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The Gorgon [VHS] [1964]

Terence Fisher|Christopher Lee|Peter Cushing|Richard Pasco    Suitable for 12 years and over   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Terence Fisher|Christopher Lee|Peter Cushing|Richard Pasco
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Laser UK Ltd
  • VHS Release Date: 5 Mar 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RVI2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,806 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hammer Studios was on a roll by 1964, adapting and updating classic movie monsters with a gory gothic slant, but the fantasy-tinged thriller The Gorgon was a rare attempt at producing their own creature. Transporting the Greek Gorgon myth to turn-of-the-century Europe, Terence Fisher invests the rural mittel-European village with a kind of cursed decay. A deserted castle dominates the perpetually mist-bound landscape while a series of unexplained murders leave victims turned to cold, grey stone. The details are carefully hushed up by local doctor and asylum director Peter Cushing, who helps frame an outsider for the latest murder, which brings a parade of outsiders in to clear his name. Christopher Lee, under grey hair and bushy mustache, arrives in the third act to play a shaggy but sharp old professor, a scientist whose reason and determination cuts through the emotionally clouded motivations of both his allies and enemies. Fisher creates a thick atmosphere of suspicion and dread while driving the mystery ahead with a rapid pace, which helps overcome the gaps in logic of the town's murky conspiracy. The special effects are frankly stiff and unconvincing: the snakes sprouting from the Gorgon's head are jittery, lifeless stalks that pale next to the gorgeous creation by Ray Harryhausen in Clash of the Titans, but Fisher manages to give the Gorgon's scenes an eerie beauty. --Sean Axmaker

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Classic British horror. The village of Vandorf seems to be cursed with an ancient evil when a series of murders take place. The victims are all turned to stone, and after his son, Bruno, is used as a scapegoat following his suicide, Professor Heitz (Michael Goodliffe) arrives to investigate. The mysterious Professor Namaroff (Peter Cushing) and local police chief Kanof (Patrick Troughton) close ranks, making it clear that the Professor is not welcome, and soon he too has been turned to stone, but not before leaving a note for his other son (Richard Pasco) warning him that the Gorgon of Greek mythology is at work in the village.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"Overshadowing the village of Vandorf stands the Castle Borski. From the turn of the century a monster from an ancient age of history came to live here. No living thing survived and the spectre of death hovered in waiting for her next victim."

Directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions, The Gorgon stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. Photography is by Michael Reed, the design courtesy of Bernard Robinson and the unique score is by James Bernard (he blended Soprano with a Novachord). Very much a bit off kilter in terms of classical Hammer Horror, The Gorgon sees Hammer turn to Greek Mythology for its latest instalment.

The key issue here is that The Gorgon should be viewed more as a doomed love story featuring a legendary horror character. To call this a horror film is just wrong, and marketing it a such has done the film few favours over the years. Fisher always thought of The Gorgon as one of his best films, and he was right to do so for it's a hauntingly beautiful piece of work, a film that is also one of Hammer's most visually accomplished efforts. Yes the effects of the Gorgon herself come the finale are low budgeted naffness, to which if it had been possible to never show close ups of her the film would have been greater. More so because all the prior long distance shots of her have gained maximum chill factor. She's a floaty green demon accompanied by eerie music, effectively shot in dreamy Technicolor by Michael Reed. But cest la vie, the story is such we have to have these close ups, so lets just embrace this minor itch for existing in a time before CGI and applaud its adherence to the Gothic tradition that the film faithfully captures.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Just Cant Beat the Old Hammer Films 18 Jan 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The colours in the Hammer films are rich and deep, no wishy washy pale colours here, they all have this glorious glow to them. A huge fan, this is one that got away from me, it was on a late night TV and found it captivating, the only one who was missing was Vincent Price, then we would have had the three masters who dominated the screens.
Great story line with a twist, " The Gorgon " is a wonderful piece of film, not forgetting the special FX at that time compared to today were limited, even so, personally I thought it was great, and have watched it more than once.
A must have to all Hammer film buffs
Recommended
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT HAMMER HORROR 1 Sep 2010
Format:DVD
The Gorgon [DVD]This is one of those 'out-of-the-way' Hammer productions that scored well with audiences the World over. The tale of one of the three Gorgon sisters inhabiting a castle somewhere in Europe is quite thrillingly shot. Two of the most famous names in the Horror Genre, Sir Christopher Lee and the late Peter Cushing give excellent performances amply supported by the rest of the cast which includes the much used Hammer beauty Barbara Shelly and Patrick Troughton. The setting is the village of Vandorf. A young painter falls in love with one of his models, a local girl, and both are found dead under mysterious surroundings. When the chief Inspector, played by Patrick Troughton, asks Doctor Namaroff (Peter Cushing) whether an autopsy would be performed, the cryptic reply is: "On a body that's turned to Stone?" Thus begins on of Hammer's greatest Horror Masterpieces. The village is plagued by a centuries-old mythical demon. Sir Lee, for once, is the 'good guy'. He plays Professor Meister, a friend of the young boy's father, who is called in to investigate the singular occurrences. Fans of Hammer should own a copy of the DVD. You will not regret your decision. Well acted, well set and well directed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gorgon 12 Jan 2012
By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having not seen this for many years, if not decades, I throughly enjoyed this mid 60s Hammer horror. It has the cast of casts with both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee in leading roles, although Lee is mainly used in the 2nd half of the film.

