The Deathless Devil (1973)

Run Time - 84 min.  |   Countries - Turkey   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Fans of B-movie craziness need not rely on English-speaking countries for their fix of celluloid dementia. The Deathless Devil is a prime example of the goofball pleasures inherent in Turkish popular cinema of the 1970s. Don't be expecting Hollywood-level production values because they can't be found here: costumes and sets are cheap (especially Dr. Satan's man-in-painted-cardboard-box "robot"), the filmmaking technique is crude, and the performances range from stiff to outrageously hammy. However, schlock lovers who can look past the film's primitive origins will find that The Deathless Devil offers plenty of kitschy pleasures. It rises above its impoverished circumstances to dish up a genuinely unpredictable blend of entertainment; there's superhero derring-do, spy-movie intrigue, a light dash of bloodletting and sex for the grindhouse crowd, and even some slapstick comedy. Yilmaz Atadeniz's direction keeps this combination of elements rolling at a breakneck clip, and the end result makes up for its lack of polish with a consistent level of demented inspiration. In short, The Deathless Devil is mainly for the trash-movie addicts, but they will find it positively captivating.