Guru the Mad Monk (1969)

USA, 1969
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English
Reviewed at The EOFFTV Review

An American horror film directed by Andy Milligan.

Plot Summary

Set in the 15th century on the fictional island or Mortovia, the Church of the Lost Souls is in fact a penal colony run by Guru – not a mad monk at all, but a perverted priest – who tortures and dismembers his prisoners with the help of his facially scarred hunchback assistant Igor. Nadja has been sen to the colony after she was raped by gypsies and made pregnant, eventually giving birth to a stillborn baby. Her lover Carl asks Guru for help and he hatches a complex plot to fake Nadja’s death and help her escape – but only if Carl helps him to secure the bodies needed by his blood-drinking associate Olga.


Directed by: Andy Milligan
© [not given on screen]
Nova International [logo]
Produced by: M.A. Isaacs
Screenplay by: Andy Milligan
Based on a Story Suggested by: M.A. Izak [real name: M.A. Isaacs], Maipix Co.
Director of Photography: A. Milligan [real name: Andy Milligan]
Film Editor: Gerald Jackson
Sound: K’Pagune
Settings: James Fox

Neil Flanagan (Father Guru)
Jacqueline Webb (Olga)
Judith Israel (Nadja)
Jack Spencer (Igor)
Frank Echols (Bishop Kopel)
Jeremy Brooks (Father Polanski)
Paul Lieber (Carl)
Julia Wills (Christine)
Ron Keith (Lars)
Myschka (Mara)
Irving Metzman (Hans)
Jeffrey Isaacs, Ron Gordon (altar boys)
Stanley Herbert, Billy Hoffman (prison guards)
Tom Mullaney (young stranger)
Joseph Pichette
Joan Durant

Alternative Titles

Garu, the Mad Monk
Гуру, безумный монах – Russia


Extracts included in
Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 5 (1998)
Morella Presents Graveyard Theater: Blood Flood (2007)



  • Cinema Scope no.87 (Summer 2021) pp.61-63 – illustrated article (DVD Bonus: The grindhouse Genet: In praise of Andy Milligan by Will Sloan)
  • Sight and Sound vol.14 no.4 (April 2004) p.75 – DVD review (Nozone: cheap and nasty by Tim Lucas)


  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.256