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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMama: Back when he was Marek Toleslawski, Baron Sardonicus was the sort of man to mourn for his mother's passing.

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMama: EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Back when he was Marek Toleslawski, Baron Sardonicus was the sort of man to mourn for his mother's passing.

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* IronicEcho: Krull tells Sir Robert how loyal and obedient he is to Sardonicus, to which Sir Robert says he finds it commendable. Later on, Krull throws these same words in Sir Robert's face when that same obedience is about to have him torture Maud on the Baron's command.


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* VillainousBreakdown: Baron Sardonicus has one when not only does Krull tell him he lost Sir Robert, but he mocks his inability to open his mouth by eating in front of him.


* AdultFear: The train conductor implies this to Sir Robert. It's one thing for Baron Sardonicus to lure unsuspecting women to his castle. It's another thing when one bears in mind some of those women happen to be ''someone's baby girl''.



* AwfulWeddedLife: Strongly implied with Baron Sardonicus and Maud. At best, he treats her distantly and at worst, he outright threatens to disfigure her in order to coerce Sir Robert.
* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Sir Robert uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave and feeds on corpses").

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Strongly implied with Baron Sardonicus and Maud. At best, he treats her distantly and at worst, he outright threatens to disfigure torture her in order to coerce if she can't convince Sir Robert.
Robert to cure his disfigurement.
* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Sir Robert uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave and feeds on corpses"). Although said [[TranquilFury calmly]], there's a bitter inflection behind his tone.



* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Baron Sardonicus thinks Maud is disgusted with him because of his appearance. In turn, Maud calls him out on this, saying the ''real'' reason has to do with his arrogance and cruelty.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Sir Robert using his patented massage treatment to heal a little girl's leg halfway through establishes the good doctor's benevolence, as well as his tried and true method of encouraging his patients to heal themselves.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMama: Back when he was Marek Toleslawski, Baron Sardonicus was the sort of man to mourn for his mother's passing.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mr. Sardonicus's empty picture frames used to have pictures of his forefathers, but according to Krull, Sardonicus has forsaken his forefathers "in one magnificent gesture". [[spoiler: It later comes into play that Sardonicus forsook his forefathers not just because he blames his father for his disfigurement, but because he's secretly scared of his father's corpse.]]

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** Sir Robert's colleague points out that belladonna is a poisonous plant, despite saying it has healing properties. Sir Robert corrects himself and says it was no belladonna, but before he can say ''what'' plant has all-healing properties, he's interrupted. This foreshadows that he might've meant to say "placebo".
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Mr. Sardonicus's empty picture frames used to have pictures of his forefathers, but according to Krull, Sardonicus has forsaken his forefathers "in one magnificent gesture". [[spoiler: It later comes into play that Sardonicus forsook his forefathers not just because he blames his father for his disfigurement, but because he's secretly scared of his father's corpse.]]]]
** During the dinner conversation, Baron Sardonicus and Sir Robert bring up [=MacBeth=], discussing how he was a man "made evil" by circumstances. Later on, we find out that just like [=MacBeth=], Sardonicus wasn't always evil and indeed became the despicable monster he is today because of his greedy wife.


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* YourCheatingHeart: Maude is painfully aware that Baron Sardonicus likes to entertain other girls.


* AwfulWeddedLife: Strongly implied with Baron Sardonicus and Maud.
* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Hasselhoff uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave and feeds on corpses").

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Strongly implied with Baron Sardonicus and Maud.
Maud. At best, he treats her distantly and at worst, he outright threatens to disfigure her in order to coerce Sir Robert.
* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Hasselhoff Sir Robert uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave and feeds on corpses").

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Mr. Sardonicus's empty picture frames used to have pictures of his forefathers, but according to Krull, Sardonicus has forsaken his forefathers "in one magnificent gesture". [[spoiler: It later comes into play that Sardonicus forsook his forefathers not just because he blames his father for his disfigurement, but because he's secretly scared of his father's corpse.]]


* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Hasselhoff uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave").

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* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Hasselhoff uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave").grave and feeds on corpses").

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* AwfulWeddedLife: Strongly implied with Baron Sardonicus and Maud.
* BerserkButton: Sardonicus does not appreciate it when Hasselhoff uses the word "ghoul" to generally describe "horrible people", prompting him to clarify its original definition ("A disgusting creature that robs grave").


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* EyeScream: Implied to be what Sardonicus did to Krull.


