Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)

Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)




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The life story of the legendary Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin gets the highly fictionalized Hammer Films treatment with this liberal mix of horror and history that presents the mysterious sage as a demonic, otherworldly creature. Christopher Lee stars as the titular monk, who gains entrée to the world of the tsar by casting a hypnotic spell on two courtiers, Dr. Zargo (Richard Pasco) and the beautiful Sonia (Barbara Shelley). Becoming a trusted aide and confidant of the tsarina (Renee Ashershon), Rasputin threatens the national power structure. After Sonia kills herself, Zargo resolves to kill the interloper, but stabbing, poisoning, and even bullets don't seem to be able to kill the diabolical Rasputin.
Art House & International , Drama , Horror
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Christopher Lee
as Grigori Rasputin
Richard Pasco
as Dr. Zargo
Suzan Farmer
as Vanessa
Suzanne Farmer
as Vanessa
Derek Francis
as Innkeeper
Alan Tilvern
as Patron
Joss Ackland
as The Bishop
John Welsh
as The Abbott
Robert Duncan
as Csarvitch
John Bailey
as Court Physician
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Critic Reviews for Rasputin, the Mad Monk

All Critics (7)

It features Christopher Lee in one of his more powerful performances.

Full Review… | May 15, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Lee's riotous, low-throated interpretation of the back-stabbing mystic is something to behold.

Full Review… | January 29, 2004
Slant Magazine

Ends a little abruptly, but overall this is cinema and Lee is a genius.

November 25, 2003

Attempts to do too much on too little budget.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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November 3, 2005

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August 30, 2005

Audience Reviews for Rasputin, the Mad Monk


Made back to back with 'Dracula Prince of Darkness' this gives Lee a chance to break away from the Count and he really lets rips with this role. Certainly one of his better Hammer films this isn't really a full-blown horror but the story of Rasputin's rise to power and his brutal ending moves along at a brisk pace and the film looks beautiful. Shelley (a Faye Dunaway lookalike) is a great co-star and the rest of the cast all do well and look like they're enjoying themselves. If not classic Hammer it's still worth catching for Lee's performance.

David Sayers
David Sayers

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You cant be a movie buff and not love actors like Christopher Lee. His flamboyant performance in movies like Rasputin prove he is a national treasure for the Brits.

Gordon Briggs
Gordon Briggs

Enjoyable take on the Rasputin story which neglects historical accuracy in favour of a more sinister supernatural story which see's the mad monk use his hypnotic powers to weed his way up to power via the Russian royal family. It's not one of Hammer's best offerings but it's entertaining while it lasts with Christopher Lee having fun in the lead role.

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