Nachts, Wenn der Teufel Kam (Nights, When the Devil Came) (The Devil Strikes at Night)
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Nachts, Wenn der Teufel Kam (Nights, When the Devil Came) (The Devil Strikes at Night)
Writer/director Robert Siodmak based his German-filmed The Devil Strikes at Night on an actual case. Set during the last months of the Hitler regime, the film concerns a series of rapes and stranglings of young women. Gestapo officer Rossdorf (Hannes Messemer) and non-party member Axel Kersten (Claus Holm) investigate the trail of evidence. They discover that the criminal is Bruno Leudke, a mental defective (played by Mario Adorf). An open-and-shut case...except for the fact that Adorf is a loyal Nazi Party member! The dilemma now is to stem the crime spree without publicizing the embarrassing… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It crouches but -- alas -- never springs."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Fascinating study of criminal justice in the crumbling Nazi empire of 1944."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Werner Peters enjoyably essays another of his sweaty losers and the depiction of Bruno as a squalid dimwit makes a change from the Hannibal Lecter fantasy of the suave serial-killing mastermind."
‑ , Time Out
"If Siodmak was less a determinist than Lang, he was also less icy -- he views the fall-guy ordeal of piggy, pathetically lecherous officer Werner Peters with characteristic sympathy."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"This fascinating 1957 film, based on a true story, concerns the hunt for a serial killer by the Nazi regime."
‑ Fred Camper, Chicago Reader
"A chilling wartime murder mystery."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews