Thursday, October 31, 2013

31 Days of Halloween - Day 31 - Movie 1

A renowned physician is summoned to a remote country by his former love who is now married to the cruel and mysterious Baron Sardonicus. Sardonicus, who has all of the locals living in terror, wants the doctor to fix his face which has been paralyzed into a horrible rictus grin by a shock he received when violating the grave of his father.

Mr. Sardonicus (1961) is filled with gothic trappings and except for being in black and white has a very similar feel to it as the Roger Corman Poe movies from that same time period. This is one of William Castles most accomplished movies, and builds nicely, taking its time before revealing Sardonicus' condition. This is a really good choice for Halloween viewing.

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