Rasputin: The Mad Monk sees Christopher Lee's penetrating stare being used to maximum effect especially when you consider that the film was shot back to back with Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) which saw the actor regrettably toothless. He stars as Russia's greatest love machine, going from depraved monk to manipulator of the Tsarina via mild-control and the power to heal. He's simultaneously commanding, menacing and oafish throughout the film with the only drawback being his regrettably easy demise when compared to the real story.
That is not the case in The Devil Rides Out, based on a novel by Dennis Wheatley and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson, and once again stars Lee; this time as a good guy. Directed by Hammer favourite Terence Fisher, the movie follows Duc de Richleau (Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) as they attempt to save their friend from a satanic cult and prevent the evil Mocata (Charles Gray) from inducting two new members into the shadowy world of devil worship. Naturally, things get pretty wild when the dark magician wants his new disciples back.
On the whole, these are three thoroughly enjoyable additions to the Hammer Horror Blu-ray collection and, in Rasputin and Duc de Richleau, offer up two captivating performances from Christopher Lee. However, better work has undoubtedly been done by this classic British institution.