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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.


Harald Reinl


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


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Karin Dor ... Gwendolin
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Siegfried Lowitz ... Sir Richard
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir John
Ilse Steppat ... Lady Patricia
Dieter Eppler 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


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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West Germany



Release Date:

17 December 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)


Black and White | Color (opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Featured in German Grusel - Die Edgar Wallace-Serie (2011) See more »

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Excellent Krimi thriller!
12 August 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

I've only just really started getting into the Krimi genre and most of the ones I have seen so far have been the later entries which were in colour. As such, one of the things I like most about this type of film is the wacky colour schemes; yet although The Sinister Monk is shot in black and white and thus doesn't feature one, it's still a very nice film to look at and also provides an interesting and entertaining mystery - ensuring that The Sinister Monk is one of the very best Krimi flicks that I've seen so far! The plot is, as usual, based on a novel by British crime writer Edgar Wallace and this time focuses on a family in turmoil over the distribution of a family will. It turns out that the late patriarch of the family intended to leave all of his wealth to his favourite granddaughter Gwendolyn; a fact that doesn't exactly go down well with the rest of the scheming family. Naturally, they plot to ensure that the granddaughter doesn't get what's coming to her; but things are complicated when a monk with a whip shows up and starts picking people off!

The plot is not exactly original and has literally been seen a hundred times before in mystery thrillers - but the film is made good by Edgar Wallace's strange approach and we get a plot peppered with things such as the whip wielding monk (evidently a Wallace favourite), a wall full of death masks and a revelation involving carrier pigeons! Naturally, the film doesn't always completely make sense and sometimes you just have to go along with it; but really, that is what makes this film so much fun to watch. There's plenty of entertainment and since the film is only short at about eighty minutes, the runtime is rather crowded - but that is a benefit if you ask me! The cinematography is just great; the black and white picture adds a real foreboding atmosphere to the film and the fog-drenched castle in which most of the film takes place makes for a really great central location. It all boils down to an unexpected and silly conclusion; but it's satisfying enough, despite feeling a little bit too rushed. Overall, The Sinister Monk is an excellent little film and I can certainly recommend it!

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