead Barbara Shelley doesn't hurt.

The movie runs 1 hour, 23 minutes, and was shot at Bray Studios in England.


The Mystery of the Gorgon

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")

Has to be one of Hammer's most under-appreciated films

The Gorgon may not be a personal favourite from Hammer, but it is still a film well worth watching, and along with Curse of the Werewolf it's among Hammer's most under-appreciated.

Admittedly, the story is absurd and occasionally could have been more eventful. The ending felt rushed and abrupt. And while the Gorgon was scary at first, by the end she did look rather cheaply made-up and more goofy and menacing. The snakes agreed did look fake, and the true identity of the Gorgon was made a bit too obviously too early.

On the other hand, the Gorgon aside, The Gorgon is quite well-done visually, with splendidly Gothic sets, sumptuous period detail, shadowy and bold lighting and beautiful and atmospheric photography. Fisher, the most frequent of Hammer's directors and for me their best, directs with a fine sense of atmosphere and dread, some parts are incredibly suspenseful, while not forgetting to make things fun too. Hammer regular James Bernard provides a music score that's jaunty but also booming with hauntingly thrilling effect, a highly effective score that fits with the mood like a glove.

The script is poetic and thought-provoking, with a number of funny and menacing lines from Meister that don't feel out of place (Meister's line about using long words and his answer to Heitz's 'I've been ill' did get a good laugh). It also didn't feel too talky, like some Hammer films can do, and the suspense level is never dropped too much. As silly and absurd the story can be, it very rarely harms the atmosphere which is tense and unnerving and didn't feel too predictable. While the characters are not the most well-developed, they are ones that are not too hard to care for.

It is because of the great performances from a talented cast that play a large part of as to why that is. Peter Cushing's dignity and restraint was very much appreciated and Christopher Lee performs with terrific gusto, and relishes his dialogue. Richard Pasco has fun too, Prudence Hyman horrifies as the Gorgon and Barbara Shelley has got to be Hammer's best ever femme fatale. Patrick Troughton, more than just a cameo this time, is great as well.

All in all, The Gorgon is not flawless but it's a good film with a lot of merits, and has to be one of Hammer's most under-appreciated. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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