It’s Hammer Time!: The Gorgon (1964)

Obviously, with me and my love of Greek myth, it was only going to be a matter of time before ‘It’s Hammer Time!’ got round to The Gorgon, 1964’s divergence away from standard Hammer Horror fare into something even more eternal.

Starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco, and directed by Terence Fisher, is oddly set, given its subject matter, in 1910 in the German village of Vandorf, where seven murders have been committed within the previousfive years. Each victim has been petrified, but rather than investigate it, the local authorities have dismissed 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 last of the snake-haired Gorgon sisters haunts the local castle and turns victims to stone during the full moon…

Okay, so not 100% faithful to myth since only Medusa was snake-haired and here the other Gorgons are called Tisiphone and Megaera, who were both Erinyes (Furies). But what the hell, it’s Hammer, it’s Greek myth and it’s Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, so enjoy!