Atom Age Vampire / Seddok, l'erede di Satana (1960)

1.5 out of 5

There's no 'Vampire' or, indeed, 'heir of Satan' as promised by the original title to be found here, but instead a crazed scientist played by Alberto Lupo who has created a formula that regenerates human tissue. When he becomes hopelessly besotted with the facially disfigured dancer that he's been using for a test subject, he uses another serum to turn himself into a monster in order to kill women and steal their glands, with which to make more formula.

This early Italian horror from veteran director Anton Giulio Majano is in essence a very poor man's Eyes Without a Face, with none of the flair or artistry of that movie or, say, the vaguely similar in theme I vampiri. It's very much a fifties B-movie in the American mold, and had the poor fortune to not reach the U.S until 1963, by which time far, far better Eurohorrors were hitting drive-in screens. Expect copious scenes with men in overlarge trench-coats, talking,

Something of a clunker, then, although any self-respecting monster kid should be able to enjoy at least the last ten minutes. Most English versions are shorn of a few scenes, including a racy dance routine from leading lady Susanne Loret at the film's start.

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