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Reptilicus (1963)


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Release Date: Jan 20, 1963 Limited



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The tail of a dinosaur is excavated from the frozen tundra in Lapland and shipped to the Danish Aquarium in Copenhagen for safekeeping in this hilarious sci-fi mess. Someone turns off the refrigeration, alas, and the tail thaws. Regeneration sets in with alarming dispatch and soon the serpent-like monster, named "Reptilicus" by the learned paleontologist in charge, is devouring a paper mache Copenhagen. Written in Hollywood by Danish-American Ib Melchior (the son of Wagnerian opera star Lauritz

Aug 28, 2001

American International Pictures

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Hysterically bad

August 14, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Reptilicus

A bad Godzilla copy cat from Europe, if you think this movie might be fun anyway, you're wrong, it's boring and stupid and very poorly made. I wouldn't recommend it, and I'm mad that I actually rented it from Hollywood Video.
November 23, 2010

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I first remember seeing this at a drive-in theatre when I was a small child...or rather hearing it, because it scared me to death,so I was hiding behind the seat while my parents enjoyed (?) the film. That's a sign of what an utter chicken I was, because this thing isn't even CLOSE to scary. Made in Denmark, it's a giant monster film on the order of The Thing or Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, and not as good as the worst parts of either of those films. Bad in pretty much every way you can conjure, with some particularly awful comic relief by a janitor character. There is a travelogue tour of Copenhagen that almost held my attention for a couple of minutes. Bad enough to be fun to watch with a bunch of witty sarcastic friends, but painful to watch alone.
May 14, 2010

Super Reviewer

Nearly terrible, if not for its sheer uniqueness as one of (make that the only) Danish monster movie. Covering all of the required B-Move formulas, with the added bonus of giving New York and Tokyo a rest in favor of exotic (and hilariously modeled) Copenhagen.

The final icing on the cake is the absurdly pupeteered Reptilicus, which dangles on marionette strings and has a non-existent body almost always hidden by a convenient grove of trees.

The American version removes a hilariously bad flying sequence, but fear not, it adds a laughable "special effect" of neon projectile goo.
December 22, 2008

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