As with other William Castle films, the movie's main marketing gimmick was the audience's chance to decide the title character's fate by "penalty poll", the outcome of which supposedly affected the film's ending. Though rumor claims only one ending was actually shot, William Castle claims both were shot and the 'good' ending was just never chosen; given Castle's tenuous relationship with the truth, who knows.

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As with other William Castle films, the movie's main marketing gimmick was the audience's chance to decide the title character's fate by "penalty poll", the outcome of which supposedly affected the film's ending. Though rumor claims The ending in which Sardonicus dies was purportedly the only one ending was actually shot, William filmed (William Castle believed - apparently correctly - that no audience would ever vote for the merciful ending), although Castle claims both were shot and the 'good' ending was just never chosen; given Castle's tenuous relationship with the truth, who knows.


When he reaches his destination he finds the reason for him to be there; Baron Sardonicus face has been paralyzed into a [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2186924247_5cb2d6583f.jpg?v=0 horrifying rictus grin]] for many years, and he wants Richard's help. But his face is not the only thing twisted...

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When he reaches his destination he finds the reason for him to be there; Baron Sardonicus the Baron's face has been paralyzed into a [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2186924247_5cb2d6583f.jpg?v=0 horrifying rictus grin]] for many years, and he wants Richard's help. But his face is not the only thing twisted...


Set in the year 1880, the film follows Sir Robert Cargrave, a renowned surgeon who specialises in paralysis, who receives a letter from his past love Maude and is invited to the mansion of her husband, Baron Sardonicus, in the [[{{Ruritania}} fictional country of Gorslava]].

When he reaches his destination he finds the reason for him to be there; Baron Sardonicus face has been paralyzed into a [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2186924247_5cb2d6583f.jpg?v=0 horrifying rictus grin]] many years ago and he wants Richard's help. But his face is not the only thing twisted...

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Set in the year 1880, the film follows Sir Robert Cargrave, a renowned surgeon who specialises specializes in paralysis, who receives a letter from his past love Maude and is invited to the mansion of her husband, Baron Sardonicus, in the [[{{Ruritania}} fictional country of Gorslava]].

When he reaches his destination he finds the reason for him to be there; Baron Sardonicus face has been paralyzed into a [[http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2364/2186924247_5cb2d6583f.jpg?v=0 horrifying rictus grin]] for many years ago years, and he wants Richard's help. But his face is not the only thing twisted...


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''Mr. Sardonicus'' is a horror film from the year 1961. It was directed by Creator/WilliamCastle and stars Guy Rolfe as the eponymous Sardonicus. It was based on the short story "Sardonicus" by Ray Russell.

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''Mr. Sardonicus'' is a 1961 horror film from the year 1961. It was directed by Creator/WilliamCastle and stars starring Guy Rolfe as in the eponymous Sardonicus. title role. It was is based on the short story "Sardonicus" by Ray Russell.


* FakeInteractivity: In the closing "vote on the outcome" footage, the narrator actually goes through the motions of calling on specific audience members to hold their cards up higher or otherwise clarify their votes, even though there's no guarantee that, e.g., there'll be a woman in the ninth row to respond to his query.

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* FakeInteractivity: In the closing "vote on the outcome" footage, the narrator producer actually goes through the motions of calling on specific audience members to hold their cards up higher or otherwise clarify their votes, even though there's no guarantee that, e.g., there'll be a woman in the ninth row to respond to his query.

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* FakeInteractivity: In the closing "vote on the outcome" footage, the narrator actually goes through the motions of calling on specific audience members to hold their cards up higher or otherwise clarify their votes, even though there's no guarantee that, e.g., there'll be a woman in the ninth row to respond to his query.


* HenpeckedHusband: Sardonicus was one before the grave robbing incident.

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* HenpeckedHusband: Sardonicus was one before the [[RobbingTheDead grave robbing robbing]] incident.


'''''Mr. Sardonicus''''' is a horror film from the year 1961. It was directed by WilliamCastle and stars Guy Rolfe as the eponymous Sardonicus. It was based on the short story ''Sardonicus'' by Ray Russell.

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'''''Mr. Sardonicus''''' ''Mr. Sardonicus'' is a horror film from the year 1961. It was directed by WilliamCastle Creator/WilliamCastle and stars Guy Rolfe as the eponymous Sardonicus. It was based on the short story ''Sardonicus'' "Sardonicus" by Ray Russell.

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