Yilmayan Seytan (1972)

Yılmaz Atadeniz made eighty films or more between 1963 and 1997, amongst them Spy Smasher, several of the Kilink movies, Super Salami and Special Squad Shoots on Sight, which is all about a hypnotist cop forced to work with the mob.

Welcome to Turkey, people.

Thanks to Stomp Tokyo, I have learned that this is a Turkish remake of the 1940 Republic serial The Mysterious Doctor Satan, a movie that nobody was asking for. Well guess what? I, for one, am glad this got made.

Our hero Tekin is investigating some murders when his adopted father — well, he doesn’t know the adjective just yet — tells him that his real father was The Copperhead, who was killed by Doctor Satan, making this seem like a Silver Age update. Moments after this happens, Satan’s henchman kills the secretary and Tekin’s once adoptive, now deceased father. He had two dads, Doctor Satan, and you killed them both!

This may be easier said than done, because the evil physcian has perhaps the most ridiculous man-crushing robot ever made in his employ.

Remember how it was a big deal when the reissue of Shriek of the Mutilated put Hot Butter’s “Popcorn” back in once the song was cleared for music rights? Turkish directors have no idea what that means, so that song is all over this movie, as it rightly should be. I doubt they paid Henry Mancini for “The Pink Panther” theme either.

The star of this movie, Kunt Tulgar, said that Doctor Satan’s robot was supposed to be human until the skin on his arm would be ripped off in a fight scene, revealing machine parts 12 years before The Terminator and a year before Westworld. That said, they didn’t have the money for that and decided to go with a cardboard suit.

Mondo Macabro released this on a double DVD with Tarkan vs. the Vikings. So if you see a strange man prowling your used video store seeking Turkish reisues, say hello. That’s me.

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