Atom Age Vampire

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Atom Age Vampire
Atom-age-vampire-poster.jpg
Italian poster for Atom Age Vampire
Directed by Anton Giulio Majano
Produced by Mario Fava
Written by Alberto Bevilacqua
Gino De Santis
Anton Giulio Majano
Piero Monviso
Starring Alberto Lupo
Susanne Loret
Sergio Fantoni
Music by Armando Trovajoli
Cinematography Aldo Giordani
Edited by Gabriele Varriale
Production
company
Distributed by Manson Distributing Corp
Release dates
1961[1]
Running time
105 mins
Country Italy
Language Italian

Atom Age Vampire (Italian: Seddok, l'erede di Satana, UK title: Seddok) is a 1961[1] black-and-white Italian horror science fiction film directed by Anton Giulio Majano and starring Alberto Lupo.

Plot[edit]

When a singer (Susanne Loret) is horribly disfigured in a car accident, a scientist (Dr. Levin, played by Alberto Lupo) develops a treatment which can restore her beauty by injecting her with a special serum. While performing the procedure, however, he falls in love with her. As the treatment begins to fail, he determines to save her appearance, regardless of how many women he must kill for her sake.

Despite the implication of its American title, the film does not feature an actual vampire. The titular Seddok is actually the brilliant but deranged scientist Dr. Levin, mutated by a chemical formula created using radiation. Dr. Levin studied the effects of radiation on living tissue in post-Hiroshima Japan, and created an imperfect and teratogenic serum, "Derma 25", which he later refined into the miraculous healing agent "Derma 28" which he uses to treat the heroine. When his supply of Derma 28 runs out, he realizes he must kill to obtain more, and injects himself with Derma 25 in order to become monstrous and remorseless, so that he may seek these victims without hesitation. Because many of the murders take place near the docks where shiploads of Japanese refugees are arriving, and leave behind the victims' bodies with holes in the neck where Dr. Levin has extracted the glands, the refugees claim that a vampire (whom they call "Seddok", though this is not a Japanese name) is responsible for the attacks. During a meeting with police, a restored-to-humanity Dr. Levin speculates that the Hiroshima survivors' tales of a mutated killer are due to psychological strain from the radiation damage to their bodies...but also wonders aloud whether the "vampire" these witnesses describe might simply be a disturbed man wishing to be normal again.

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Alberto Lupo Prof. Alberto Levin
Susanne Loret Jeanette Moreneau
Sergio Fantoni Pierre Mornet
Franca Parisi Monique Riviere
Andrea Scotti the gardener
Rina Franchetti
Roberto Bertea Sacha
Ivo Garrani
Glamor Mora
Gianna Piaz (it)

Release[edit]

Atom Age Vampire had it's American debut in Los Angeles on May 29, 1963, three years after its 1960 production and original premiere in Italy.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Atom Age Vampire". American Film Institute. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ Ortega, Marcos (November 16, 2011). "BFI Filmstore and Filmarmalade Present: Lehrstücke, Objet petit a and The Great Game". Experimental Cinema. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Wingrove, David. (1985). Science Fiction Film Source Book. Longman Group Limited.

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