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Satanik (1968)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 18 April 1968 (Italy)
A withered old hag turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a youth formula.

Director:

Piero Vivarelli

Writers:

Eduardo Manzanos (screenplay) (as Eduardo Manzanos Brochero), Eduardo Manzanos (story) (as Eduardo Manzanos Brochero) | 2 more credits »
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Magda Konopka ... Dr. Marnie Bannister, 'Satanik'
Julio Peña ... Inspector Trent
Umberto Raho ... George Van Donen
Luigi Montini Luigi Montini ... Dodo La Roche
Armando Calvo ... Commissioner Gonzalez
Mimma Ippoliti Mimma Ippoliti ... Stella Dexter
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Max Bermuda
Nerio Bernardi ... Professor Greaves
Pino Polidori Pino Polidori ... Albert (as Joe Atlanta)
Antonio Pica ... Louis La Roche
Piero Vivarelli Piero Vivarelli ... Commissaire Le Duc
Gaetano Quartararo Gaetano Quartararo ... Ortega
Mirella Pamphili ... La ballerina di flamenco che prova quando il locale è chiuso
Gustavo Simeone Gustavo Simeone ... Il portiere giovane
Giancarlo Prete ... Scagnozzo di Dodo con cravatta arancione
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A withered old hag turns into a beautiful young woman after drinking a youth formula.

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In the original comicbook, Satanik is not an old woman before the serum, but rather a disfigured young scientist. See more »

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Cool idea, lacklustre movie
29 December 2001 | by rundbauchdodoSee all my reviews

This Spanish-Italian co-production tells an interesting and weird story about Dr. Bannister, a woman that not only has the best years behind her, but also has a scarred face that makes her look like a freak. But in Madrid, a professor she knows has conducted some experiments on animals with a substance which regenerates cells. The experiments were successful, but the animals became aggressive. Because the professor won't allow Dr. Bannister to be the first human guinea pig, she kills him and consumes the substance. She becomes a beautiful young woman, but also a vicious killer when it comes to keep her secret a secret.

The plot of the film is great fun, but Piero Vivarelli had not enough skills and money to make a cool movie out of it. Also, the film becomes boring after a good start and doesn't manage to regain a fast pace even though the film's running time doesn't exceed 83 minutes. And as the setting changes to Swiss city Geneva for the last third of the film, it sometimes even looks like a vacation movie as we see how beautiful Geneva is (which it is indeed - but it doesn't help to push the plot forward...). So, with a more talented director, better actors and a bigger budget, "Satanik" could have become an obscure Italian classic. But, as it is, it's just a lacklustre and boring crime film that isn't really worth looking for. Rating: 3 out of 10.


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Language:

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Release Date:

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Also Known As:

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Color:

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2.35 : 1
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