The film is directed by Hammers finest, Terence Fisher, who as far as I can tell never made a bad film. With an inimitable music score by James Bernard, and a good script this is a safe bet to buy, especially as its reletively cheap at the moment. The transfer is pretty good and the film is in widescreen. I'd certainly never seen it in widescreen before.

For me Peter Cushing dominates the film. He gives one of those effortless performances, where you think, well hes not doing very much really, but he is..... In the labatory, in court, just every scene hes in. Its a riveting performance as always!

On the downside, well not much really, I thought Christopher Lee was slightly miscast, and there are no extras to speak of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
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'The Gorgon' inspired both fear, fascination and fantasy in us as children. I remember vividly watching this film, as my father allowed us up late to see such horror movies (because we loved them) during the 60s. Probably one of the greatest Hammer horror movies, because unlike the Draculas, Frankinstein Monsters etc., this was a story based upon a legend of a woman who only had to look upon her victims to destroy them! I can still recall anticipating the full viewing of the woman with snakes in her hair which for the most part in the movie you only get to see from a distance or in the shadows until the end, but it's well worth the wait!

This movie has been BEAUTIFULLY re-mastered - along with its original Trailer - gorgeous - and at this bargain price - you won't be able to resist to take a look upon 'The Gorgon' - if you dare!!

(You may be distracted somewhat by all the handsome male eye-candy; including many familiar faces looking at their best, including; Christopher Lee, who despite being made up to look much older, still looks 'fit'! Peter Cushing - looking at his most attractive with those burns and facial hair. Richard Pasco, who gives an award-winning performance in the lead role, Alister Williamson, Patrick Troughton and Redmond Phillips!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FANTASTIC DISC
HAMMER were to me at there best when they tried something new.The GORGON comes from what some people call there golden age. Read more
Published 14 days ago by horror king
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gorgeous
Utilising the set design to it's best limited advantage, this is Hammer autumnal in some of Hammers finest hues, thanks to Terence Fisher's telling use of browns, vivid reds & dead... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zaroff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hammer horror story that you will love and it has all the chich Hammer with it .
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Robert Lismore
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best
Good story line, and it's not until the very last minute that one realises who is to blame. A brilliant film with a sad ending without giving anything away.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. M. G. Rowland
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, but slowly being rediscovered
I recall my father letting me watch this on television as a child and it absolutely terrified me! The scene when you see the Gorgon for the first time proper and she just sort of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars horror
Very good film excellent condition I love all horror films.I like the older movies.excellent price and in good condition.enjoyed so many old horror films lately. Read more
Published 4 months ago by christine wright
4.0 out of 5 stars The golden years of Hammer horror
The Gorgon reunited Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, who were up to that point destined to be separated within the industry after Lee had moved to Switzerland. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Colonel Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars If looks could kill
This film must seem like a silent monochrome antique to todays youngsters or otherwise a classic horror packed with gothic atmosphere or may simply be one of Hammers lesser outings... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ken Raus
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't use long words Inspector...
When his father Professor Jules Heitz and brother Bruno die under mysterious circumstances, Paul Heitz travels to a small town to determine what is going on. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars film
it was nice to watch the film again , delivered on time good quality film will recommend the film to any body
Published 6 months ago by stanley j matthews
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