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Not Rated
Copyright 1962 American International Pictures
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • 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.

Buy It!

The Plot: 

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.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 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 formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note reptilicus1.wav 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."
Green Music Note reptilicus2.wav A Danish lounge singer. Arrrgghhh!
Green Music Note reptilicus3.wav Mrs. Miller: "If Reptilicus should be hit you'll never find all the pieces under water. He can regenerate Mark!"
Green Music Note reptilicus4.wav 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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Video Clipreptilicus1.mpg - 2.2m
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 #9. Posted on February 24, 2000, 03:22:14 PM by chris koenig
You people who have reviewed this classic make me sick! This film is a GOOD FILM and gets an A+ in my book. Let a real film critic like me show you how this is done! This contains some very productive special effects (NetFrog Alpha can go straight to hell if he thinks these special effects are bad), good photography, and some okay (I said okay) English dubbing. In short a great Danish version of Godzilla. Also, American distributor American International Pictures (AIP for short) edited out the sequence where Reptilicus flies in the air (so that explains why the monster has wings, but he never uses them). AIP also edited out the original soundtrack, added new special effects sequences, and directed new footage. If you are reading this, believe my review and skip these poor saps reviews. You will not regret it.
Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mick Pedersen
This movie is the baddest movie in Danish movie history! However, it is VERY important to notice that Dirch Passer, the man who played "Petersen" in the movie, is something special. READ THIS SERIOUSLY: Dirch Passer was Denmark's most important comedian from 1950-1980 (he died on the teather while acting, only 54 years old). Dirch Passer was in almost every danish movie in the 50's and 60's, and the reason for that is quite simple: The man was so popular that the danish film companies thought that a film wouldn't sell if Dirch Passer was not in the movie, and that is why his contribution in "Reptilicus" seems out of sync. I know that for people in the USA, the man seems so silly, and in this movie he really IS silly because his humor dosn't fit in. But if you're from Denmark you are seeing it from a different point of view. In Denmark he was as funny for us as George Burns was for USA. Dirch Passer was Denmark's funniest man, belive it or not!  
Reply #11. Posted on April 04, 2000, 09:08:44 PM by patrick
this was a bad movie
favorite parts include:
1-monster eating cardboard cutout
2-the slime
3-the same scene where he comes into view, time after time
4-the speed of the bazooka bullet
5-Bert, no! squash!
Reply #12. Posted on April 11, 2000, 09:29:05 AM by

This movie absolutely rules!!  This movie should be included in the definition of "bad movie".  The acting is an atrocity ("Bones?...fossil bones!"), the effects downright comedic(reptilicus swallows cardboard cutout), and the characters unforgettable (everything peterson does).  I love it!  Vote: Peterson for everything!!
Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Jakob Stegelmann
Movie? What do you mean movie?
This is fact, it really happened. Everyone who grew up in Copenhagen in the sixties - like I did  - knew of Reptilicus, including the song, cut from US prints, and we still shiver with fear when we think of that one claw out in the sea....
In case it grows into Reptilicus 2, we need all the help we can get, cause Mark Grayson and most of the others are dead by please be prepared

Reply #14. Posted on July 21, 2000, 01:57:17 AM by Nigel
This was the first REALLY bad film I ever saw! I work in the tv production studio at my school and do stop-motion ect. I like it 'cause I know I could make a film lasting 3 minutes that is better than this. 5 stars!
Reply #15. Posted on September 05, 2000, 04:41:21 AM by Søren
A note about the Petersen-character: he is played by Dirch Passer, the greatest danish comedian in the mid-twentieth century, uncritically wasting his talent in films like this.
Reply #16. Posted on September 11, 2000, 02:41:05 AM by Click Mort
   The makers of Reptilicus could have taken the easy way out and made the monster, say, a sock-puppet. They chose instead to spend time, effort, and no doubt a sizable amount of money on a marionnette. Or whatever the hell that is. They should be commended for this.
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