|Directed by:||Terence Fisher|
|Written by:||John Gilling; J. Llewellyn Devine|
|Produced by:||Anthony Nelson Keys|
|Music by:||James Bernard|
|Edited by:||Eric Boyd Perkins|
|Distributed by:||Hammer Film Productions; Columbia Pictures|
|Released:||August 21st, 1964 (UK)|
February 17th, 1965 (USA)
|Running time:||83 min.|
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.
|Christopher Lee||Professor Karl Meister|
|Peter Cushing||Doctor Namaroff|
|Richard Pasco||Paul Heitz|
|Barbara Shelley||Carla Hoffman|
|Michael Goodliffe||Professor Jules Heitz|
|Patrick Troughton||Inspector Kanof|
|Prudence Hyman||The Gorgon|
|Jeremy Longhurst||Bruno Heitz|
|Toni Gilpin||Sascha Cass|
|Alister Williamson||Janus Cass|
Notes & Trivia Edit
- The tagline for this film is, "A monster with the power to turn living screaming flesh into stone!"
- The Gorgon was filmed at Bray Studios in Berkshire, England. Most of the classic "Hammer Horror" films were shot here. 
- This film is included on the Icons of Horror Collection: Hammer Films DVD collection along with The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, Scream of Fear and The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll. The collection was released by Sony Pictures on October 14th, 2008.
- The Gorgon is Terence Fisher's ninth horror film as a director, as well as his ninth film for Hammer Film Productions.
- 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.
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