Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Terror at Black Tree Forest 2021

- An Approximation of their Barbarous Manners 2021

- Ouija Japan 2021

- Cold Feet 2019

- Road to Revenge 2020

- Live Health 2021

- They're Outside 2020

- Broken 2021

- Undertaker 2021

- Like Dogs 2021

- Night Caller 2022

- Dashcam 2021

- Siren 2021

- Star Vehicle 2010

- Amazon Queen 2021

- Demigod 2021

- Lone Wolf 2020

- The Masterpiece 2001

- Survive the Game 2021

- Apartment 413 2019

- The Family 2021

- Cosmos 2021

- The Old Ways 2020

- Escape to the Cove 2021

- Devil's Five 2021

- Sons of Steel 1988

- The Secret of Sinchanee 2021

- Dessert 2021

- I'm an Electric Lampshade 2021

- The Star Light Motel 2021

- Royal Jelly 2021

- Death Screams 1982

- Gap Weekend 2021

- It Came from Below 2021

- Man vs Bigfoot 2021

- Tokoloshe - The Calling 2020

- Mental Aquarium: The Collected Short Films and Trailers of Andrew Buckner 2021

- Creature with the Atom Brain 1955

- Chompy and the Girls 2021

- Answer Your Phone 2021

- Skinwalker: The Howl of the Rougarou 2021

- Death Drop Gorgeous 2020

- Snake Girl and the Silver Haired Witch 1968

- John #3 2017

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Der Rächer

The Avenger

West Germany 1960
produced by
Kurt Ulrich, Heinz Willeg for Kurt Ulrich Filmproduktion
directed by Karl Anton
starring Heinz Drache, Ingrid van Bergen, Benno Sterzenbach, Ina Duscha, Ludwig Linkmann, Siegfried Schürenberg, Klaus Kinski, Rainer Brandt, Friedrich Schoenfelder, Al Hoosmann, Maria Litto, Franz-Otto Krüger, Rainer Penkert, Albert Bessler, Asikin Nazir
screenplay by Gustav Kampendonk, Rudolph Cartier, based on the novel by Edgar Wallace, music by Peter Sandloff

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Available on DVD !

To buy, click on link(s) below and help keep this site afloat

Always make sure of DVD-compatibility !!!


A serial killer dugbbed the Headhunter is roaming the streets of London, decapitating his victims and leaving their heads in a box with some warning attached to it. And since the last victim of the Headhunter has been the uncle of a bit player at a film production, Ruth Sanders (Ina Duscha), Secret Service agent Brixan (Heinz Drache) tracks her down to the mansion of Lord Longvale (Ludwig Linkmann) to investigate - and witness her being promoted to lead status after the film's star Stella Mendoza (Ingrid van Bergen) throws yet another scene. At another mansion they're shooting at, mansion owner Sir Gregory (Benno Sterzenbach) desparately tries to get into Ruth's panties, and makes himself very suspicious in the process. Other suspects are Stella Mendoza of course, who will stop at nothing to get her role back, the film's star Reggie (Rainer Brandt), who's pretty much Stella's trusted sidekick, weird script supervisor Lorenz Voss (Klaus Kinski), and even the film's director Jackson (Friedrich Schoenfelder), who comes across as a bit too helpful. Early on, everything seems to point into Sir Gregory's direction, he owns swords sharp enough to cut off a head as cleanly as the Headhunter does, he has a creepy servant/slave, Bhag (Al Hoosmann), a half-animal he brought from Malaysia, he keeps a Malaysian dancer (Maria Litto) locked up in his attic, he agrees to help Stella Mendoza get her role back, he tries to rape Ruth, and so on and so forth - until he eventually is made captive by the Headhunter himself. Eventually Brixan figures out that the Headhunter is actually none other than eccentric Lord Longvale, a descendent of a famed executioner from the Spanish revolution, who has picked up dishing out punishment to those he sees unfit. And he uses a massive system of abandoned mines in the region to move from one place to the other unseen. Of course, Brixan eventually falls into one of Lord Longvale's trap, and in the finale, Longvale tries to behead Ruth with an actual guillotine, but Bhag, always loyal to his master Sir Gregory, utterly kills Longvale and saves the day.

Siegfried Schürenberg can be seen as head of the Secret Service, basically a more serious version of his later beloved Edgar Wallace character Sir John.

 

To cash in on the success production company Rialto had with their early Edgar Wallace adaptations, producer Kurt Ulrich was quick to adapt the one book of the writer he owned the rights to, The Avenger - and had it turned into an at best ok krimi. Basically, it just fails to live up to the standards of Rialto's early output that was notoriously high on atmosphere, featured a bit of humour to lighten up the mood (later Rialto movies actually tended to come across as outright comedies), and was driven by suspense, also to often hide the narrative shortcomings of its source material. This film at hand seems to be much more just going through the motions, driven by a very functional directorial effort and at best standard characters. Now that's not to say this is a bad movie in the true sense of the word, it just feels a tad empty and in fact uninteresting.

 

What's interesting here though is that many actors who would later appear in Rialto's Edgar Wallace adaptations would get their first taste of Edgar Wallace in this one, and especially Klaus Kinski, Heinz Drache and Siegfried Schürenberg would later become cornerstones of Rialto's series.

 

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin

Batman

Bigfoot

Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan

Cinderella

Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who

Dracula

Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory

Emmanuelle

Fantomas

Flash Gordon

Frankenstein

Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu

Fuzzy

Gamera

Godzilla

Hercules

El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim

Justine

Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution

Lobo

Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III

Maciste

Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong

Mothra

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Quatermass

Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes

Spider-Man

Star Trek

Sukeban Deka

Superman

Tarzan

Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Supermen

Winnetou

Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman

Yojimbo

Zatoichi

Zorro

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

Feeling lucky ?
Want to
search
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Avenger
at the amazons ...

USA  amazon.com

Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)  amazon.co.uk

Germany (East AND West)  amazon.de

Looking for imports ?
Find The Avenger here ...

Thailand  eThaiCD.com
Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty ?
(Must be over 18 to go there !)

x-rated  find The Avenger at adultvideouniverse.com


Thanks for watching !!!

 

 

Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
-
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.

 

Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner

 

Out now from
Amazon!!!

 

 

 

On the same day
a Burglar wants to kill you
and your Ex wants
to make up ...
... and for the life of it,
you can't decide
WHICH IS WORSE!!!

 

A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
Michael Haberfelner
starring
Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

out now on DVD