Der Teufel kam aus Akasava (The Devil Came from Akasava) (1971)
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This average spy film from cult director Jesus Franco was loosely derived from the Edgar Wallace novel Akasava. Fred Williams stars as an Interpol agent undercover as Walter Forrester, nephew of the esteemed scientist Dr. Henry Forrester (Paul Muller). Beautiful actress Soledad Miranda, in her final screen appearance before her tragic death, co-stars as British Secret Service agent Jane Morgan, who goes undercover as a nightclub dancer. The two agents fall in love and join forces to search for the men who stole Dr. Forrester's discovery, a mineral which turns base metals into gold and has the power to turn people into zombies. The screenplay by Ladislas Fodor and Paul Andre is rather muddled, and the photography is full of the requisite soft-focus zooms typical of Franco's films, but Miranda is wonderful and Howard Vernon is effective as the sinister Humphrey. Franco himself appears as a bumbling agent. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi … More
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It seems there is a Jesus Franco cult following but the movie is basically what you would expect from an extremely low budget movie made in the early 70s. I really don't see anything special about it except for Soledad Miranda. It is too bad her life was cut short.
I guess this is what you would call "minor Franco." By that I mean: you'll like it if you're a die-hard Franco fan (like me) but if you don't like Franco (or, more likely, if you have no idea who he is) you won't like it at all. It's got Soledad in it (in a minor role, though) and some other good B-movie figures but the movie is not nearly as weird or exciting as the plot suggests. Oh well, it's still not too bad if you like the director.
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