Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Etheria - Sweet Little Unforgettable Thing 2014/2020

- Beast Within 2020

- The Black Emperor of Broadway 2020

- The Wall of Mexico 2019

- The Swerve 2018

- Last Call 2019

- Wichita 2020

- Coven of Evil 2020

- The Dead Ones 2019

- Alien Addiction 2018

- Intolerance No More 2019

- The Last Exorcist 2020

- Occurrence at Mills Creek 2020

- A Broken Arrow 2020

- To Your Last Death 2019

- Greenlight 2019

- Strange Files - Prey by Night 2020

- Choir Girl 2019

- Bad Cookie Combo 2020

- Bloodstone 1988

- The Last Laugh 2020

- Up on the Glass 2020

- Hawk and Rev: Vampire Slayers 2020

- Martha/Joker 2020

- Gatsby in Connecticut 2020

- Genevieve Wreaks Havoc 2020

- Zombie for Sale 2019

- We Die Alone 2020

- The Great Deceiver 2020

- The Faceless Man 2019

- Clownface 2019

- Monster Force Zero 2020

- The Last White Man 2019

- The Good Things Devils Do 2020

- Last Shot 2020

- Attack of the Unknown 2020

- Gamera 1965

- Immortal 2019

- Benjamin 2018

- Macabre Medicine 2009

- Ten Commandments of Terror 2020

- Watch List 2019

- Widow's Point 2019

- Exeter at Midnight 2020

- No Way Out 2020

- Streets of Syndicate, Ohio 2019

- Monstrous 2020

- John #3 2017

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse

The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
The Terror of Dr. Mabuse

West Germany 1962
produced by
Artur Brauner, Wolf Brauner (executive) for CCC-Filmkunst
directed by Werner Klingler
starring Gert Fröbe, Walter Rilla, Senta Berger, Helmut Schmid, Charles Régnier, Wolfgang Preiss, Harald Juhnke, Leon Askin, Zeev Berlinsky, Albert Bessler, Arthur Schilsky, Claus Tinney, Alain Dijon, Alon Armand, Rolf Eden, Gerhard Hartig, Ann Savo (= Anneli Sauli), Günter Meisner
screenplay by Ladislas Fodor, Robert A.Stemmle, based on a story by Thea von Harbou, music by Raimund Rosenberger

Dr. Mabuse, CCC-Filmkunst's Dr. Mabuse, Kommissar Lohmann

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

Alice in Wonderland

Arsčne Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan


Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera


Robin Hood

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




A serious crimewave is hitting Germany: A gang of gangsters led by the elegant Mortimer (Charles Régnier) is having their hands into all sorts of stuff from bankrobbery to forgery to robbing diamond dealers, and all their coups seem to be meticulously planned. Mortimer though is not the genius behind the crimes but merely the organiser, the brains of the operation is a mysterious stranger that even Mortimer and his men only see as a shadow behind a caqrpet, and police commissioner Lohmann (Gert Fröbe) soon figures it can only be one man: Doctor Mabuse (Wolfgang Preiss) ... but Mabuse has spent the last severyl years in Professor Polland (Walter Rilla) loonie bin and is under constant guardso he could have nothing to do witht he crimes, could he ...

Of course he could, it's simply a case of transmigration of souls, and so every night he possesses the mind of good Professor Polland and has made him the boss of his crime syndicate - in fact Mabuse is so good in that transmigration of souls thing that he can even allow his own body to die and still live on in Polland's mind.

But Mabuse/Polland and Mortimer make one decisive mistake when they hire Johnny (Helmut Schmid), a boxer fallen from grace, as their new thug, and Johnny can't keep up with all the killings going on during their crime and eventually wants to betray them to the police. Pretty soon too, Lohmann and his men have surrounded Mortimer and his gang, killed him and arrested the others. Now only the mastermind is missing, but poor Lohmann doesn't know that Polland is in fact Dr Mabuse these days, and Polland/Mabuse lets him walk into a trap and almost electrocutes him. But of course in the end, good triumphs over evil and during the final carchase, Polland drives his car into a lake and drowns ... and Mabuse with him - maybe.

Senta Berger has a small role in this as Johnny's girlfriend while Harald Juhnke is wasted as Lohmann's bumbling assistant.


During the 1960's, when Krimis (= crime films) were in high demand at the German box office following the phenomenal success of Rialto's Edgar Wallace series, producer Artur Brauner of CCC-Filmkunst exhumed Fritz Lang's mad scientist Doctor Mabuse and turned his exploits into a series of 6 movies during the 1960s (and one in the 1970's, Jess Franco's La Venganza del Dr. Mabuse). Some would call it blasphemous to even try to make a classic Fritz Lang character into a series, but for this film, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Artur Brauner went even one step further and had one of Fritz Lang's classic films (click here) remade ...

Now even in writing that sounds like a surefire bad idea, however one must not forget quite a few things: First off, Lang's original was not his best film, it didn't even come close to its predecessor, M. Actually, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse was more of a pulp film that wasn't without its lengths and that did feature a screenplay that, despite all its relevance, featured many ridiculous, even bad, plot devices. These plot elements translated into a silly little 1960's B-Krimi is an entirely different thing, the outdome is a good-natured piece of trash that is often unintentionally funny and entertaining throughout - if such a stupidity is your thing of course. That said, of course, the 1960's version lacks any of the political relevance of the original and Werner Klingler is of course not nearly as brilliant a director as Fritz Lang, so don#e expect a masterpiece ...


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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

The links below
will take you
just there !!!

Find The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports ?
Find The Testament of Dr. Mabuse here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

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

x-rated  find The Testament of Dr. Mabuse at

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




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


A Killer Conversation

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

out now on DVD