Monday, October 4, 2010

Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

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.

Rating: 7/10.

If you liked RASPUTIN, check out:
COUNTESS DRACULA, RASPUTIN AND THE EMPRESS, THE BLOODY JUDGE.

7 comments:

  1. Cool, never caught it. Watched Lee in "Horror of Dracula" last night, and watching him right now in "Dracula, Prince of Darkness". :)

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  2. This is definitely worth the watch, its good times for Lee fans, not exactly Horror but I'm sure you'll enjoy it Wings!

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  5. I liked this one, Carl. I got a good laugh from that scene where Lee erupts in maniacal laughter at Barbara Shelley. Lee was great at making people feel like shit, lol. He did it again mercilessly in THEATER OF DEATH.

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  6. One of my favourite Hammer films - the scene where Lee makes the stuck up Barbara Shelley kneel before slapping her in the face is hilarious!

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  7. Yeah he really was an ultimate badass here, I would have been a sad panda if he had p0wNz3'd me that bad!

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