• wildestpenfield

    ★★★½ Watched by wildestpenfield 11 Mar, 2016

    Great little William Castle flick, possibly my favourite.
    (Though while I love the Sardonicus makeup, the makeup job on his manservant is maybe the laziest thing I've ever seen).

    Also (spoiler alert) possibly the only film ever where the bad guy gets what he wants, so lives up to his deal and lets the hero and the love interest go free. And then he STILL gets punished by a gleeful Mr. Castle.


  • Rainey Dawn

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Rainey Dawn 07 Jan, 2016

    A Good Ghoul Horror

    Marek Toleslawski went searching for a lottery ticket in his dead father's grave. From shock, Marek's face became frozen with a permanent evil grin - he became Mr. Sardonicus. Sardonicus bought a mask and the title Baron. He also bought a large home with the winning lottery money. He took a beautiful wife and a few servants. He ends up finding a doctor who tries to help him with his affliction but it did not help...…


  • Pek Mi

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Pek Mi 04 Mar, 2016

    A sorta unlikely story, ya know?


  • sarahdobbs

    ★★★★ Rewatched by sarahdobbs 21 Feb, 2016

    William Castle is the most adorably twinkly madman ever.


  • Cliff

    ★★★ Watched by Cliff 20 Feb, 2016

    William Castle appears on screen to quite literally present this tongue-in-cheek shocker about a Victorian-times doctor who drops everything and leaves London for a gothic European castle when he gets a letter from his ex. For she's now the unhappy wife of Baron Sardonicus, a disfigured man who hides his hideous features behind a blank-faced mask and enjoys scaring women and/or having his Igor-alike butler perform medical experiments on them. It's best not to ask how the baron can speak…


  • Rick DeSantis

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Rick DeSantis 14 Feb, 2016

    One of William Castle's better movies. Ronald Lewis is excellent as Robert Cargrave and Guy Rolfe as Sardonicus is awesome. Solid acting by the rest of the cast. Oskar Homolka as Krull also stands out. The Sardonicus makeup is horribly creepy. Castle adds a Sardonicus live or die poll right before the end which is priceless.


  • Bill Howard

    ★★★ Watched by Bill Howard 29 Jan, 2016

    Fun. Cheesy. William Castle. Nuff said.


  • 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?


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Jarrett

    ★★★ Watched by Jarrett 30 Oct, 2015

    An introduction and great primer on ghouls and ghouling.


  • 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.