|The Castle of Fu Manchu|
|Directed by||Jesús Franco|
|Written by||Manfred Barthel|
by Sax Rohmer
|Edited by||John Colville|
The Castle of Fu Manchu (also known as The Torture Chamber of Dr. Fu Manchu and also known by its German title Die Folterkammer des Dr. Fu Man Chu) is a 1969 film and the fifth and final Dr. Fu Manchu film with Christopher Lee portraying the title character.
Supercriminal Dr. Fu Manchu plots to freeze the world's oceans with a diabolical new device. With his evil daughter, Lin Tang, his army of dacoits, and the help of the local crime organization led by Omar Pasha (whom Dr. Fu Manchu double-crosses), Dr. Fu Manchu takes over the governor's castle in Istanbul, which has a massive opium reserve, to control the largest opium port in Anatolia, since the drug is an important ingredient for the fuel for his machine. Dr. Fu Manchu needs the help of an intelligent scientist with an ailing heart whom he has imprisoned. In order to keep the scientist alive, he kidnaps a doctor and his wife to give the scientist a heart transplant from one of his obedient servants. Opposing him from Britain's branch of Interpol are his nemeses, Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie.
Blue Underground released the film on DVD under The Christopher Lee Collection in 2003.
In 1992, The Castle of Fu Manchu was featured in Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Season 3, Episode 23). Towards the end, Joel comments that Roger Ebert liked the movie; however, in 1993 Ebert stated he had "never seen it." The episode marked the closest Joel and the Bots came to losing their sanity due to the poor quality of the movie.
Q. Did you really like "Castle of Fu Manchu?" The Mystery Science Theater critics said, "Roger Ebert liked this!" (Don Donovan) A. I've never seen it. Maybe they had me confused with Gene Siskel. Happens all the time.