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Gordon Hessler

Date of Birth: 12 December 1925Berlin, Germany

Date of Death: 19 January 2014London, England, UK

Short Biography: Gordon Hessler was born in Germany, the son of a Danish mother and an English father. Educated in England, he moved to the US while in his late teens and spent several years working in documentaries. At Universal, "I guess because I had an English accent", Hessler was placed under contract to Alfred Hitchcock and went to work on the master director's TV series Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955) and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962), climbing the ladder from story reader to associate producer and finally to producer in the series' final year. A novelette rejected for the show became the basis for The Woman Who Wouldn't Die (1965), Hessler's first feature film as director. When production of the AIP Edgar Allan Poe series was shifted to Britain, Hessler collaborated with producer Louis M. Heyward and horror enthusiast/ screenwriter Christopher Wicking on three Poe films and on the sci-fi shocker Scream and Scream Again (1970). Carrying on in the fantasy field, he also directed the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion swashbuckler The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973) and additional small-screen suspensers like the Psycho (1960)-inspired Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973) with Bette Davis.


The Misfit Brigade (1987)

# 14839 IMDb R 

The Misfit Brigade (1987)

TaglineThis group of last round draft picks ... wouldn't take orders ... didn't dress in uniform ... couldn't win a battle ! But they were the biggest bunch of lunatics ever to roll into war !

Director: Gordon Hessler

Action, Adventure, Drama, War (1h 40min)

UK UK, Denmark Denmark

Rated 6.2 after 1,721 votes on 22-Feb-19.

In 1943, the Nazi Germany is suffering heavy losses at the Eastern Front and an order for all-out retreat is eventually issued. The 27th Penal Panzer Regiment, consisting solely of people convicted of various real or political crimes ranging from incest to dissidence, has just returned from Stalingrad where German forces were decimated by the Soviets after a year-long bloody fight. They are a (...)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

# 11501 IMDb

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973)

TaglineDynarama Means Supreme Adventure!

Director: Gordon Hessler

Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Action (1h 45min)


Rated 6.8 after 7,020 votes on 23-Aug-18.

3 wins

Sinbad and his crew intercept a homunculus carrying a golden tablet. Koura, the creator of the homunculus and practitioner of evil magic, wants the tablet back and pursues Sinbad. Meanwhile Sinbad meets the Vizier who has another part of the interlocking golden map, and they mount a quest across the seas to solve the riddle of the map, accompanied by a slave girl with a mysterious tattoo of an (...)

The Oblong Box (1969)

# 12559 IMDb

The Oblong Box (1969)

TaglineFor the first time... the classic tale of the restless dead and their unspeakable hungers!

Director: Gordon Hessler

Horror (1h 36min)


Rated 6.1 after 2,572 votes on 15-Feb-19.

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, the aristocrat Edward Markham is disfigured by sorcery in Africa by the natives. His brother Julian Markham brings him back to the Markham Manor in England and keeps him prisoner in the attic. The mad Edward asks his lawyer Trench and his partner to bring the African sorcerer N'Galo in secret to heal him but Julian does not allow any contact with his brother. (...)

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