“I came to let him go back to the sea where he belongs. Maybe to save your silly skins for you!” Yes, young sir. Save their silly skins, please, sir? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr – as they travel across the pond (rather than across the Pacific) for some sweet kaiju-in-the-UK with Gorgo (1961).
Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 157 – Gorgo (1961)
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Greedy sailors capture a giant lizard off the coast of Ireland and sell it to a London circus. Then its mother shows up.
- Director: Eugène Lourié
- Writers: Robert L. Richards (credited as John Loring), Daniel James (credited as Daniel Hyatt)
- Selected Cast:
- Bill Travers as Joe Ryan
- William Sylvester as Sam Slade
- Vincent Winter as Sean
- Christopher Rhodes as McCartin
- Joseph O’Conor as Prof. Hendricks
- Bruce Seton as Prof. Flaherty
- Martin Benson as Dorkin
- Maurice Kaufmann as Radio Reporter (as Maurice Kauffman)
- Basil Dignam as Admiral
- Barry Keegan as Mate
- Tommy Duggan as 1st Naval Officer (as Thomas Duggan)
- Howard Lang as 1st Colonel
- Dervis Ward as Bosun
- Mick Dillon as Gorgo (uncredited)
- Dave Wilding as Gorgo (uncredited)
- Bob Bura as Gorgo (uncredited)
- John Wood as Sandwich-Board Man (uncredited)
Gorgo features Doc’s favorite non-Japanese sea monster and you have to love the film’s, “No, the monster is not the main monster,” twist. How many times have you seen that trope in films? The Grue Crew can’t think of an example prior to Gorgo, but, perhaps, some of the Grue Believers know better. At any rate, it’s another Classic Era episode where nary an evisceration is seen. There is, however, much squashing and squishing.
At the time of this writing, Gorgo is available for streaming from Tubi, Pluto TV, and others, along with a variety of PPV options. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from VCI Video. A 4K Ultra HD version is due for release on August 29, 2023, from Vinegar Syndrome.
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule, as chosen by Chad, is Universal’s House of Dracula (1945). Calling all Universal Horror monsters! Well, maybe not all.
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