26 October 2014

The Gorgon (1964)
86 min.
Directed by Terence Fisher.
With Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco, Michael Goodliffe, Patrick Troughton, Jack Watson, Toni Gilpin, Joyce Hemson, Prudence Hyman.
Excellent Hammer horror directed by Terence Fisher.

Could the centuries-old spirit of mythological Megaera (of the infamous Gorgon sisters) have inhabited the body of an anonymous resident in a small German village, subsequently killing off local townspeople...her stare turning those who see her into rock hard stone?

Who could the host be? Can Megaera be stopped before more lives are 'gorgonized'?

Another gem in director Fisher's crown, this beautifully crafted 1964 Hammer entry yields some interesting performances from Cushing (as the controlling and ill-fated Dr. Namaroff) and Lee (as the astute, if unpredictable Professor Meister).

There's mood galore, Fisher's color palette is stunning, and Castle Borski makes a great set piece; James Bernard's score is absolutely delightful.

Note: contrary to 'modern critical' perspective, the Ashton makeup FX created for Megaera's brief onscreen appearances look just fine. No need to overdo what should be hinted at only anyhow.

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