A pretty fun B&W horror flick from the early 60's. The acting is exceptional. Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton and Guy Rolfe as Sardonicus are pretty good. My favorite was Oskar Homolka as Krull. The makeup EFX were ok. Krull's eye was pretty good. Sardonicus' grimace was a little rough but effective. The movie looks fantastic and has a light gothic creepiness. William Castle's appearance at the beginning and the end of the movie is awesome.
Mr Sardonicus es una simple, pero entretenida pelicula que toca un poco el mito del "ghoul".
A grandes rasgos, la pelicula trata sobre un respetado médico inglés que acude al llamado de auxilio de una vieja amistad al centro de europa, lugar donde se encontrará con un extraño personaje que lo pondrá en aprietos.
La pelicula se la lleva completamente el propio señor sardonicus, el cual es bastante tétrico. Una especie de drácula con mascara.
Los demás personajes cumplen bien,…
Ridiculous fun from William Castle featuring his patented showmanship and the unforgettably fun Sardonicus makeup.
An unusual entry into the medical horror sub-genre where the medical procedures are oddly irrelevant and reduced to being perfunctory. As an admirer of William Castle, I appreciate it's enthusiasm for the display of grotesque imagery despite this lacking the high-energy of his earlier films. It seems like an adaptation that never fully found the proper visual translation as all of the shock gags feel better suited for language.
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One of the weaker films from William Castle. Sardonicus still has some really fun moments and really great acting. Baron Sardonicus with his mask is a very haunting image
Facially deformed evil baron (with full face mask) forces a renowned surgeon to cure his rigor mortis smile. Usual low budget TV-studio-like sets and silly presentation by William Castle with little scares. Includes the last reel Punishment Poll for audience to determine Fate of Baron Sardonicus, One question: how the Hell does he eat with that mouth. You hear him slurping some gruel, but he can't mouth his front teeth. And he talks with a beautiful clipped European accent by using vocal muscles that are not normally used. The Baron should do voice over commercials.
Spooktacular, in every sense of the word. The pace sags a bit in the middle and the ending is the cinematic equivalent of "and that's the end of that chapter..." But Castle's visual inventiveness and showmanship carry you most of the way. As pointless as it is, gotta love the directorial charade of allowing the audience to "vote" on the ending.
What're you smilin' at, pal?
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds...
I was never aware of the folklore surrounding the term "ghoul," which is a word used to describe people who hang out in graveyards and do unsavory things, which is the most essential definition given to William Castle's gimmicky genre entry.
I really hated the makeup used on Oskar Homolka, his one wonky eye just looked like they piled on some silly putty to obstruct his vision. The make-up used on the Ghoul was a bit better and very reminiscent…
I'm glad William Castle made movies. I wish he hadn't made this one. The worst of the 8 Castle films I've seen.
1. The Tingler
4. Johnny Stool Pigeon
5. When Strangers Marry
6. House on Haunted Hill
7. The Night Walker
8. Mr. Sardonicus
Some good makeup for its time. I feel the movie is a bit too long and could be shortened to be made more thrilling.