The Sinister Monk

The Sinister Monk (German: Der unheimliche Mönch) is a 1965 West German thriller film directed by Harald Reinl and starring Karin Dor, Harald Leipnitz and Siegfried Lowitz. It is based on the play The Terror by Edgar Wallace and was part of a very successful series of German films inspired by his works.[1]

The Sinister Monk
Directed byHarald Reinl
Produced by
Written by
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyErnst W. Kalinke
Edited byJutta Hering
Distributed byConstantin Film
Release date
  • 17 December 1965 (1965-12-17)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryWest Germany

It was shot at the Spandau Studios in Berlin with location shooting in London, Hamburg and Hamelin in Lower Saxony. The film's sets were designed by the art directors Walter Kutz and Wilhelm Vorwerg.



It is the third film adaptation of the play The Terror by Edgar Wallace. Earlier versions were made in 1928 and 1938.

Cinematography took place from 6 October to 17 November 1965 at London and Hameln (or Hamelin).[2]


The FSK gave the film a rating of 16 and up and found it not appropriate for screenings on public holidays.[2]


  1. A New History of German Cinema p. 380
  2. "Filmportal: Der unheimliche Mönch". Retrieved 7 February 2017.


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