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Herbert Reinecker (screenplay) and
Edgar Wallace (novel)
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11 August 1967 (West Germany) See more »
Police try to track down a hooded serial killer who murders his victims with a combination of acid and poison gas. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Joachim Fuchsberger ... Inspektor Higgins
Uschi Glas ... Ann Portland
Grit Boettcher ... Betty Falks
Konrad Georg ... Keyston
Harry Riebauer ... Mark Denver
Tilly Lauenstein ... Harriet Foster
Ilse Pagé ... Sekretärin
Siegfried Rauch ... Frank Keeney
Claus Holm ... Glenn Powers
Günter Meisner ... Greaves
Hans Epskamp ... Bannister
Heinz Spitzner ... Harrison
Jan Hendriks ... Brent
Rudolf Schündler ... Sergeant Hanfield
Narziß Sokatscheff ... Cress Bartling (as Narziss Sokatscheff)
Tilo von Berlepsch ... Polizeiarzt
Kurt Waitzmann ... Carrington
Suzanne Roquette ... Mary Houston
Susanne Hsiao ... June Bell (as Suzann Hsiao)
Inge Sievers ... Mildred Miller
Ewa Strömberg ... Pam Walsbury
Bruno W. Pantel ... Busschaffner
Kurt Buecheler ... Winston Robson
Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Kerz ... Monk double (uncredited)
Alfred Vohrer ... Edgar Wallace (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Wilhelm Vorwerg ... Dr. Cabble (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred Vohrer 
Writing credits
Herbert Reinecker (screenplay) (as Alex Berg)

Edgar Wallace  novel "The Terror"

Produced by
Horst Wendlandt .... producer
Original Music by
Martin Böttcher 
Cinematography by
Karl Löb 
Film Editing by
Jutta Hering 
Art Direction by
Walter Kutz 
Wilhelm Vorwerg 
Costume Design by
Irms Pauli 
Production Management
Fritz Klotsch .... production manager (as Fritz Klotzsch)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eva Ebner .... assistant director
Sound Department
Gerhard Müller .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerd-Victor Krau .... still photographer
Rudolf Sandtner .... camera operator
Ernst Zahrt .... assistant camera
Location Management
Herbert Kerz .... location manager
Other crew
Harry Wilbert .... unit manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Der Mönch mit der Peitsche" - West Germany (original title)
"The Prussic Factor" - USA
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88 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)
Finland:(Banned) (1970) | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2004) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:16 (original rating)
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Errors in geography: Although the movie is set in England, most of the cars have their steering wheel on the left.See more »
Sir John:What reason could there possibly be for the murder of this poor girl?
Harriet Foster:No reason in the world.
Sir John:You're missing the point, Mrs. Foster. Now then, the girl WAS murdered, wasn't she? And since nobody has ever murdered without a reason, there must, therefore, *be* a reason.
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
kitschy fun, 8 March 2004
Author: goblinhairedguy from Montreal

This is probably the fastest-paced and most action-packed of the German Edgar Wallace "krimi" series, a cross between the Dr. Mabuse films of yore and 60's pop thrillers like Batman and the Man from UNCLE. It reintroduces the outrageous villain from an earlier film who dons a stylish monk's habit and breaks the necks of victims with the curl of a deadly whip. Set at a posh girls' school filled with lecherous middle-aged professors, and with the cops fondling their hot-to-trot secretaries at every opportunity, it certainly is a throwback to those wonderfully politically-incorrect times. There's a definite link to a later Wallace-based film, the excellent giallo "Whatever Happened to Solange?", which also concerns female students being corrupted by (and corrupting?) their elders. Quite appropriate to the monk theme, the master-mind villain uses booby-trapped bibles here to deal some of the death blows, and also maintains a reptile-replete dungeon to amuse his captive audiences.

Alfred Vohrer was always the most playful and visually flamboyant of the series directors, and here the lurid colour cinematography is the real star of the show. The Monk appears in a raving scarlet cowl and robe, tastefully setting off the lustrous white whip, while appearing against purplish-night backgrounds. There's also a voyeur-friendly turquoise swimming pool which looks great both as a glowing milieu for the nubile students and as a shadowy backdrop for one of the murder scenes. The trademark "kicker" of hiding the "Ende" card somewhere in the set of the last scene is also quite memorable here. And there's a fine brassy and twangy score for retro-music fans.

Fans of the series will definitely miss the flippant Eddie Arent character in these later films. Instead, the chief inspector Sir John takes on the role of buffoon, convinced that he has mastered criminal psychology after taking a few night courses. Unfortunately, Klaus Kinski had also gone on to bigger and better things. The krimis had lost some of their offbeat subversive charm by this point, and now worked on a much more blatant pop-culture level, which will make this one quite accessible to uninitiated viewers.

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