The Gorgon

The Gorgon

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Terence Fisher
Produced by Anthony Nelson Keys
Written by John Gilling
Starring Peter Cushing
Christopher Lee
Richard Pasco
Barbara Shelley
Michael Goodliffe
Music by James Bernard
Cinematography Michael Reed
Edited by Eric Boyd-Perkins
James Needs
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
18 October 1964
Running time
83 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget ₤150,000[1]

The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Films.

It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. Written by John Gilling and directed by Terence Fisher, the film was photographed by Michael Reed, and designed by Bernard Robinson. For the score James Bernard combined a soprano with a little-known electronic instrument called the Novachord. The film marks one of the few occasions when Hammer turned to Greek mythology for inspiration; this time it is the legend of the Gorgon that is respun for the Hammer audiences.


The year is 1910. In the rural German village of Vandorf, seven murders have been committed within the past five years, each victim having been petrified into a stone figure. Rather than investigate it, the local authorities dismiss the murders for fear of a local legend having come true. When a local girl becomes the latest victim and her suicidal lover made the scapegoat, the father of the condemned man decides to investigate and discovers that the cause of the petrifying deaths is a phantom. The very last of the snake-haired Gorgon sisters haunts the local castle and turns victims to stone during the full moon.


In other media

A novelization of the film was written by John Burke as part of his 1966 book The Hammer Horror Film Omnibus.

The film was adapted into a 10-page comic strip for the September 1977 issue of the magazine House of Hammer (volume 1, # 12, published by Top Sellers Limited). It was drawn by Alberto Cuyas from a script by Scott Goodall.

Home video release

In North America, the film was released in 2008 along with three other Hammer horror films (The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll and Taste of Fear) on the 2-DVD set Icons of Horror Collection: Hammer Films (ASIN: B001B9ZVVC), from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It is available in the UK as a single disc from the same company.


  1. Tom Johnson and Deborah Del Vecchio, Hammer Films: An Exhaustive Filmography, McFarland, 1996 p242
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