Satanic / Satanik (1968)

3.0 out of 5

Satanic is a difficult to classify film that is an adaptation to a long lived Italian comic book series of the same name and stars Magda Konopka who comes off here as sort of a poor man’s Marisa Mell, especially when she’s donning a banged blonde wig. The fact that there is very little backstory suggests that the filmmakers assumed viewers were already familiar with the hideously disfigured Dr. Marny Bannister who after killing her colleague and drinking a cell rejuvenating formula, utilizes her temporary new miraculously good looks to commit crimes while a hopeless police inspector, who seems completely incapable of putting two and two together, tries to solve her string of murders.

The film sort of works as its own take on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Konopka does deliver a good deal of memorability with a tribute to Diabolik in the form of a sexy and scintillating striptease. However, era specific sensationalism and trendiness stands out more than storyline content, and for that Satanic becomes difficult to recommend to the casual filmgoer, but more to fans of vintage Eurotrash of the more obscure type.

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