This is Hammer Studios' film version of the life of the legendary Russian monk. Christopher Lee (Count Dracula in several Hammer releases) portrays the monk as one of the most diabolical figures of all time. A man of almost supernatural powers, Lee uses hypnotism to win over two court
aides, Shelley and Pasco, thus gaining entry to the court of the czar. After Shelley has committed suicide, Pasco sees Lee's evil designs. Realizing how dangerous he is, Pasco uses every method he can devise to kill Lee, from poisoned food to lethal injections, but the monk won't die. Lee's
performance outshines all others in this film. A mood of tension and dreariness is maintained t...