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« on: December 10, 2006, 12:55:09 PM »

I'm a danish lover of a good bad movie, and i was amazed and overjoyed to see Reptilicus on the list here. Even with a good review!!!

As a dane, i have som additional info on this flick, that might interest you, if you've seen it.

First of all, there are actually 2 different versions of this movie. One with danish language, and one with english.

They where shot at the same time, first doing one scene in danish, then in english.

The people that where to buy if for the international market, thought the "danglish" sounding english in the movie, was so horrible, that they did a dubbing of it (apparently they still thought the movie was good enough to buy!?)

Here is a quote from the review:
"Peterson - Autistic Neanderthal dressed in overalls, where did they get this guy? "

Ill tell you where!!! He's probably the greatest danish comedian that ever lived. He is a legend in Denmark. Even tho he was mostly unfunny in Reptilicus, he was an extremely talented comedian, that seriously everyone in Denmark knows and loves.

Most of the cast in Reptilicus, where extremely popular at the time, so it's not a B movie in that sense at all. This was simply the best acting Denmark had to offer at that time!

Also, the green slime over the film, is NOT featured in the english version.

The worst part about the english version is, that some of the best worst clips where cut out!!!

Someone was kind enough to post my favourite scene on youtube. The song is about how reptilicus ("tilicus!") is so dangerous that he could scare even a dead herring.

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I can post a full translation if someone is interested. I hope people here have seen and enjoyed this gem. It's the danish movie i take most pride in, and i'm really happy that it's featured on this exellent site!
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« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2006, 02:35:09 PM »

Oh. My. God.  Buggedout

I have a real soft spot for Reptilicus and Dirch Passer. I saw it a zillion times as a kid and love it to this day, despite all the cheesiness.

I heard that in the Danish version, the monster actually flew. Is that true?
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« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2006, 02:57:19 PM »

Yes!!! Completely true, that. It was cut out, because, unbeliavable as it may sound, it looked even less convincing than the rest of the special effects.

To be precise, there are 3 things of interest that were cut out.

1: The brilliant singing number that i linked to on youtube

2: Flying sequence

3: A romance between 2 of the characteres was also cut out for some reason


It's such a shame that the singing number was cut out. It was the part that did it for me.

The absurdity of this movie can only really be grasped if you are danish. The only movies that had been produced in Denmark up till then, where either very artistic (Carl TH. Dreyer, and there where few of those) or comedies or dramas that took place on a farm, that always had a happy ending. How this movie suddenly came to be, is such a mystery. Some producer in Denmark apparently saw godzilla or something, and wanted to do something similar.

Also, the other music act, in Tivoli (one of Denmarks biggest tourist attractions) is completely out of context, and is probably only there to enhance danish tourism!

To this date, it is the only monster film produced in Denmark EVER!

I'm glad people are having fun with it outside Denmark!
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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006, 08:22:22 AM »

*watches youtube clip*

Wow... the cheesiness factor just went up about three points on that film... but yeah, I kind of like Reptilicus in spite of the monster FX, which are really my only complaint with the film. I;d heard about the cut flying scene and I'm not sure if I want to ever see such fottage or leave it to my imagination as to what it may have looked like....

I think I'd like to see Reptilicus go up against Varan the Unbelievable :P
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2006, 12:47:15 PM »

I finally signed up to this board. I've been checking out badmovies.org for ages, but i had no idea that the messageboard was this active.

And theres a really positive vibe here, that i really like.

About not seeing something, to destroy your inner vision of it, i can really relate to that.

I recently bought Robocop 1-3. It was the first scary movie i saw, so my memory of it, was very intense. When i saw it again, i could suddenly see all its flaws, and it was different from how i remembered it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2006, 12:58:24 PM »

Welcome aboard Viktorcrayon.

I have wanted to see the alternate version of "Reptilicus" for a long time, but have not made too much of an effort to find a copy.  Heck, I was quite happy when MGM released the DVD and it was a great quality version compared to the VHS I had been watching.

You know, this would be a good film for a treatment like "Invasion of the Animal People" and "Terror in the Midnight Sun" was given.  You could have a DVD of "Reptilicus" with a version on each side. 

I had heard that Peterson was a very funny and accomplished comedian.  Unfortunately, it does not come out at all in this film.  The effect would be the same as having Bill Crosby in "Deanzilla," if you can imagine that.

We are lucky in having a great bunch who post here.  Also, the amount of knowledge on this board is staggering.  Whether you want to know about westerns, classic science fiction, or splatter films - we often find out that someone has an answer.

Look out for Menard though, he is a sneaky one.
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« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2006, 01:42:57 PM »

Welcome aboard Viktorcrayon.

Brilliant. Thank you!

I frequent another messageboard, (www.xltronic.com/mb) and the vibe there, is completely different. It's about electronic music, but people there are mostly b***hing or sarcastic.

This seems much more welcoming!


