Rasputin, the Mad Monk
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It features Christopher Lee in one of his more powerful performances."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Attempts to do too much on too little budget."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Lee's riotous, low-throated interpretation of the back-stabbing mystic is something to behold."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"Ends a little abruptly, but overall this is cinema and Lee is a genius."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
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