The Sinister Monk

Synopsis: A hooded serial killer finds a novel way to murder his victims--he lashes them to death with a whip. The police try to track him down before any more murders occur.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
87 min


How long does it take for that idiot?

- Ronny!


- He can't hold out much longer.

And don't you think your rightful place

is at your father's side?

It was his wish to talk to the notary.

My daughter Patricia keeps Darkwood Hall,

so her girls' boarding school...

can continue. The remainder

of my property and my revenues,

I bequeath to my beloved granddaughter,

Gwendolin Francis Gilmore.

Let's go!




Where's Richard?

- Something surely held him up.

Otherwise he'd never have missed

his father's death.

Since no will and testament has been

found as yet, the law states clearly...

that the inheritance shall now be divided

fairly and equally among his next of kin.

You are to appear before the official

bureau of estates and inheritances...

on the 20th of this month,

bearing certificates of your identity.

You'll see the judge at the Town Hall

in Greensmothing at 10 o'clock.

You will send these forms to us as soon

as you have filled them out. Good day.

Good day.

- Good day.

So, that's how it is. If you want

Darkwood Hall for your boarding school,

then I'll content myself with Sea House

and the 3 buildings located in London.

Since there isn't any will, we'll wait!

- Just a minute!

Where did you get the idea

that there was no will?


This is only a photo-stat, of course.

I did it myself, actually.

Quite good, don't you think?

The original is locked up in my safe.

The will was in the notary's car.

It was destroyed!

No, no! Otherwise, how did I get it?

I received it in an anonymous letter.

You think I believe that?

- Can you prove the contrary?

What does it say? Let me see!

- Aside from Darkwood Hall,

everything else - all property,

investments, as both real and on paper,

in other words, our father's entire

fortune of nearly 4 million pounds -

is to go to Lord Gilmore's

beloved granddaughter.

Do you mean Gwendolin?

- Yes. Gwendolin!

The daughter of our brother, Reginald,

who's now residing in jail.

Does Gwendolin know?

- No. And she won't find out...

if you keep quiet and if I destroy

the will and the copy I have.

Well, destroy it then!

- I haven't finished what I had to say:

Read that carefully.

If I do destroy the will,

each one of us will inherit a third.

Since Reginald, as a murderer...

and convict is, alas, disqualified.

I'd like something more for my trouble.

You'll get 10% of your possessions.

The rest you'll give to me,

as your brother and lawyer.

And you will agree to give me

power of attorney over the entire estate.

What I do with the money is my concern.

What do you say? Will you all sign that?

And what if we refuse?

- In that case, I'll speak to Gwendolin.

Oh yes? Then what do you get out of it?

- Just as little as we will.

That's what you think.

If you refuse, I have an alternate plan.

I was thinking of you. Will you sign it?

- That's a lot to ask all of a sudden!

We've got to think about it.

Give us a little more time.

Yes, it's only fair!

- Sure. Just as you like.

And we'll meet again in a week.

I would say, right here.

You are very sure of yourself.

Aren't you, Richard?

I would say...


Dirty thief!

- He's mad! Completely insane!

If he doesn't destroy that will...

- Then he'll try to blackmail Gwendolin!

Yes. That's what he'll do.

That's got to be what he's planning.

- And what if she doesn't give in?

Don't be nave, Ronny. Your uncle has

unusual ways of persuasion.

If Gwendolin doesn't want to lose

everything, she'll be satisfied with less.

There's one way out of this, however.

- Either the will disappears,

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Edgar Wallace

Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was an English writer. Born into poverty as an illegitimate London child, Wallace left school at age 12. He joined the army at age 21 and was a war correspondent during the Second Boer War, for Reuters and the Daily Mail. Struggling with debt, he left South Africa, returned to London, and began writing thrillers to raise income, publishing books including The Four Just Men (1905). Drawing on his time as a reporter in the Congo, covering the Belgian atrocities, Wallace serialised short stories in magazines such as The Windsor Magazine and later published collections such as Sanders of the River (1911). He signed with Hodder and Stoughton in 1921 and became an internationally recognised author. After an unsuccessful bid to stand as Liberal MP for Blackpool (as one of David Lloyd George's Independent Liberals) in the 1931 general election, Wallace moved to Hollywood, where he worked as a script writer for RKO studios. He died suddenly from undiagnosed diabetes, during the initial drafting of King Kong (1933). Wallace was such a prolific writer that one of his publishers claimed that a quarter of all books in England were written by him. As well as journalism, Wallace wrote screen plays, poetry, historical non-fiction, 18 stage plays, 957 short stories, and over 170 novels, 12 in 1929 alone. More than 160 films have been made of Wallace's work. He is remembered for the creation of King Kong, as a writer of 'the colonial imagination', for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, and for The Green Archer serial. He sold over 50 million copies of his combined works in various editions, and The Economist describes him as "one of the most prolific thriller writers of [the 20th] century", although few of his books are still in print in the UK. more…

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