Rasputin – The Mad Monk (1966)

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Blu-ray/DVD. Out Now. Studio Canal. Certificate: 15.

Shot back-to-back with Dracula – Prince Of Darkness on the same sets and with many of the same cast members, this entertaining movie features a barnstorming performance by Christopher Lee as the legendary monk of the last Tsarist regime. Using hypnotism to seduce court aide Barbara Shelley, he gains entry to the Tsar’s inner circle, eventually exerting a Svengali-like control over all around him.