The Gorgon/Fun Facts

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< The Gorgon
  • Prudence Hyman's snake-filled wig was worked by five wires which were attached to a box that was about 25 feet behind her.
  • Although the UK cinema version was uncut some shots of the Gorgon's decapitated head were slightly darkened by the BBFC.
  • Actress Barbara Shelley, who played the possessed heroine, Carla Hoffmann, wanted to play the part of the gorgon as well for continuity, and suggested to producer Anthony Nelson Keys that she use a special wig with live green garden snakes woven into it for a more realistic effect. Her idea was rejected by Keys due to budget and time considerations. When Keys saw the abysmal gorgon effects in the finished film, he told Shelley that he should have listened to her suggestion. As Christopher Lee quips, "The only thing wrong with "The Gorgon" is the gorgon!"
  • The name of the Gorgon character is "Megaera", supposedly taken from mythology. But Megaera ("jealous") in ancient myth is one of the three Erinyes, or Fates - the goddesses of revenge - not a Gorgon. According to Hesiod, the three Gorgons were Stheno, Euryale, and Medusa.
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