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The Sinister Monk (1965)

Der unheimliche Mönch (original title)
A hooded serial killer finds a novel way to murder his victims--he lashes them to death with a whip. The police try to track him down before any more murders occur.

Director:

Harald Reinl

Writers:

Edgar Wallace (novel), J. Joachim Bartsch (as Joachim J. Bartsch) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Karin Dor ... Gwendolin
Harald Leipnitz ... Inspector Bratt
Siegfried Lowitz ... Sir Richard
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Ilse Steppat ... Lady Patricia
Dieter Eppler ... Sir William
Hartmut Reck Hartmut Reck ... Ronny
Kurt Waitzmann Kurt Waitzmann ... Cunning
Rudolf Schündler ... Alfons Short
Kurd Pieritz Kurd Pieritz ... Monsieur d'Arol (as Kurt Pieritz)
Uta Levka ... Lola
Dunja Rajter Dunja Rajter ... Dolores
Susanne Hsiao Susanne Hsiao ... Mai Ling
Uschi Glas ... Mary (as Ursula Glas)
Eddi Arent ... Smith
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A hooded serial killer finds a novel way to murder his victims--he lashes them to death with a whip. The police try to track him down before any more murders occur.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

17 December 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sinister Monk See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Color:

Black and White | Color (opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter J. Joachim Bartsch died just three weeks before the film premiered. See more »

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When Sir William is killed, he turns around and watches the monk face to face. But in the next moment he can be seen again with his back turned on the monk. See more »

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In the opening Titels the name of cast and crew are in white over a colored scene of a burning car. See more »

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good krimi, great score
10 May 2004 | by goblinhairedguySee all my reviews

This is a solid middle-period entry in the long-running German "Krimi" series, based on the ingenious thrillers of Edgar Wallace. In this case, the film-makers were taking the plot seriously and not trying (much) to dazzle the viewer with the nifty cinematic trickery and vivid violence that would become the hallmark of the series. Fortunately, the plot is a strong one, involving the usual murderous infighting over an inheritance, a girls' boarding school, and the wonderfully avenging titular character who breaks necks with the visually impressive snap of his whip. The style fits best into the Eurospy genre of the 60s, which was director Reinl's forte. Besides the monk, there is a weird caretaker who keeps pigeons and who casts creepy facial masks of people at the school, which turn into death masks after the inevitable murder of their models (shades of "I Bury the Living"). A poisoned water pistol serves as one girl's defense from prospective attackers. Karin Dor, the director's statuesque wife, resembles Barbara Steele in the lead role, and series favourite Eddie Arent, normally the effective comic relief, has a quite unexpected role to play here. More effort than usual is spent establishing the Thames-side background, though the German origin is unmistakable. Best of all is the wild lounge score by retro-hip composer Peter Thomas, with chimes and cascading organ swells (à la Vic Mizzy of "Munsters" fame) to highlight the monk's appearances. A lurid-colour sequel, "The Monk With The Whip", is much more campy and flamboyant, in keeping with the later efforts in the series directed by Alfred Vohrer.


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