Uncut International Version Finally Available!
original Italian title: SEDDOK L'EREDE DI SATANA [Seddok: the
Heir of Satan]
also known as ATOM AGE VAMPIRE (severely edited USA release)
SEDDOK DER WURGER MIT DEN TEUFELSKRALLEN (Grm) [Seddok: Strangler
with the Devil's Claws]
director: Anton Giullio Majano
starring: Alberto Lupo · Susanne Loret · Sergio Fantoni · Franca Parisi
· Andrea Scotti · Ivo Garrani
terrible things happened to this film in 1960. First, it was sold to
Manson Distributing, an American company that changed the title to Atom
Age Vampire, a goofy moniker which became even sillier by that absence
of any kind of vampire. Then, that same distributor decided the movie
was "too adult" and removed almost a half hour of relevant
footage. [In fact, Manson released three different versions, one more
vapid than the next at 69, 72 and 81 minutes.] Here now - finally -
is the uncut 102 minute, original Italian version (with English subs). As
illustrated by pics on this page, it is decidedly more edgy than anyone
might have imagined, especially for a 1960 film.
based on Jean Redon's novel Les Yeux Sans Visage
[Eyes Without A
Face] - the same source for Georges Franju's arthouse hit in 1960 -
this is a classy-yet-unapologetic trash version of the subject matter.
For example, here, the disfigured heroine is a self-obsessed stripper
rather than a scientist's virgin daughter. Her name is Jeanette Moreneau
(played by beautiful actress/model Susanne Loret who had a brief four
year career in the early '60s which included MINOTAUR:
WILD BEAST OF CRETE).
In the beginning of the film - after her lengthy striptease performance
[which is edited from all USA prints], she is
dumped by her boyfriend. Distressed, Jeanette flees the nightclub but
accidentally drives her car off a cliff, resulting in severe damage
to the left side of her face. The hospital doctor tells her that the
horrible scars will be permanent and her beauty can't be restored. As
Jeanette contemplates suicide, she is approached by a woman named Monique,
the assistant (and lover) of scientist Albert Levin. Monique tells Jeanette
that her face can be restored through the professor's work with genetic
cell reconstruction. After Jeanette becomes the scientist's 'human guinea
pig,' everything spins out of control. Professor Levin becomes sexually
obsessed with the girl and kills his assistant Monique to retrieve additional
growth tissue from her glands. He then injects himself with an experimental
serum, turning him into a Jekyll/Hyde monster that attacks other females
for their pituitary glands. The Media begins to call the mysterious
killer Seddok [an Italian variation of Satan] and the
police get involved.
Please note: this DVD contains both the fully
uncut Italian version (1 hr 42 minute version with English subtitles) plus
the 82 minute USA English language print.
An Italian film
with English subtitles plus USA version in English; widescreen format,
fully uncut 102 minutes + 82 minutes), DVD encoded for ALL REGION NTSC
Extras include theatrical trailer.
for Mature Audiences