Written by: George Pacheco on May 15th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: Greece, 1998
Director: George Lazopoulos
Writer: George Lazopoulos
Cast: Thanos Amorginos, Vana Rambota, Eleni Filini, Haris Mihalogiannakis, Dimitris Karageorgos, Mitsos Sioris
DVD Release Date: April 12th, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo Greek
DVD Release: Mondo Macabro
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Medousa is a dreary and uneventful supernatural mystery from Greece, written and directed by George Lazopoulos. The film is an obvious riff on the classic medusa myth from ancient Greek culture, where a woman with snakes for hair, also known as a Gorgon, would possess the power to turn men to stone with merely a glance. Lazopoulos sets his film in late nineties Athens, where statues of disappearing men are emerging across the city, with only an odd woman in black serving as a strange connection to all of the goings-on. In the meantime, a young gang leader possesses a connection of his own to the woman, and may be able to uncover exactly what the hell is going on by the story’s end…
Medousa attempts to inject mood and atmosphere via a simple arthouse style, yet fails at nearly every turn. The acting, while tolerable, doesn’t project to the audience any sense of sympathy, interest or excitement, while the pacing is torturously slow, making the 87 minute runtime feel like an eternity. The special effects of the statues are memorable, but not enough to make Medousa the better film for it, with the end results struggling for purpose and entertainment.
The film does gain some production quality in some of its setting, but the restrained, lifeless music and Lazopoulos’ poor direction and flat script means that Medousa is doomed from the start to be an exercise in tedium. This is a shame, because Mondo Macabro should be commended for sticking to their creative guns by continuing to release obscure films from around the world…it’s just that Medousa was probably better left off the release schedule, in favor of something a bit more interesting and exciting.
Mondo Macabro presents Medousa in a region free DVD release which retains the film’s original widescreen aspect ratio. There is a modicum of spotty print damage which jumps out now and then, but nothing worth complaining about, with the film generally looking good, if a bit drab. The film is presented in its original Greek language with nicely translated English subtitles as an option, which move along a smooth pace without obvious errors. Interviews with both Lazopoulos and actor Thanos Amorginos are included here, detailing their creative process in a similarly dry fashion as the film itself, making it informative, if boring viewing. Aside from this, the film’s original trailer and other Mondo Macabro previews are included, making this a well intentioned disc for a very forgettable film.