Wednesday, May 25, 2016

DER SCHWARZE ABT - "The Black Abbot" - Martin Böttcher (1963)

Wow! I actually found enough time to get around to watching a full-length film this week, and I'm glad I did, cause it was a good one!
Welcome to the "Black Abbot," and the Wednesday edition of The Dungeon!
One of the reasons I started this whole blog in the first place was to showcase the music of some great musicians and composers, and one of the best in the business is the brilliant German composer Martin Böttcher! Here's a bit of the theme from "Der Schwarze Abt" for your enjoyment, and if that whets your appetite, there's lots more to found at BSC Music!

The next time someone asks me a rhetorical question like "Who in history would you like to have dinner with," I'm going to say Edgar Wallace and Alfred Hitchcock over for some BBQ ribs, and a couple of beers sounds like a night to remember for me!

And here they all are, Joachim Fuchsberger in the middle, Klaus Kinski on his left, and Eddi Arent on his right! The gentleman on the far right is Charles (The Terror Of Dr. Mabuse) Régnier as Detective Puddler! Actually, a dinner with this group would also have been pretty damn interesting! Fuchsberger, Kinski, and Arent are like a German theatrical version of a power trio like Cream! Fuchsberger could be Clapton, Kinski Ginger Baker, and Arent Jack Bruce! 
Krazy nice colour credits for a black and white film!!

There is no way in Hell I can try and explain what's going on in this film in a handful of photographs! It's Edgar Wallace, you're not supposed to be able to explain it in just a few words!

There's lot of sneaking around, peeping, and a hiding!

You've got this whole anti-relationship thing going on between the despicable Werner (Das Phantom Von Soho) Peters character, and Grit (Code Name:Jaguar) Boettcher, the gal he's madly in love with!

This shot looks like it came from a Hitchcock film!

At first, it's kind of hard to tell what this is, but it's a bat hanging upside down!
I kept expecting a vampire to show up at any given time!

No vampires, but lots of hooded creeps wandering around!

Here's another great shot that looks like it came out of a Hitchcock film!

This one, not so much!

No matter where they go, there seems to always be somebody watching!

Here's a reverse shot, from the inside looking out after Eddi falls into a hole!

You never knew for sure, but as it turns out, there was some treasure that was worth all the loco commotion!

Will the joyful couple go off and live happily ever after?

It's an Edgar Wallace movie, what do you think??

If you like movies that keep you guessing, then "The Black Abbot" is right up your alley, because it's fairly fast paced, has a great atmospheric look like an older Universal film, and is unpredictable because basically everybody is a suspect at some point, and it's readily available from 

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