The Devil’s Man (1967)

Guy Madison somehow found himself in two of the oddest Eurospy films — this one and LSD Flesh of the Devil — movies that have only a tenuous connection to spying and instead devolve into pure strangeness. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This movie is much closer to an American movie serial than a spy movie. But hey — whatever it takes to get people into the theater, right?

Known as Devilman Story in Italy, this was the first of three pictures that director Paolo Bianchini (he also made Superargo and the Faceless Giants, whose poster was recycled for this, as is much of the cast) directed for producer Gabriele Crisanti. This movie helped recover the costs of the Guido Malatesta directed I Predoni del Sahara, reusing some of the footage from that epic.

Madison plays Mike Harway, a journalist who is helping his friend Christine (Luisa Baratto, Bloody Pit of Horror) find her missing father Professor Baker. Luciano Pigozzi — yes, Pag from Yor Hunter from the Future — shows up, as does Diana Lorys, who was in The Awful Dr. Orlof and Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll.

They end up in Africa, where they meet Devilman, who dreams of the bran transplant that will make him perfect. That goal ends up being his downfall, as he crashes into a machine and dies. He totally had the best looking headquarters ever, all 60’s future and gleaming steel. Too bad his foolish dream of getting a new brain got in the way. I mean, it was a good plan. He was going to have the Professor do the surgery and use the guy’s daughter’s brain. You have to think that he went out doing what he loved.

Supposedly, Devilman is Giovanni Cianfriglia, or as we knew him in America Ken Wood, or as I know him, Superargo. That may or may not be true. As you can imagine, the only person that cares about the factual details of forgotten 1960’s Italian James Bond ripoffs is probably the one writing this right now. Me. That’s who.

 

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