|Copyright 1962 American International Pictures
| Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'
- Brigadier General Grayson - Gruff American officer assigned to locate and destroy Reptilicus.
- Professor Martin - Scientist in charge of studying the remains, advocate of destroying the beast after it eats his buddy.
- Doctor Dolby - Martin's buddy, narcoleptic who ends up monster chow. (Danish flavor!)
- Captain Brandt - Military liaison to Grayson, saves the day by getting mashed under several tons of prehistoric snake.
- Lisa and Karen - Martin's daughters, I have a feeling they weren't allowed to date much during high schoo1.
- Mrs. Miller - Female scientist.
- Peterson - Autistic Neanderthal dressed in overalls, where did they get this guy?
- Reptilicus - The most dangerous two hundred feet of rubber snake which ever menaced a small country in Europe.
|So you wanted to know about the meanest thing to ever come out of Denmark huh? Well here it is, two hundred feet of slime spitting, farmer eating, and model building wrecking snake. Which isn't really the main attraction for the first half hour, that would be Peterson. Who in the heck dropped him down the steps as a baby? Not only does he wander around (Apparently in a quest to discover fire.) the guy decides to view his lunch under a microscope (Never a good idea with active microbes and all.) and also decides to "play" with the electric eel. Okay, enough on him, there's a huge snake puppet to talk about. Seems that copper miners found the remains of a monster which had been frozen for millions of years in arctic permafrost. Nevermind that it appears to be rural Georgia during spring where they are mining, nor that the ground is soft and obviously not frozen, it's millions of years old. A length of the tail is carted back to Copenhagen, where a newspaper reporter coins the name during a press conference. (Hehehe!) During studies the freezing room door is left open, rather than decomposing the tail section begins to rapidly regenerate in a whole creature! One stormy night it fully awakens and breaks free, that's when General Grayson is called in to find and destroy the beast. As usual tanks and bombs are no match for latex, the creature rampages through the city. You seriously have to see the HORRID special effects when Reptilicus spits "acid slime" at people, it's a wave of colorized green stuff washing over the entire movie frame. Lucky for the military Professor Martin's daughters mix up a special batch of tranquilizer to incapacitate the creature, leaving it helpless for disposal. The horrid beast is fantastically amusing, it's mouth barely moves and most of the effects are easily recreated with a two dollar rubber snake from the toy store filmed in slow motion.|
|Things I Learned From This Movie:|| |
- High above the arctic circle it's always springtime.
- Fossils bleed.
- European girls don't get enough lovin'.
- Flesh frozen at negative twenty degrees is supple and easy to cut.
- Deli food is full of water fleas.
- Danish lounge singers shouldn't croon in English.
- Depth charges cause heart attacks.
- When there is a people chomping sea monster on the loose stay off the beach.
- Special effects have come a long way since 1962.
- Giant monsters are always attracted to Japanese architecture, even in Europe they will find and destroy a pagoda.
- Generals are crack shots with a bazooka.
- 3 mins - Spring! It's spring in the artic!
- 6 mins - What do you mean it makes sense?
- 8 mins - Guess they haven't invented those "DO NOT TAP ON THE GLASS" signs.
- 13 mins - What are you anyway, a retarded caveman?
- 26 mins - What in the heck? Mom! Moron is playing with the electric eel! Now he woke up the monster!
- 29 mins - Suddenly I want to visit Copenhagen... ...must visit... ...Copenhagen...
- 41 mins - There it is, behind those models! (Hehehe!)
- 58 mins - What sort of cheap special effect was that?
- 74 mins - Oh, this scene again.
| ||Audio clips in wav format||SOUNDS||Starving actors speak out|| |
||Grayson: "Somewhere in the forbidding tundra mountains of Lapland, high above the arctic circle, a group of mining engineers were prospecting for copper. But what they unearthed was a story, a story that was to terrorize the whole world."
||A Danish lounge singer. Arrrgghhh!
||Mrs. Miller: "If Reptilicus should be hit you'll never find all the pieces under water. He can regenerate Mark!"
||Sven: "They report they can't use the flamethrowers, can't get close because of the acid slime." |
Grayson: "All right, we'll take other measures."
