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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 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:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord-Magnetocord)

Color:

Black and White | Color (opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The last of Rialto Film's Edgar Wallace films to be shot in black and white, yet it was one of the most successful films of the series with approximately 3,500,000 viewers during its initial theatrical run and approximately 1,500,000 more during the following years up to 1970. It also was the last film of the series directed by Harald Reinl (he directed the first one, Face of the Frog (1959) and the last appearance of his wife Karin Dor. Both made five Edgar Wallace films, four of which together. 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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Referenced in Lukas: Mann und Maus (1998) See more »

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Closing a chapter
12 April 2007 | by unbrokenmetalSee all my reviews

Gwendolin (Karin Dor) inherited a fortune from her grandfather, but doesn't know it yet. Her greedy relatives try to get her out of the way, but that's not as easy as it seems, when a hooded monk sneaks through the night and kills people with his whip. Is it a ghost, a psychopathic killer, or a man with a secret plan? Harald Leipnitz plays the inspector investigating on this case, whilst one of the most famous inspectors of German TV history, Siegfried Lowitz, plays the villain this time. The 20th movie of the Edgar Wallace series (which began only 6 years earlier with "Der Frosch mit der Maske") was the last one in black & white. Somehow the later color movies didn't have the same atmosphere anymore and ran out of ideas. "Der unheimliche Mönch", however, is spooky, foggy fun and absolutely worthy to close this chapter of the classic series.


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