Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Overview

John Considine does a cut-rate Vincent Price impersonation as the flamboyant Dr. Death, a thousand-year-old magician who has mastered he art of transferring souls from one body to another and thereby manages to perpetuate himself by jumping from one body to the next which actually makes him more of a "Seeker of Bodies". Apparently the Doc is a kindred spirit to the Alien, since his blood is a highly-corrosive acid that can strip flesh from bone, thus ensuring his personal safety. This is "Z"-grade fare that plays...
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Overview

John Considine does a cut-rate Vincent Price impersonation as the flamboyant Dr. Death, a thousand-year-old magician who has mastered he art of transferring souls from one body to another and thereby manages to perpetuate himself by jumping from one body to the next which actually makes him more of a "Seeker of Bodies". Apparently the Doc is a kindred spirit to the Alien, since his blood is a highly-corrosive acid that can strip flesh from bone, thus ensuring his personal safety. This is "Z"-grade fare that plays somewhat like a Herschell Gordon Lewis film, but without enough silliness to keep things amusing. The only point of interest keeping this film in circulation mainly via late-night-cable is the presence of sad-looking former Stooge Moe Howard in his last role as a perverted old man.
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Star John Considine - TV Spot; ; Doctor Death Commands: An Interview with Star Considine; ; Remembering Eddie Saeta: An Interview with His Son, Steve Saeta
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Editorial Reviews

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This early-1970's horror quickie is memorably odd but not very good. The big culprit behind the film's problems is Sal Ponti's script, which suffers from a meandering plot, illogical character motivations and an overabundance of comic relief that dilutes the film's mood. Eddie Saeta's direction is competent but uninspired: the film looks nice (one of the cinematographers was Kent Wakeford, who also shot Mean Streets for Martin Scorcese) but it plods along without ever building momentum. In terms of acting, Barry Coe makes a rather dull and inexpressive leading man while most of the other players blend into the woodwork. The most interesting thing about the supporting cast is probably the appearance by Moe Howard of the Three Stooges in his final role. The only ace that Dr. Death: Seeker Of Souls has up its sleeve is John Considine's performance as the title character. He infuses his villainous role with a mixture of menacing charisma and sly wit that makes his character fun to watch. Sadly, his performance isn't enough to carry this curio and as a result Dr. Death: Seeker Of Souls is best left to genre completists.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • UPC: 891978002666
  • Original Release: 1972
  • Rating:

  • Source: Scorpion Records
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 45,237

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Considine Dr. Death
Moe Howard Volunteer
Sivi Aberg Venus
Leon Askin Thor
Robert Ball Old Wizard
Robert E. Ball Jr. Old Wizard
Eric Boles Man At Seance
Jim Boles Caretaker Franz
Barbara Boles Alice
Barry Coe Fred Saunders
Denise Denise Girl With Flat Tire
Pierre Gonneau Harry
Athena Lorde Spiritualist
Florence Marly Tana
Cheryl Miller Sandy
Jo Morrow Laura Saunders
Stewart Moss Greg Vaughn
Larry Rogers Young Man
Larry Vincent The Strangler
Leon Williams Man To Arrange Seance
Technical Credits
Eddie Saeta Director, Producer
Tom Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Ed Graves Art Director
Dick LaSalle Score Composer
Tony di Marco Editor
Emil Oster Cinematographer
Sal Ponti Screenwriter
Irby Smith Asst. Director
Kent Wakeford Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Doctor Death
1. Chapter 1 [5:39]
2. Chapter 2 [5:36]
3. Chapter 3 [6:28]
4. Chapter 4 [12:31]
5. Chapter 5 [8:18]
6. Chapter 6 [12:24]
7. Chapter 7 [7:30]
8. Chapter 8 [4:33]
9. Chapter 9 [8:43]
10. Chapter 10 [8:46]
11. Chapter 11 [7:02]
12. Chapter 12 [1:41]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Doctor Death
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Audio Commentary With John Considine & Scott Spiegel: On/Off
      Interview With John Considine
      Interview With Steve Saeta
      Introduction by Dr. Death & Scott Spiegel
      30 Sec. Television Spot
      Credits
      Cinerama Trailers
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