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3.0 out of 5 stars Jess Franco's Comic Crime Caper, 9 Nov 2006
This review is from: The Devil Came From Akasava [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
Police agents, criminals & mad scientists search for a missing professor (now a zombie in Africa!) and thought to have discovered an ancient African alchemy stone with magic powers.

Akasava was made back-to-back in 1970 with Vampyros Lesbos & She Killed in Ecstasy - it has a similar great soundtrack & pop art look, similar stylish if erratic production values and the gang's all here: Ewe, Soledad, Vernon, Muller & of course Franco as his creepy self. This movie is not as good as the other two, it's not an "erotic horror" but Franco's attempt at a mainstream crime thriller with laughable sub-James Bond international "exotic" locations & an extended cast including lots of "proper" actors, presumably veterans of German TV drama. The amusingly convoluted plot purports to be an adaptation of an Edgar Wallace novel, though Wallace probably wouldn't have recognized the end result. Soledad Miranda plays a police agent working undercover as a prostitute in a London brothel and then as a striptease artiste in Africa...I somehow doubt that's in the novel.

Comedy crime caper was not Franco's strong point but personally I found Akasava vastly preferable to the earlier caper-movie Sadisterotica. As usual there are lots of striking scenes & clever touches alongside lapses of exasperating slipshod ineptness, but if you like Vampyros or Ecstasy you'll find plenty to enjoy here. Charismatic Soledad brings even the corniest scenes alive - and yes, in case you were wondering, she does spend most of the film in various states of undress. The DVD has a decent print and, thankfully, is in the original German with English subtitles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Soledad's Swansong., 7 Mar 2011
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This review is from: The Devil Came From Akasava [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
This film's basically about a rock with magical powers that a professor has mined from a jungle in Akasava, he and the rock mysteriously disappear and everyone and their dog wants to lay their hands on them, Scotland Yard, the Italian secret service, the local doctor and a philanthropist.
On the plus side, this film has some great 70s spy music that really sets the scene, the cover design on the DVD box is especially nice and any film with the dusky and alluring Soledad Miranda is worth 80 minutes of anyones time but on the negative side the story sometimes clunks from one scene to the next, some of the editing is astoundingly bad but hey, this is a Jess Franco film, not a James Cameron.
Strangely for Franco, the nudity is kept to a minimum with Soledad disrobing for a shower scene and a couple of others and Franco himself appears without his shirt looking like a Grateful Dead roadie.
So, all in all, it's not Franco at his best but it's along way from being his worst.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Franco, 5 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Devil Came From Akasava [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
"The Devil Came from Akasava" was made around the same time and with much of the same cast as "Vampyros Lesbos" and "She Killed in Ecstasy". It's not as psychedelic nor as good as either of those, but it's still a very watchable Franco film. Soledad Miranda is good as usual and the underrated Ewa Strömberg also does a very good job.

Those who expect to see a horror movie or a sleazy secploitation 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.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ho Hum, 7 Feb 2014
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A pretty cheesy horror flick from the late 1970s which is great for a drunken night in with a bunch of mates and a takeaway but wont leave much of an impression on you
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