Sunday, April 10, 2016

The Gorgon Movie Review 386

 The Gorgon is a 1964 Hammer horror movie directed by Terence Fisher and starring Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee.

In Germany in the 1900's, there is a village called Vandorf and there are a large amount of murders in the area. There is a creepy Castle in the area and all of the locals are afraid to go anywhere near it.
A young man called Bruno Heitz is with her girlfriend when they have an argument. She runs off into the forest and sees something horrific. She is killed and the locals blame Bruno for it. He is found hanging from a tree and the inquest says that he killed her and then himself. Doctor Namaroff(Peter Cushing) signs off on it, but he looks shifty. His assistant is Carla(Barbara Shelley) and she finds that the body of the young girl who was killed has turned into stone. There is a legend going around that the Gorgon called Megaera who has snakes coming out of her head is in the village and she is at the castle. She kills people by turning them to stone when they look at her. She has assumed human form so who is she?

Bruno's father turns up and wants to investigate what happened, but he too sees something horrible and turns into stone but not before writing a letter to his son telling him what is going on. Paul Heitz (Richard Pasco)turns up in Vandorf and wants answers about what happened to his brother Bruno and his dad. Dr. Namaroff is not giving anything away. He seems to know something, but will not help Paul to find out what is going on. The local Inspector Kanof(Patrick Troughton) is not too keen on Paul digging around.

Paul's friend is Professor Karl Meister(Lee) and he comes to Vandorf to see what is going on. Paul has seen something horrible near the castle and ended up in hospital. He has aged too. He has also fallen in love with Carla. He wants to take her away but she can't go. Namaroff is in love with her too and he doesn't want to let her go. He knows something about her and he is protecting her. Meister tells Paul that he thinks that Megaera is inside Carla. Paul doesn't believe it. He meets Carla and he wants her to go to Leipzig to wait for him and they can be together. Meister tells Paul that she will not leave Vandorf as she is Megaera. Namaroff turns up looking for Carla and they all end up at the castle. Namaroff and Paul fight over Carla and Megaera shows up. Namaroff looks at her and dies. Paul sees her too. Meister chops off her head and Paul sees her turning back into Carla before he dies.

This was entertaining and good fun to watch. I liked the cast and even though the special effects are not the best(they are really bad!), I really enjoyed watching this movie and I recommend it to Hammer fans. I will give it 7/10.


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