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|The movie's fantastic special effects really come into their own here. Reptilicus wisely doesn't aim at the troops, he sprays his acid slime all over the film.
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Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by brad
my favorite quote from the movie, when the general (or whatever he is) tells some lacky soldier they'll have to shoot the tranquilizer into the monsters mouth... the soldier flips out and says (in disbelief):
"you'll have to fire point blank - AT VERY CLOSE RANGE!"
personally, i would have fired point black from far far back, but that's just me.
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Georgiann
Sigh...some groan-worthy special effects in this one, and then there are the INCREDIBLY bombastic, stiff speeches of that all-American guy, Brigadier General Mark Grayson(!), who has to be told about 15 times that he can't blow the monster into little pieces because each piece will regenerate into an entire creature. So why do I feel compelled to tune in everytime this thing is shown on television? It's a mystery, but there you are.
Reply #19. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Hugh
I say this movie years ago. I had to turn it off then...being young I was easily embarrassed by the ABSOLUTLEY PATHETIC 'special effects', but had forgotten the Danish singer! This ranks (easily) with 'Killer Shrews' and 'The Giant Claw' as the most God-awful amazingly bad movies ever made. At least 'Plan 9' has an explanation (cross-dressing director and Hollywood try-hards at the fringe) and the Troma movies are on-purpose bad. This...I mean, what were they trying to do?
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Lance Manion
A classic bad film. I saw this on cable late night a few years ago. How could I ever forgrt the green acidic slime of reptilicus. Thank god there wasn't a REPTILICUS II OR REPTILICUS vs. RODAN.
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Megaloman
This has always been one of my favorite monster movies since I was a kid. I still love it for what it is, and am not ashamed to admit it.
I have seen parts of the Swedish version- including the flying scenes (not any worse than the rest of the movie) and the hilarious song "Tillicus" sung by the comedy relief janitor (he was a big comic star in Sweden at the time).
A fun fun movie, far better than any cgi crap out these days.
Reply #22. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Countess Zarina Suspiriorum
Run for your life, a killer hand puppet is attacking Denmark! Well, it sure LOOKS like a hand puppet! This is one of my fave movies, perfect for a Saturday afternoon but seriously, how did producer Sidney Pick think anyone would be scared by it? I mean if Reptilicus ever met The Giant Claw there would be strings tangled all over the place!
The actors are all Danish but spoke their lines in English phonetically (something doen in Italian films all the time) but evidentally their English was so bad it was dubbed anyway. Robert Cornthwaite, best remembered as Dr. Carrington from THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD (1951), does the voice of Dr. Martens.
The best scene by far (and there are several of them) shows Langro Bridge and a terrified bridge guard raising the drawbridge causing several people to fall nto the river.
Those were not stuntmen by the way. See how they are all on bicycles? Sid Pink paid a Danish bike racing team a hefty fee if they would ride their bikes off the bridge!
The effects cannot compare with any Godzilla film, heck they cannot compare with an "Ultraman" episode, but somehow this is still a fun movie and I love my video print.
Now, does anyone else know the lyrics to "Tivoli Nights"?
Come on, I know one of you does!
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by NOICECOOL
I was watching that movie with my friends and we couldn't stop laughing. It was too terrible to turn off! The a professor having a midnight snack, two lonely european girls, the model buildings, and the newspaper guy asking: "Professor what is regeneration"? I love the tongue, and the legs on his neck. The best part was the farmer guy getting eaten! It looked like one of those pictures from a JC Penny catalogue!!! :-)
I think these are the writers for the new movie "Gigli"
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by kaijuman
This was the first 'kaiju' type film I ever saw in the movie theatre when I was a kid. (around 1976) and for some reason, maybe becasue I was only 7 years old, it really creeped me out! Especially that scene with the hand comming out of the tank.
Today I watch it with a sence of nostalga. Sure, it's a bad film... but a GREAT bad film... and it will always have a special place on my video shelf.
So... when do we see Reptilicus 2? After all... that arm is still down there.... somewhere....
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