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Low-budget film about a young man given a mystical medallion by an Aztec shaman, in order to become a puma-empowered champion like his father before him. In trying to initially locate the young man, the shaman has the nasty habit of pushing candidates out of windows to test them ("Nope, not him.") Written by
Derek Chong <firstname.lastname@example.org>
If ever a movie existed that was so insanely horrible as to be laughed at by the masses, that movie is Puma Man. A disgrace to the entire science-fiction genre, this 1980 made-for-television movie expounds with horrible special effects, terrible acting, and an utterly non-existent plot.
First, we'll concentrate on those special effects. Special abilities and powers differentiate super-heros from each other, and Puma Man certainly has his fair share of "abilities." The first and most painfully obvious is his ability to fly. Not only can Puma Man fly (as one would expect considering the innate ability of flight in pumas), but he can fly in oblique angles to the ground. This effect basically looks like a man falling from a building with a side-scrolling background behind him. (The image I use as my personal image is actually taken directly from the movie.) Come on! I believed that the original Godzilla was actually destroying Tokyo more than I believed that this guy was flying.
Next we have the acting. The only memorable actor in the entire movie is the random, grunting Aztec guy who appears throughout the movie to aide Puma Man in his quest against Dr. Kobra (spelled with a 'K', KLEVER!). Yet, as the market has never been too good for random, grunting Aztec men, this guy's acting future was never too bright.
There is no real plot in this one. It is basically just your normal super-hero vs super-villain flick. I won't give away Dr. Kobra's diabolical plan to world domination, but rest assured he has one.
Overall, only see this if you have an urge to make fun of a poorly done movie. This movie has been MST3K'd (Mystery Science Theater 3000), and if you really must see Puma Man, the MST3K'd version is well worth your time.
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