The Gorgon
The Gorgon (1964)
Title: The Gorgon
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Written by: John Gilling; J. Llewellyn Devine
Produced by: Anthony Nelson Keys
Music by: James Bernard
Cinematography: Michael Reed
Edited by: Eric Boyd Perkins
James Needs
Distributed by: Hammer Film Productions; Columbia Pictures
Released: August 21st, 1964 (UK)
February 17th, 1965 (USA)
Rating: Unrated
Running time: 83 min.
Country: UK
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Gross: Unknown

The Gorgon is a British horror film of the supernatural monster subgenre. It was directed by Terence Fisher with a script written by John Gilling based on a story treatment by J. Llewellyn Devine. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions and premiered in the United Kingdom on August 21st, 1964. In the United States, the film was distributed through Columbia Pictures and released on February 17th, 1965. The Gorgon brings together the horror power couple of the 1960s, Christopher Lee as Professor Karl Meister and Peter Cushing as Doctor Namaroff. Other stars include Richard Pasco as Paul Heitz, Barbara Shelley as Carla Hoffman, Michael Goodliffe as Professor Jules Heitz and Patrick Trought as Inspector Kanof.

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  • The tagline for this film is, "A monster with the power to turn living screaming flesh into stone!"

Allusions Edit

  • A gorgon is a creature of mythological Greek legend and is a described as a female creature with venomous snakes for hair, whose gaze was so horrifying that one look from a gorgon could turn any person into stone. In the classic Greek tradition, there are three known gorgons, all of whom were sisters: Stheno and Euryale, and Medusa. Thanks to popular culture and films such as Clash of the Titans, Medusa has become the most well-known of the gorgon sisters. This film refers to the gorgon sisters as Tisiphone, Megaera, and Medusa. It is posited that Megaera is the name of the gorgon who haunts the castle of Vandorf.
  • The setting for this film is a village called Vandorf in Germany. Vandorf is a fictional location, but the name may have been taken from Vandorf hamlet, which is in the municipality of Whitchurch–Stouffville in Ontario, Canada.

Recommendations Edit

1960s Horror

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  1. IMDB; The Gorgon (1964); Box office & business.
  2. IMDB; The Gorgon (1964); Filming locations.

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