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Friday, September 9, 2011

THE GORGON (1964)

This Hammer Studios Horror pic sounds like one of the good ones. Peter Cushing is a mysterious surgeon, Christopher Lee plays an eccentric investigator & Barbara Shelley is the love interest/victim. Plus, there’s a Gorgon: the witch with the heinous head, snakes for hair and a paralyzing look that turns men to stone! So convenient for a ready-made graveside monument! Alas, even with Hammer’s mainstay megger Terence Fisher calling the shots, this is an exceptionally tedious offering that moves at a stone’s pace. Oh well, the Hammer color-processing is always a treat, the trailer is worth a look and the snakes are adorable. (NOTE: Now coupled with SCREAM OF FEAR, this got an accidental second Write-Up. It's just that memorable!)

WATCH THIS, NOT THAT: One of the episodes in Mario Bava’s BLACK SABBATH/63 tells a similar tale in a third the time to twice the effect.

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