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The Devil Came from Akasava (1971)

Der Teufel kam aus Akasava (original title)
A mineral is discovered which can turn metal to gold or humans into zombies. When the mineral is stolen, secret agents are sent in to get the mineral back!

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Jesús Franco (as Jess Frank)

Writers:

Paul André, Ladislas Fodor (as Ladislao Fodor) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Fred Williams ... Rex Forrester
Soledad Miranda ... Jane Morgan (as Susann Korda)
Horst Tappert ... Dr. Andrew Thorrsen
Ewa Strömberg ... Ingrid Thorrsen (as Ewa Stroemberg)
Siegfried Schürenberg Siegfried Schürenberg ... Sir Philip
Walter Rilla ... Lord Kingsley
Paul Muller ... Dr. Henry (as Paul Müller)
Blandine Ebinger ... Lady Abigail Kingsley
Howard Vernon ... Valet Humphrey
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A mineral is discovered which can turn metal to gold or humans into zombies. When the mineral is stolen, secret agents are sent in to get the mineral back!

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Lead actress Soledad Miranda was killed in a car accident in Portugal soon after finishing this film. See more »

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Ingrid Thorrsen: But Mr Forrester, I'm a married woman.
Rex Forrester: At least married women know what they want.
Ingrid Thorrsen: How cynical - for one so young.
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Pardon my French
17 July 2006 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

This is a kind of a silly spy spoof like the ones that were big in Europe at the time. Jess Franco did any number of them ("Kiss Me Monster", "The Girl from Rio"). It also might by be loose adaptation of an Edgar Wallace mystery, which were really big in Germany where the film was produced (although more likely it's based on a work of his much less talented son, Bryan Edgar Wallace). The story involves a bunch of characters all chasing after this mineral a murdered professor has discovered that can apparently do everything from waking up patients in narcoleptic comas to turning worthless metals into gold. The mineral is really a "McGuffin" though, in fact, the whole plot is pretty much a McGuffin. The real fun to be had is watching all these bizarre characters crossing and double-crossing each other.

Franco regulars Paul Muller and Howard Vernon are on hand, the latter playing a pretty unconvincing hired assassin. Ewa "Vampyros Lesbos" Stromberg also has a small role, but she keeps her clothes on this time. My favorites though are the lead villains--a husband who is apparently confined to a wheelchair and his prim, matronly wife who wields a mean sword cane! The real reason to watch this movie though can be summed up in two words: Soledad Miranda. Soledad Miranda had what the French (and a a lot non-French pseudointellectual types)called "je ne sais qoi" (basically "I don't know what"). She was very beautiful, standing out even among the many beautiful actresses Franco worked with. She was also talented having made many movies before she started working with Franco. She was always willing to take her clothes off and display her beautiful body, but she was classier and much less unabashedly exhibitionistic than her successor Lina Romay (who probably should have been more "abashed" about doing hardcore porn or letting Franco practically explore her colon with his zoom lens). Maybe it was because she died tragically young. She was always a sexy but ethereal actress whose erotic presence haunted even silly, nonsense movies like this.

As his fans know, Franco himself as director had a certain "je ne sais qoi" with some of his films. (With others though it was more like "je ne sais why the hell I am watching this crap!"). He's especially zoom-happy in this movie, but it actually works pretty well with the frenetic, pop-art style plot. It's not a great movie by a long shot, but the movies Franco did with Soledad Miranda are all pretty special, even the slightest ones like this.


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Country:

West Germany | Spain | Portugal

Language:

German

Release Date:

5 March 1971 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

El diablo que vino de Akasawa See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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