Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Gorgon

(1964) ***

Here's the description according to TMC: "Professor's Assistant has snakes for hair."  That really does sum it up.  Village people (not The Village People) are turning to stone as there is a rogue Medusa on the loose. 

Those six words were enough for me to spend 1 hr 23 minutes watching this to contribute to Horrorthon.  I'd never seen a Hammer Films movie, but I'd read about the popularity as the leader of British horror for decades.  I understand the appeal.  It has all the style of a 1930s Universal horror film, but with some added gore and special effects.  Intact are numerous shots of the moon, coming out of the clouds. 

Worth a try if you're alone and have TMC.

7 comments:

JPX said...

You had me at, "there is a rogue Medusa on the loose." Love it.

Catfreeek said...

Me too, what's better than a rogue Medusa.

DCD said...

That is a great line. Nice review, Trevor!

Landshark said...

Excellent review--so true about the moon/clouds shots typical of 30s horror films.

Octopunk said...

I like how "rogue" Medusa suggests there are Medusas doing what they're told somewhere.

How nice to watch a Hammer film that comes through! You're right about the well-crafted atmosphere but a lot of them don't deliver on the story. You think they're gonna but then they fizzle.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I may be the biggest Hammer fan on the blog but as Octo said a lot of them don't deliver. This one sounds pretty solid.

Tami said...

Your 6 word description sure beats out TMC's! :)