CHILLING CLASSICS MONTH: Medusa (1973)

In Greece, a stewardess is murdered by a masked maniac, with the authorities feeling like it can only be one of two people: a drunken American playboy (George Hamilton) and a murderous gangster (Cameron Mitchell). Yes, the Mill Creek Chilling Classics set really knows how to give you quite the mix of films!

According to screenwriter Christopher Wicking, this film was only made because George Hamilton was willing to do it. He was about to marry Alana Stewart (she’s in the film in a small role) and he figured it was the chance to have a great honeymoon with all expenses paid, as well as an acting salary.

As for the film that emerged, well…it tries to be a giallo yet has none of the trademark verve and energy of that genre. It does have Luciana Paluzzi from The Green Slime as Harrison’s incestuous sister. So it has that going for it.

Man, I usually love Gordon Hessler’s films, like Scream, Pretty Peggy and Sho Kosugi’s Pray for Death. But this film plods like no other film has plodded before. It’s hour and thirty-nine minute running time may as well be three years and nine months.

I guess I can honestly say that this is both the best and worst George Hamilton vanity project that I’ve ever seen.

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