ATOM AGE VAMPIRE
(Seddok, LErede di Satana)
Atom Age Vampire seems like it has been slung together as a collusion in a number of coinciding genre fads from around the time. The theme of the surgeon obsessed with unorthodox experiments attempting to repair the disfigured beauty of a woman is taken directly from previous years success of the French Eyes Without a Face (1959), which influenced a number of other films, most notably Jess Francos The Awful Dr Orloff (1962) and sequels. The most notable peculiarity about the title is that the film features no vampires at most, a doctor turned monster stealing womans glands nor has anything to do with the Atomic Age, atomic bomb or the usual radiation-produced monsters of the era. The vampire aspect one suspects was slapped on the film when it was released in English in 1963 because of the upsurge of interest in vampire movies following Hammers Dracula/The Horror of Dracula (1958).
On all counts, Atom Age Vampire is dull. The dubbed dialogue is stilted and flat. Anton Giulio Majanos direction is pedestrian. At most, the horror element amounts to a PG-rated torridness. As the crazed scientist, Sergio Fantoni has a suitably creepy presence if this were a 1940s film, this is a role that would mandatorily be played by either Bela Lugosi or George Zucco. In truth, what we have is a 1940s mad scientist film that is posing at 1950s atomic bomb fears. The business about the scientist harvesting glands for rejuvenation treatments is as old as one of the first ever mad scientist film, the silent A Blind Bargain (1922) and had undergone a revival a couple of years earlier in I Vampiri (1957), the first film of the Italian Continental Gothic fad.
Director Anton Giulio Majano had a long career in Italian cinema and tv that lasted from the 1930s to the 1980s. He never ever entered genre material again, although did adapt a two-part film from libertarian philosopher/science-fiction writer Ayn Rands non-genre novel We the Living (1936) during the 1940s.
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