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When his father Professor Jules Heitz and brother Bruno die under mysterious circumstances, Paul Heitz travels to a small town to determine what is going on. It's the early 1900s and he finds villagers who are wary of strangers and apparently live in fear, particularly when there is a full moon. He hears of the legend of Megaera, a Gorgon so hideous that to look at her will turn you to stone. Of particular interest to him are Dr. Namaroff and his attractive assistant Carla Hoffman. Namaroff is obviously hiding something and is very possessive of Carla, who suffers from blackouts and memory loss. With the help of his mentor, Professor Karl Meister, Paul tries to unlock the secrets around them.
A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone!
Title: Gorgon, The
Release Date: February 17, 1965
Runtime: 83 mins
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Christopher Lee ...Prof. Karl Meister
Peter Cushing ...Dr. Namaroff
Richard Pasco ...Paul Heitz
Barbara Shelley ...Carla Hoffman
Michael Goodliffe ...Professor Jules Heitz
Patrick Troughton ...Inspector Kanof
Joseph O'Conor ...Coroner
Prudence Hyman ...The Gorgon
Jack Watson ...Ratoff
Redmond Phillips ...Hans, the valet
Jeremy Longhurst ...Bruno Heitz
Toni Gilpin ...Sascha Cass
Joyce Hemson ...Martha, the mad woman
Alister Williamson ...Janus Cass
Michael Peake ...Constable
Sally Nesbitt ...Nurse
Anthony Nelson Keys
J. Llewellyn Devine
More Movie Taglines:
- A Monster With the Power to Turn Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone!
- A venture into the deepest, starkest realms of the supernatural . . .
- The Gorgon petrifies the screen with Horror!
- She had a face only a mummy could love!
- Petrifies the screen with Horror!
- Prudence Hyman's snake-filled wig was worked by five wires which were attached to a box that was about 25 feet behind her.
Although the UK cinema version was uncut some shots of the Gorgon's decapitated head were slightly darkened by the BBFC.
Actress Barbara Shelley, who played the possessed heroine, Carla Hoffmann, wanted to play the part of the gorgon as well for continuity, and suggested to producer Anthony Nelson Keys that she use a special wig with live green garden snakes woven into it for a more realistic effect. Her idea was rejected by Keys due to budget and time considerations. When Keys saw the abysmal gorgon effects in the finished film, he told Shelley that he should have listened to her suggestion. As Christopher Lee quips, "The only thing wrong with "The Gorgon" is the gorgon!"
The name of the Gorgon character is "Megaera", supposedly taken from mythology. But Megaera ("jealous") in ancient myth is one of the three Erinyes, or Fates - the goddesses of revenge - not a Gorgon. According to Hesiod, the three Gorgons were Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa.
Prudence Hyman was nearly decapitated for real. She was supposed to duck when Lee swung the sword but forgot to do so at the critical moment. The assistant director pushed her aside just in time. The scene was then redone with a dummy.
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