Reptilicus (1963)




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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 Melchior) and produced in Denmark by Saga Films and American Sid Pink Productions, Reptilicus contains filmdom's perhaps least convincing monster and some of the worst performances imaginable from a hard-working Danish stock company. Carl Ottosen stars as the American General Grayson, angrily shouting his every line for unexplained reasons. Ottosen's wooden performance is second only to that of Bodil Miller, a former Universal starlet who appears here for no apparent reason other than to accompany Ottosen's general on a pleasant night out at the Tivoli amusement park. (A low point of the film is pop star Birthe Wilke's rendition of a ditty, "Tivoli Nights", to a visibly dazed audience.) The monster, meanwhile, fights his battles in what appears to be a child's model train landscape while hundreds of extras do their utmost to look sufficiently frightened. Considering that Reptilicus himself is never in the same frame as any humans, what causes the good citizens of Copenhagen to flee in such panic must be the strange sight of Carl Ottosen brandishing a bazooka while barking orders at the fashionably gowned Miller. Reptilicus was such a financial bomb that employees at the Danish production company, Saga Films, were prohibited from speaking the name for several years. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi
NR (adult situations/language, violence)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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American International Pictures

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Asbjoern Andersen
as Prof. Martens
Marla Behrens
as Connie Miller
Mimi Heinrich
as Karen Martens
Bent Mejding
as Svend Viltofft
Carl Ottosen
as Mark Grayson
Ann Smyrner
as Lise Martens
Dirch Passer
as Dirk Mikkelsen
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Critic Reviews for Reptilicus

All Critics (8)

Awkward dubbing of foreign actors, special effects that look like they cost a buck fifty, laughably earnest dialogue, wince-inducing comic relief from a dim-witted character -- if ever a film was made that deserved to be showcased on MST3K, it's this one.

Full Review… | June 16, 2015
Creative Loafing

Hysterically bad

August 14, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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February 25, 2007
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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November 18, 2004
Reeling Reviews

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Full Review… | January 10, 2003
Nick's Flick Picks

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January 5, 2003

Audience Reviews for Reptilicus

Bland and slow, but the monster is fun and the film is rather quirky. The characters are so-so, and the editing is a bit off. Nothing really interesting, but it's a watchable monster movie.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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.

Aj V
Aj V

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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.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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