• 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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  • Rick DeSantis

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Rick DeSantis 23 May, 2015

    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.

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  • David Eduardo

    ★★★ Watched by David Eduardo 22 May, 2015

    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,…

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  • Brook Kennon

    ★★★ Watched by Brook Kennon 04 Oct, 2014

    Ridiculous fun from William Castle featuring his patented showmanship and the unforgettably fun Sardonicus makeup.

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  • Zach Betonte

    ★★½ Watched by Zach Betonte 11 Oct, 2014

    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.

    More discussed here.

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  • Kyle Fleischfresser

    ★★★ Watched by Kyle Fleischfresser 11 Oct, 2014

    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

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  • THE_FUTURIST

    ★★½ Watched by THE_FUTURIST 08 Oct, 2014

    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.

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