Rasputin, the Mad Monk Reviews
A meatier role for Lee to get his fangs into and he does a fine job playing a real life notorious figure instead of a fictitious one, only this time the makers have actually given him something to say, and the film is all the better for it. More than a few liberties have been taken on the actual story to fit it into a 90 min run time, as well as to make it more entertaining, but it is not factual enough to be taken seriously as historical account and its not really fun enough to be enjoyed as a B movie romp, it is somewhere in-between. Hammer fans will enjoy it, but everyone else may get a little fed up with its lack of thrills and rather abrupt ending.
Hypocritically, the society that tried to discredit Rasputin with rumors of women and drink, was filled with promiscuous aristocrats, many of whom suffered from venereal disease (the newspapers of the time were filled with ads for cures for VD)and most of whom consumed vodka and French champagne by the case. So, if Rasputin had been an aristocrat and exhibited the rumored behavior he was maligned for, no one would have thought anything of it.