Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Gorgon (1964)

4 / 5
Tagline: A Monster With The Power To Turn The Living Screaming Flesh Into Stone
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Written by: J. Llewellyn Devine, John Gilling
Actors include: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco
Genre: Horror
Length: 83 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: UK

A beautifully shot and restored gothic tale of horror! I actually saw Hammer's "Reptile" first, which definitely shares many similarities with this plot, but "The Gorgon" actually did come first. As the story goes there were three gorgon sisters, one of which was of course Medusa, one was another sister and then there was Megaera. Megaera is the monster in this tale, she of course has a head of snakes and to look at her one turns to stone. This story actually made for a very cool movie and I'm surprised there haven't been more takes on this idea. Cushing and Lee are fantastic as two men trying to solve the mystery of the gorgon. That being said, it's set up quite a bit like a mystery and it's a fun one to try and figure out plus the make-up for the gorgon is pretty sweet. Definitely a fun Hammer film that I'd recommend, but then again nearly all Hammer films are great!

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