I recently discovered Mort Todd’s terrific website Go Sadistik which is devoted to the diabolikal super-kriminal Sadistik (also known as Kriminal, Kilink and Killing). The site is well worth a look if you enjoy sexy sixties era pulp-style crime thrillers as much as I do.
I first read about the Sadistik / Kriminal / Kilink films in Pete Tombs’ great book Mondo Macabro : Weird & Wonderful Cinema Around the World back in 1998 but they seemed impossible to find then. Thankfully that has changed in recent years with companies like Onar Films making the Turkish Kilink movies easily available.
The history of Sadistik is long, complicated and incredibly convoluted, but at the Go Sadistik site Mort Todd does a good job of explaining how the character of Sadistik went from being an Italian comic book anti-hero inspired by Diabolik and created by Max Bunker (pen name for the Italian artist Luciano Secchi) to being the star of his own films in Europe and Turkey. Besides information about the history of Sadistik and the various films, you can find detailed profiles of all the actors involved in the movies there and some eye-popping galleries featuring amazing cover art from the original photo story magazines.
Mort Todd is currently publishing a wonderful bi-lingual Sadistik tribute magazine with co-editor Roberto Barreiro called Killing Time that is filled with lots of great articles and info. The first issue is currently available as a PDF file which you can download for free right from the site and it’s really a must read! You’ll also find free download sample pages from the classic Sadistik photo novels that Mort Todd is translating and publishing in association with Comicfix.
Comicfix and Mort Todd are also helping to promote Italian director SS-Sunda’s documentary about the history of Sadistik called Diabolikal Super-Kriminal which is currently in production. They’ve recently released a nice looking trailer for the upcoming film that you can watch below.
Besides the Go Sadistik website, Mort Todd and director SS-Sunda both have blogs which I also recommend visiting if you’re like me and can’t get enough of Sadistik: