‘You’ll gasp with horror… A spine-tingling motion picture only the atom age could produce!’
Seddok aka Atom Age Vampire is a 1960 Italian science fiction horror film directed by Anton Giulio Majano. Susanne Loret and Alberto Lupo. It was produced by Mario Fava (i.e., Elio Ippolito Mellino, and not Mario Bava, as has been erroneously stated by many sources). The original Italian title is Seddok, “l’erede di Satana” which translates as “Seddok, the Heir of Satan”.
Despite the implication of its American release title, courtesy of Topaz Film Corp., the film does not feature a vampire. The titular Seddok is actually the brilliant but deranged scientist Dr. Levin, mutated by a chemical formula created using radiation. The 1963 British release by D.U.K. Films Ltd was as Seddok.
The film’s score was composed by Armando Trovajoli (Frankenstein 90; Hercules in the Haunted World; Werewolf in a Girls’ Dormitory).
When an exotic dancer (Susanne Loret) is horribly disfigured in a car accident, a scientist, Doctor Levin (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…
” …it’s not particularly good — even at full length, it seems choppy and antsy, always cutting from one location to another, but it is atmospherically photographed by Aldo Giordani, moodily scored by Armando Trovajoli, and sports some innovative work in the special makeup effects department.” Pause. Rewind. Obsess.
“The compelling nature of its black-and-white images often makes the very weak story more bearable.” Lawrence McCallum, Italian Horror Films of the 1960s
” …if you were expecting an actual fangs-and-cape vampire movie, you are going to be sorely disappointed. The English version title was surely an attempt to cash in on the vampire craze of the era, and it does disservice to what is a pretty entertaining movie. Nathan Decker, Million Monkey Theater
“It’s a talky, derivative Jekyll and Hyde knock-off that stars Alberto Lupo as a mad doctor who uses radiation treatments to treat scar tissue. His exposure to the radioactivity inevitably results in the man-to-monster transformation. Alas, dumb dialogue dominates and Lupo’s monster is all-too-rarely seen.” Monsters from the Vault
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