• Bill Howard

    ★★★ Watched by Bill Howard 29 Jan, 2016

    Fun. Cheesy. William Castle. Nuff said.

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  • WizardmanJones

    ★★½ Watched by WizardmanJones 16 Dec, 2015

    A bit too thin a plot to really carry a movie, and a good deal more talky than it should have been. Neat gimmicks and a pretty good ending though.

    Am I supposed to believe that Krull had never seen his gross face deformity in a mirror until the ending? I get that Sardonicus took down all the mirrors in the manor, but Krull was traveling all over the fucking place. He never passed by a shop window or looked at a puddle?

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  • Brett Leach

    ★★★ Watched by Brett Leach 14 Dec, 2015

    As these kind of movies go, this one is better than some. The idea is actually kind of clever and the ending that the audience votes for is not bad. I will never watch this again, though.

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  • Ryan Clark

    ★★ Watched by Ryan Clark 04 Nov, 2015

    Not one of Castle's better films. There are only two good scenes -- the central flashback explaining Sardonicus' affliction, and the scene near the end where he finally confronts his fear in the dark in an attempt to reverse the damage to his face. But the reason for his disfigurement is so preposterous that it's impossible to suspend disbelief. The film is also rather talky and dull. Nice, nasty makeup on Oscar Homolka's mangled eye socket, though.

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  • Jarrett

    ★★★ Watched by Jarrett 30 Oct, 2015

    An introduction and great primer on ghouls and ghouling.

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  • T. Heilman

    ★★★½ Watched by T. Heilman 09 Oct, 2015

    Fun period piece isn't exactly a lushly filmed spectacle, but it's probably as close as William Castle got.
    Visually it reminds me of the Forties Universal horror era.
    It is well acted by all participants and the titular character is well realized by Guy Rolfe in both his masked and unmasked incarnations.
    Cool make-up evokes memories of Conrad Veidt's The Man Who Laughs.

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  • RolandStLaurent

    ★★★½ Watched by RolandStLaurent 17 Jul, 2015

    Another fun William Castle horror film. This one is a take on The Man Who Laughs, proving that nothing is scarier than a smile. The gimmick for this movie is Castle letting you decide Sardonicus’ fate, and while I’m sick of these movie interruptions, Castle is such an amiable personality that it’s hard to get too mad at him. I like that at this point he was putting himself in his films and aping Hitchcock, as this does make the gimmicks easier to take.

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  • mrbalihai

    ★★★½ Rewatched by mrbalihai 02 Jul, 2015

    Guy Rolfe's silly death-rictus makeup may get the most attention, but it's Oskar Homolka and his gnarly eye booger who're the real stars of this atmospheric, but lightweight gothic horror from gimmickmeister, William Castle.

    As the evil servant, Krull, Homolka gleefully strings the castle maid up by her thumbs and bleeds her with leeches in his efforts to find a cure for his ghoulish master's affliction, but is he really interested in helping Sardonicus, or is he just pursuing his…

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  • Olevar

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Olevar 06 Jun, 2015

    Cinema horrorama #43

    Amo Mr. Sardonicus con locura desde que la vi por primera vez y me hizo morir del miedo. Está en mi lista de películas que han logrado quitarme el sueño. Cuando la vi, al acostarme, cerraba los ojos y veía el rostro y la mirada espantosas que vemos cuando Sardonicus se quita la máscara y su primera esposa enciende la luz. Me dio miedo hace años y me sigue dando miedo ahora. Gran logro del maquillaje y…

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  • Ana Loredo

    ★★½ Watched by Ana Loredo 30 May, 2015

    Cinema Horrorama #51

    Si algo logra Castle es saber horrorizarnos con el rostro de Mr Sardonicus, pero parece que para él existe algo más horroroso que un rostro afectado por «sardonic smile», y esta es justo la premisa del filme, la culpa moral y religiosa de haber usurpado la tumba de su padre, sumado al mito de los vampiros cuyo nombre aseguran significa precisamente eso. Y es en la inocencia de la leyenda y su carga moral lo que estorba…

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  • Luis Enrique Rayas

    ★★★½ Watched by Luis Enrique Rayas 25 May, 2015

    La trampa de los gimmicks de Castle es que se pierden cuando ves sus películas en casa. Castle construía para experiencias comunitarias. Su cine, como lo hace aquí con la encuesta y en otras películas con otros trucos, pide a un espectador activo que interactúa con la pantalla, la butaca y el espacio alrededor, incluyendo el resto de los espectadores. Desde casa, en solitario, esa experiencia se disminuye, si no desaparece. No hay espacio para voltear al fondo y descubrir…

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  • rotch

    ★★★½ Watched by rotch 26 May, 2015

    La realidad de la que no puede escapar Mr. Sardonicus es que se trata de una película algo boba. Boba en el sentido afectivo, inocentón. Inocentón tipo "el maquillaje no es lo suficientemente práctico para moverse entonces Sardonicus habla sin mover la boca y da una explicación algo boba al respecto." Ese tipo de inocentón.

    Ahora, lo que amé de Mr. Sardonicus es que para ser una película boba, tiene una serie de momentos aterradores que en verdad se sienten…

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