The Devil Came from Akasava
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Brace yourself for an exotic trip into terror and adventure with this groovy slice of decadent '70s drive-in delights from cult director Jess Franco (Venus in Furs, Succubus). Something's amiss in the forbidding land of Akasava, where Scotland Yard sends strapping Rex Forrester (Juliet of the Spirits' Fred Williams) to investigate a renowned professor's disappearance while searching for a miraculous but lethal stone. Along with luscious Jane Morgan (Vampyros Lesbos' Soledad Miranda), Rex uncovers a perilous den of murder, deceit, lust and magic that could claim his life! Sporting a catchy and oh-so-funky music score and macabre, cliffhanging action, this slinky and stylish Eurocult gem is a devilish offer you won't be able to refuse!
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Those who expect to see a horror movie or a sleazy sexploitation film are likely to be disappointed. This is more of a spy movie. If you take it for what it is it's not bad.
Jess Franco and zombies? Where do I sign up? Unfortunately, my enthusiasm was almost entirely unfounded, for the "Jess Franco" side of that equation is far, far more prominent than the "zombies" side.
The plot, if you're brave enough to call anything in a Jess Franco movie a plot: the Philosopher's Stone is uncovered. It has the fabled trait of turning metals into gold, but it also has the unfortunate side effect of killing those who handle it without protection. Needless to say, a whole lot of agencies, both legal and not-so-much, want to get their hands on it. One of those is MI6, who sends trained undercover operative Jane Morgan (Soledad Miranda of Vampyros Lesbos) to retrieve it. She hooks up with the nephew of the chap who discovered it, Rex (The Vengeance of Dr. Mabuse's Fred Williams), and they go looking. Unfortunately, many stand in their way...
Soledad Miranda, a gorgeous brunette who made a hefty name for herself in European softcore flicks in the sixties, is the best thing about this movie. Tragically, it was one of the last she worked on, as she was killed in a road accident not long after filming wrapped. The rest of the movie looks rather limp and unpolished around her. Far from being the zombie-fest most descriptions of the movie promise, The Devil Came from Akasava seems to have been Jess Franco's entry in the low-budget spy genre (think Danger! Diabolik or The Girl in Gold Boots), and if you like that kind of movie, you'll probably get a kick out of this. I was just happy I had Soledad Miranda to distract me from everything else. **
It is a German version of Modesty Blaise except instead of showcasing fashionable clothes at any available opportunity as it does in the original, it showcases the main character, Jane Morgan, a secret agent from Scotland Yard, in as few clothes as possible for really no apparent sensible reason, other than she is posing as a dancer from Jamaica whose dancing partner is a chair. The movie is filmed with very stylized shots that do not work and do nothing to propel the plot forward. Most of the time, you have no idea what is going on, who is the bad guy, who is shooting who, whose back-of-the-head are we looking at, etc. etc. In addition to not being able to follow the plot, there are too many holes in the story. For some strange reason, the bad guy shoots and kills Morgan's sidekick but doesn't take aim at Morgan who is lying asleep next to the guy. Maybe he likes her dancing? I don't know.
A film that tries to be very stylized but is really much about nothing. Don't waste time on this one.