No./19 RASPUTINS, RATED

In The King’s Man, Rhys Ifans joins a no­ble tra­di­tion of play­ing the Siberian mys­tic — but who is truly Rus­sia’s great­est love ma­chine?

Empire (Australasia) - - PREVIEW - WORDS DANIEL BENNEWORTH-GRAY

CHRISTO­PHER LEE RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK (1966)

Tow­er­ing, lech­er­ous, mes­meris­ing, full of ec­stasy and fire, Lee’s Ham­mer Hor­ror take was also no­table for the free ‘Rasputin beard’ (“for guys and gals alike!”) of­fered to cin­ema­go­ers. RA-RA-RAT­ING: FOUR TSARS

TOM BAKER NI­CHOLAS AND ALEXAN­DRA (1971)

In the Fourth Doc­tor’s first film role, Baker cap­tures the wild-eyed fa­nati­cism of the no­to­ri­ous mys­tic and ‘holy man’ by boldly re­fus­ing to blink ever again. RA-RA-RAT­ING: THREE TSARS

ALAN RICK­MAN RASPUTIN: DARK SER­VANT OF DES­TINY (1996)

Imag­ine Sher­iff Catwea­zle of Not­ting­ham recre­at­ing Paul Reubens’ Buffy The Vam­pire Slayer death scene and you’re pretty much there. Sexy, creepy, beardy. RA-RA-RAT­ING: FIVE TSARS

CHRISTO­PHER LLOYD ANAS­TA­SIA (1997)

A rare an­i­mated Rasputin in the canon, sadly over­shad­owed by his side­kick: Bar­tok, his wise­crack­ing al­bino bat min­ion. The bat even got his own spin-off pre­quel: the 1999 di­rect-to-video Bar­tok The Mag­nif­i­cent. RA-RA-RAT­ING: TWO TSARS

KAREL RO­DEN HELLBOY (2004)

Regrettabl­y, the his­tory books tend to gloss over Rasputin’s glass-eyed, shaven-headed, por­tal-open­ing, hell­hound-in­vok­ing, clock­work-nazi­as­sisted de­monology pe­riod. A shame, re­ally. RA-RA-RAT­ING: THREE TSARS

GÉRARD DEPAR­DIEU RASPOUTINE (2011)

Depar­dieu gives a hulk­ing great beard of a per­for­mance in this French/rus­sian pro­duc­tion. Con­sid­er­ably more en­joy­able if you de­cide to watch it as an in­sane, randy Santa Claus ori­gin story. RA-RA-RAT­ING: THREE TSARS

RHYS IFANS THE KING’S MAN (2021)

Based on what we’ve seen so far of Matthew Vaughn’s al­ter­nate his­tory ad­ven­ture, Ifans’ en­try in the Raspu-canon prom­ises emo eye­shadow, slow-mo­tion fight­ing and dog-like growl­ing. Oh, those Rus­sians. RA-RA-RAT­ING: FOUR TSARS

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