In the 1960's and 70's Turkey produced lots of ultra-cheesy action films centered on a variety of themes. These two represent two prevalent themes, "The Deathless Devil," featuring the then-popular Turkish star Kunt Tulgar, is a superhero versus supervillain fantasy tale complete with ludicrous robot, while Tarkan was a very popular comic book hero adapted to a series of films in the "Conan the Barbarian" vein.
"Tarkan vs. the Vikings" is in Turkish with subtitles (as is "The Deathless Devil") and features hilarious ritual drum playing, great costumes, and the world's most unusual haircut. It is a typical swords and sandals epic (imagine Steve Reeves in Turkey) complete with fur-lined shields and helmets with horns. The plot revolves around Tarkan's vengeance on the Vikings for the killing of his beloved dog, Kurt, and a subplot about romance with Attila the Hun's daughter.
During the course of the film, Tarkan deals with a well of snakes and fights an exceptionally ridiculous octopus (think of Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood's awful "Bride of The Monster") while fomenting rebellion and jailbreaks, committing general mayhem (complete with horrid decapitation special effects after totally bogus swordplay), and starting a food fight for women's liberation with the miniskirted Viking women at a trampoline party. (Confused?) This may be the only film in history to feature a fight between a dog and an octopus. What else could you want in a movie?
"The Deathless Devil" features the evil Dr. Satan versus Tekin, who is "The Copperhead," a superhero who fights off evil wherever it lurks. I am especially fond of Tekin's mask, which looks mostly like a Mexican wrestler. The film also features Bitik, the comic relief idiot, who enters to strains of the theme from "The Pink Panther" (I'm sure they paid for the rights to the Mancini classic.) There is a kidnapping in a bright red tanker truck (which seems like a high profile vehicle for such an endeavor) and a final fight with the lamest robot I have ever seen, and, yes, I have seen "Robot Monster." Throughout all this not even his closest friends can figure out that Tekin and "The Copperhead" are one and the same, much like "Batman."
These movies are extraordinarily cheesy, but fun to watch. Many of these films were made in Turkey, but most are long gone, and many have had all copies destroyed. I gave the DVD four stars mostly for the historical value of the material, but also due to the brainless fun of watching films of this genre. There is an additional documentary on the Turkish film industry that is brief but quite well done and captivating.