L' Uomo puma (The Puma Man) (1980)
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Some writer saw Changeman high on crack.
The answer to the question "What happens when a Bond villain (Donald Pleasence) hits rock bottom?", "Puma Man" is an Italian produced English language movie about an American paleontologist who discovers that he descends from gods in outer space, and thus he is graced with powers of a puma, (you know, like flight) that he is able to harness via a magical belt given to him by his Aztec priest buddy who looks like a cross between Anton Chigurh in "No Country For Old Men" and Jaws from the Bond movies. All done to a smooth 70s synth soundtrack, Puma Man and his sidekick (who does all of the work) fight crime like Brock Landers and Chest Rockwell in "Boogie Nights" and they must work together to stop the evil Dr. Kobras, who dresses like if The Gimp from "Pulp Fiction" was running SPECTRE, from using his magic Aztec mask to control the minds of world leaders and set up his own new world order. Properly riffed on MST3K, the only loser here is the laws of physics, which take a beating like they talked back to Ike Turner. The unintentional comedy you get when they show Puma Man teleport or fly, which he does so almost in a standing position like someone about to fall off of a balance beam, is well worth watching this technological school bus fire of a movie.
Puma Man is barely more than a showcase of terrible special effects. Costume design and theme music for the Puma Man made by the director's "special" niece. All things considered, he must be so proud of her.
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