Friday, October 7, 2016

Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Original title: Seddok, L'erede di Satana

Director: Anton Giulio Majano

Writers: Piero Monviso, Gino De Santis, Alberto Bevilacqua, Anton Giulio Majano

Composer: Armando Trovajoli

Starring: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Parisi, Andrea Scotti, Rina Franchetti, Roberto Bertea, Ivo Garrani

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You'll gasp with Horror . . . a spine-tingling motion picture only the atom age could produce!

Plot: A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor must give her additional treatments using glands taken from murdered women. His unexplained ability to turn into a hideous monster helps with this problem but does nothing to win her love. The doctor's woes multiply as the police and the girl's boyfriend begin to close in on him.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

If you're looking for vampires in the blood-sucking Lugosi type then you'll be sorely disappointed.  There is someone who kills for blood but it's for a different reason and M.O..  I watched a nice anamorphic widescreen print dubbed in English and sometimes in Italian where English wasn't available.  Sometimes the acting is soap opera over the top which can be distracting.  As for as horror goes, it's in the second half and this seems to be about what your average monster movie was like at this time.  Since it's European (Italian), It's a little risque thanks to Loret's lovely plumage.  You didn't get a lot of that here in the States in 1960.  It's a by the numbers mad scientist falling in love with his patient who has monster issues.  It's OK but ultimately forgettable.  

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