Mr Sardonicus stars Guy Rolfe as a man who is given a curse of a huge wicked smile on his face when he robs his own fathers grave in search of a lottery ticket. Just that small plot outline got me hooked, and I had to get this film.
In all I wasn't let down. Rolfe for me was quite a special actor with a distinctive voice. Also starring is Ronald Lewis, for me a dead ringer to Sean Connery. He stars as the doctor ensigned to help Mr Sardonicus' face.
It's all played incredibly well and also stars Oscar Homloka as a sort of Ygor type character who goes around his masters castle torturing all who get in his way.
For the first 50 mins the film works a treat- it's five star material. However after this, it lags a bit and the plot unravels out to be quite predictable- however there is a good Twilight Zoneesque ending.
Also much credit should go to the makeup that Rolfe had to endure. For 1961 it is simply stunning and terrifying.
It's a decent film, which includes two brief intervals with director William Castle which is fun enough.
Overall an enjoyable experience but could have been even better.