After laying hands and healing a dying woman, the crazed drunkard Grigori Rasputin is expelled from the church for his lewd conduct and narcissism. He retreats to the town of St. Petersburg, where his hypnotic powers help influence his rise in popularity with the Russian tsarina. While this Hammer production takes great liberties in fictionalizing the life events of the famous holy man, RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK develops a fun and exciting background behind the mysterious historical figure. As always, Christopher Lee steals the show as the wild-eyed monk, who puts in a commanding performance with his booming voice and mesmerizing stares. Even with the rich backdrops and costuming, the picture fails to convey an authentic Russian setting, and completely overlooks the political significance that Rasputin's influence had over world events. Despite the rather cheap production, THE MAD MONK is still a fast-paced and entertaining retelling of Rasputin's life story, and a must-see for Lee fans.
If you liked RASPUTIN, check out:
COUNTESS DRACULA, RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS, THE BLOODY JUDGE.