Puma Man, The / L'uomo puma (1980)

1.5 out of 5

Since The Puma Man is widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever made this can only serve to emphasise that there are clear limitations to the notion of The Wisdom of Crowds. The film is no masterpiece but it is not anywhere near as awful as some riffing puppets would have viewers believe.

Sure enough The Puma Man feels like a relic of a bygone age of cinema and features already past their sell-by date effects but this only adds to the charm of what should be regarded as a matinée style crowd pleaser along the lines of the Children's Film Foundation movies.

Watched with an open mind The Puma Man may prove to be lovable hokum complete with earnest performances from a shoulder padded leather clad Donald Pleasence, his half an Easter egg style Aztec mind control mask and a collection of waxy heads. Priceless.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics