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May 27, 2017
A Hammer productions movie that takes more than a few liberties with story of the mystical monk Rasputin and his effect on the Russian royal family. It essentially does away with the politics and complexities of the story to allow for the character's full visceral impact, menacingly played by Christopher Lee.
February 6, 2017
A Hammer productions movie that takes more than a few liberties with story of the mystical monk Rasputin and his effect on the Russian royal family. It essentially does away with the politics and complexities of the story to allow for the character's full visceral impact, menacingly played by Christopher Lee.
November 11, 2016
Goofy and not especially historically accurate, Christopher Lee chews up the scenery in this film about the titular monk and his rise to power within the Romanov dynasty. There's not a lot of especially interesting royal court intrigue or especially interesting of supporting characters, but Lee's crazy eyes and wild performance as Rasputin make this film more than worth checking out. Lee really does carry the day here on this one.
October 25, 2016
Lee certainly looks and plays the part well. I just wish they would've stuck a little closer to the historical figure's real life story and included more of the the Romanov family.
April 19, 2016
Classic Christopher Lee performance in an under rated film.
January 11, 2015
Hammar delivers an historical pic the best way it knows how--with minimal accuracy and as much schlock as possible. Christopher Lee chews up the scenery magnificently here, resulting in a consistently engaging fare for those who like this sort of thing.
½ November 12, 2014
kinda llame bio-pic of sorts
½ March 12, 2014
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.
August 22, 2013
A hammer with little horror despite being made at the height of its gore popularity. This one concentrates on the mind games played by the mad monk and Christopher Lee dominates the running time. It's disappointing because it's not that interesting and it is not even a biography that attempts to remain truthful to the man and his actions. Given the fact they were making the story up they did a poor job of it here.
½ June 3, 2013
An enjoyable romp that IMDB have, foolishly, listed as a biography through the massively fictionalised story of Rasputin in which here he is portrayed as something very evil in a brilliant performance by Christopher Lee. A solid Hammer effort that was, like most of their films at this time, filmed back to back with another (a Dracula movie I believe) & Lee relished being released from those shackles and its his menacing performance that raises this above normal Hammer fayre.
½ October 29, 2012
not one of hammers best but the score is suitably rousing and it stars christopher lee and the lovely barbara shelley.best version now on blu ray.
½ October 7, 2012
This just all seemed a bit to silly for me. I like Hammer and I like Lee but this is a misfire in my book.
Super Reviewer
½ September 21, 2012
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.
July 24, 2012
Christopher Lee is terrific and commanding as the title character, but the film surrounding him is rather lifeless. The production design and cinematography are good, though, and combined with Lee's work, they almost redeem the film. The script, however, is just too dull and nondescript (something of a crime considering the film's crazy, real-life subject) to allow the movie to be entertaining.
June 2, 2012
Christopher Lee provides us with some memorable monk-y business!!
½ April 5, 2012
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.
February 10, 2012
Awesome fictional telling about Rasputin. Christopher Lee gives a truly incredible bad ass performance as the mad monk!
½ February 5, 2012
Admirable piece of hamming from Christopher Lee
September 3, 2011
From Hammer Films, at the top of their game at the time, comes the true story of one of the oddest and mysterious figures in Russian history. This has a spirited and quite unhinged lead performance. It is a dark film, but it has all the hallmarks of a good Hammer film, with their usual tricks and shocks on display. This is the story of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin (Christopher Lee), a mystic monk who cures the sick wife of an innkeeper (Derek Francis). In celebration, Rasputin drinks all the wine in the inn and doesn't pay for it, and it ends in an orgy of sex and violence. Despite being berated by the religious council for debauchery, Rasputin claims he has magical healing powers. Rasputin goes to Moscow, and befriends Dr. Zargo (Richard Pasco), who is associated with the Russian Royal Family. Rasputin uses Zargo to get close to the Tsarina (RenĂ (C)e Asherson) and the Tsarina's lady-in-waiting Sonia (Barbara Shelley), the latter he manipulates. Sonia's brother Peter (Dinsdale Landen), is angered by Rasputin's behaviour, and calls in Ivan (Francis Matthews) to deal with Rasputin. Although it's a true story, it does take liberties with what happened. But, Lee seems to be having a good time in the lead role. It doesn't quite get under the skin of what really happened, and is tame by today's comparisons, but it's still good to watch.
July 23, 2011
This is all myth. If you want the truth, read "Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History" (Amazon). Rasputin fought a violent and anti-Semitic society, advocating equal rights for minorities (especially oppressed Jews) and campaigning against war. The Tsar had the blood on his hands of the senseless torture and slaughter of entire villages of Jews. Rasputin never harmed a soul.
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.
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