Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Doctor Death: Seeker of Souls

Director: Eddie Saeta

Cast: Eddie Saeta, Robert Ball, Barry Coe, Moe Howard

     
 
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

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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/26/2010
UPC:
0891978002666
Original Release:
1972
Rating:
NR
Source:
Scorpion Records
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:30:00

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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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Ball Old Wizard
Barry Coe Fred Saunders
Moe Howard Volunteer
John Considine Dr. Death
Cheryl Miller Sandy
Stewart Moss Greg Vaughn
Leon Askin Thor
Jo Morrow Laura Saunders
Florence Marly Tana
Sivi Aberg Venus
Jim Boles Caretaker Franz
Athena Lorde Spiritualist
Denise Denise Girl With Flat Tire
Eric Boles Man At Seance
Leon Williams Man To Arrange Seance
Larry Vincent The Strangler
Barbara Boles Alice
Pierre Gonneau Harry
Larry Rogers Young Man

Technical Credits
Eddie Saeta Director,Producer
Thomas 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

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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