“Christopher Lee’s finest Hammer hour … It’s the part he was born to play, and he knows it.” – BritishHorrorFilms.co.uk
“One of Lee’s finest roles … it seems like there is literally nothing that the man cannot do.” – The Telltale Mind
Hammer Films’ dual reputation for screen shock and flamboyant costume adventure meld in this tale of the real-life “holy man” whose evil charm held the fate of an entire nation in its grip.
In Czarist Russia, Rasputin (Christopher Lee), a peasant monk, mysteriously demonstrates his healing powers by saving a woman’s life and asking only for wine and a Bacchanalian celebration in return. But soon Rasputin uses his evil charm and powers to become increasingly manipulative and violent. Ferocious, devious and other-worldly, this uncouth peasant ingratiates himself bit by bit into the lives of the sophisticated royal class … Christopher Lee’s multi-layered performance as Rasputin rates as one of the best portrayals in any film.
The above synopsis is from Shout Factory which will be releasing a Bluray of RASPUTIN this coming February. Hopefully they release a Steelbook version. I could see something similar to the above poster used on the front and back of the Steelbook. I have never seen this version of RASPUTIN so looking forward to checking it out, especially if the praise for Christopher Lee’s performance is even close to the hyperbole Shout Factory is spouting. 🙂