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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.

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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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Swamprat
I don't understand it. These are the same people who gave the world LEGO... You'd think they could make a decent monster flick wouldn't you? Remember the TV series Green Acres? There was an episode where there was nothing on TV but this movie. It drove Eddie Albert insane. I didn't think a monster could get more rubber necked than that one flying three headed Tokyo stomper who got his ass kicked by Godzilla. How could I be so wrong? This thing looked like a bad marranotte being handled by a very bad puppeteer. I kept waiting for its snout to get caught in it's own armpit or stuck in something worse. The effects, like the acid spraying, can't really be called special effects. The model buildings and structures are worse than the Japanese  efforts. The British made one of these Godzilla ripoffs called GORGO which proved that round eyed idiots could do it at least AS well as the Japanese did. I guess Scandinavians should stick to building ugly but safe automobles and raising world class hot tub bikini teams. I would think that with their Viking heritage these guys would have designed one helluva serpent type monster...Reptilicus stands on a par with the Giant Crab Monsters and that pitifull "monster" that finally made a brief appearance at the end of the DUNWICH HORROR. The techs back at Toho Studios must still be snickering their asses off over this one. Avoid this snot licker.
Reply #26. Posted on December 07, 2001, 05:51:01 PM by Efrem Sepulveda
Outstandingly bad movie that I showed my new wife last night!!  I went to Blockbuster to rent this schlock along with Life is Beautiful (for her) to balance out things.  I had a wonderful time with her last night watching a wonderfully bad film.  Tell me folks, does that lady on beach putting lipstick on before she got slimed look like Geena Davis?
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by The Unfortunate Dane
Actually... this movie is... not bad. Not very bad. Not very boring. It is INEXORABLY HORRIBLE AND MORE BORING THAN GODZILLA. But you have to admire their courage. I wonder what the hell went on in that "think-tank" of theirs.

Instructor: "Okay, the americans have already done the James Bond movies, and we were late with our copies. Now the Japanese are doing 'Godzilla', and the americans haven't got a foothold yet. This is it!"

Producer I: "A godzilla in Copenhagen? Wait! How about the Little Mermaid gets toxin all over her body and comes to life? People woulld love that!"

Instructor: "Too small."

Producer II: "You are forgetting ONE thing. This isn't the US, this is Denmark... everything is minor over here!"

Instructor: "Sit down!"

Producer I: "Hey! Hey, hey! How about a massive dino? Like this Japs's... copy it like we are used to?"

Instructor: "I'm listening..."

Producer I: "Yes! Somebody finds a dead dino, takes it to Copenhagen, and it starts making trouble!"

Producer II: "Why would they take it to Copenhagen?"

Instructor: "Let him speak! Go on..."

Producer II: "How does it come to life?"

Instructor: "Shut up!"

Producer I: "We'll figure all that out later... now, in those movies we need special effects, but... there is no such thing in Europe."

Instructor: "How about drawings on film? That would look cool?"

Producer II: "Drawings? That's stupid!"

Instructor: "You're fired!"

Thus did they make Retilicus. Reptilicus? How the hell did they come up with that lame name?

Instructor: "We gotta find a name... Godzilla? No. Mermaidus? Hm? What's the english word for Firben?

Producer I: "Reptile!"

Producer II: "Reptilus?"

Producer I: "How about Riptilla!?"

Instructor: "I got it! I got it! Reptilicus!"


Instructor: "What?"

And so they shot the movie, the green snot, the bad acting, the bad lounge singer... and... made a hell alot of money!
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Max
It's been 30-years since I saw it. My feeling then was that it was simply the worst movie ever made and nothing since has changed my mind. The 'point blank' line quoted above is my favorite of all time. And I love the shameless Chamber of Commerce travelogue of Copenhagen midway through. Challengers come and go - Reptillicus is still the champ!
Reply #29. Posted on May 24, 2002, 04:44:51 PM by MadMex
This movie is the all-time greatest Cheese-fest!  I had to buy it for my bad movie collection. seemed so much more sophisticated when I saw it at age 6.
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by joe rad
just taped this off the sci-fi channel. i couldn't find my other copy. a great movie! love petersen! the general's personality is great too. he's so freaking stressed!i'm trying to find other movies available with carl ottosen. does he act that way in other flicks?
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Joey Fergueson
I like it as a classic movie but the animation needs improvement.  I like Reptilicus's roar ; it reminds me of my favorite Godzilla classics! I think the best thing about the movie is that it has a particularly awesome story line.  The snake-like appearance of Reptilicus will please any reptile enthusiast!  I think Reptilicus is a well-made B movie
Reply #32. Posted on September 23, 2002, 06:26:25 PM by
I like the scene where the people of Copenhagen were panicking.  Did any of these people put powder?
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