I have to admit, that I'm extremely suprised how well known this movie is. But i suppose i'm posting in the right forum   Cheers

It's not difficult to obtain the danish version here, but it's doesnt have any subtitles  Thumbdown.

It's not extremely expensive tho. 100DK (15 dollars or something)


The Peterson character, Dirch Passer, WAS an extremely talented comedian. He had Andy Kaufmann glimpses of brilliance, brilliant physical comedy,and some weird combination of being both very loud, and very subtle. I seriously doubt you could find any danish person that does not like him.

He's unfunny in Reptilicus, because he was more or less forced into the project, because every movie that had him in it, people would see.

He died on stage in 1980.

Also, Reptilicus was completely hated by every reviewer at that time. At the place that produced the movie, if anyone as much as mentioned it, they had to buy beers for the rest of the crew (a rule that applied for several years after!!!).

It was apparently much better recieved in the USA, and had succes in Drive ins.
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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2006, 02:28:38 PM »

One more thing. The same dude was kind enough to post the flying scene!!!

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2006, 06:01:15 PM »

Wow. Buggedout

I never thought that I would ever see that.

Thanks for the link. Thumbup
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« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2006, 08:46:04 PM »

By the way Viktorcrayon, your English is excellent.  From my experience, they do a fantastic job of teaching second languages to children in Europe.  By and large, the United States is screwing the pooch with second language proficiency.

Hey, anyone else want to learn Esperanto?  (Great idea, but it never caught on.)
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« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2006, 09:17:22 PM »

Thank you Viktorcrayon, Reptillicus has always been a favorite of mine, I just watched all the youtube videos, now I have this sudden urge to watch the whole movie. The new information about the movie will add a lot to my enjoyment, thanks again.
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« Reply #11 on: December 12, 2006, 06:04:28 AM »

By the way Viktorcrayon, your English is excellent.  From my experience, they do a fantastic job of teaching second languages to children in Europe.  By and large, the United States is screwing the pooch with second language proficiency.

Thats because you don't NEED to learn anything else, i suppose. Danish, as you can probably tell from those clips, is an extremely difficult and obscure language. We are only 5 million people. If you did not know anything else, it would be difficult to cope in the world.

I've had english tuition since 3'rd grade, but I can really only thank movies, computer games and the internet for my english.


It has been my pleasure to write about this stuff.

I love that movie!
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2006, 08:09:24 AM »

Part of the fondness for Reptilicus in the US probably springs from clips of it being used as the go to "monster movie on the TV" in the background in lots of movies and TV shows here.

Andrew's right, second language education does get mostly short shrift here in the US. But many school systems only require it as part of an "advanced" or"academic" high school diploma program for graduation, and offer few choices in languages. Spanish has increasing usefulness here (trying to avoid opening big can of worms on that one) and French lessons for young children is often a joking stereotype of young middle class/social climbing parents who enroll their kids in lots of activities. My cousin took Latin to help prep him for his pre-med school plans. He said it helped a little but calls it a waste now. During his residencies, he deals with lots of accident victims and patients who don't speak English, and he says that another living language would serve him much better, preferably Spanish.

Andrew if you learn Esperanto, you could make complete sense of the William Shatner classic Incubus, but that not much of a reason to learn it at this point. I used to love to read Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat books, where Esperanto was the default universal language of humans across the various worlds they lived on, he often included an afterword about the language with contact info for Esperanto societies. The idea seems almost quaint now.
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« Reply #13 on: December 12, 2006, 09:57:05 PM »

The thing that made me laugh out loud re. the flying scene was the fact that the anti-aircraft gun is set up right beside the statue of The Little Mermaid!!
In Copenhagen harbour!!  NOT a military area at all, to put it mildly --
The only possible reason for this would be to get The Little Mermaid in the film, because it is so quintessetially Danish!!!
I mean, damn!  What if a spent shell were to have ejected and . . . decapitated her!!!
Victorkrayon will tell you that is a beyond-silly set choice --
peter dumbfounded/denny WTF?
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« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2006, 05:56:25 AM »


Victorkrayon will tell you that is a beyond-silly set choice --


It's so true. It's hilarious!!! The little mermaid, i might add, is probably the most overrated tourist attraction in the history of time. It's just a small little statue, near water. 100m away, theres this really cool fountain, with a woman in a chariot thats lead by bulls, thats mostly ignored.

In fact, i thought about this, theres nothing much to see in Denmark, if you want attractions.
Denmark is all about cycling down to the docks on a summer day and drinking beer all day, and checking out girls.

But anyway, the whole movie seems to do that. Show of really "danish" things. Pretty girls, Little Mermaid, Tivoli. They should have made some shots of someone playing with Lego, then it would have been perfect.

Also, one of the key scenes are on "Rådhuspladsen" wich is also one of the most central places in Copenhagen.

It's really a tourist movie/godzilla clone .
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