Thursday, December 22, 2011

Satanik (1968)

Director: Piero Vivarelli

Starring: Magda Konopka, Julio Pena, Umberto Raho, Luigi Montini, Armando Calvo, Mimma Ippoliti, Isarco Ravaioli

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Man hunting she demons

Plot: Scarred, ugly Dr. Marny Bannister (Magda Konopka) listens to her research partner talk about the dangers of trying their rejuvenation serum without further testing, but she kills him instead, imbibes the serum, and emerges a lovely young woman. The nagging side effect is evil behavior, and she wastes no time hooking herself up with a rich but crooked businessman. When the serum wears off at an inopportune moment, Bannister kills and robs him. Scotland yard, aided by the Madrid police, try to figure out the mystery, while Bannister murders the wife of a crooked club owner, assumes her identity, and skips to Geneva to retrieve the blood money the wife had collected for turning in the gang. There she partners with the club owner's equally rich and crooked brother, and performs a striptease in his club, the Chez Mio. That's when both the cops and the crooks catch up with her.

My rating: 5/10

Will I watch it again? Nope.

Here's yet another comic book based super criminal movie with a hot broad putting the fix on bad men. I already watched one this month from 1968, THE GOLDEN CLAWS OF THE CAT GIRL, which oozes with style but isn't all that fulfilling. SATANIK is slightly worse, or rather more boring. It looks cool from time to time and it's got a groovy score by Manuel Parada but that's about it. The biggest problem is it drags. It takes about 20 minutes to get into the film and another 2 hours to get out (even though it's really only 86 minutes long).

There were things that didn't make sense like the two detectives that go after the murderer behind theses killings and that one of them shouldn't even be there and how they're miraculously able to come to conclusions that lead them along the killer's path but by their own logic shouldn't even be close. Shit like that. I was captivated by the image above. You see her in that mask and outfit on some of the posters so I was hoping for more cat burgler or spy action and got neither. It's a light crime thriller without any real thrills and the only crime is I was robbed of 86 minutes plus however long it took me to write this.

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