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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 #33. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Xbalanque
I think a few things areworth noting.
1. Even though lizards can regenerate tails, this stupid dragon thing has the regenerative capabilities of a sea star
2. Did they actually use a paper cut out of a guy when Reptilicus ate some dude?
3. Despite the fact that its a dragon with four legs and a pair of wings, the creature never flies anywhere and its forlegs are continually tucked into its chest while it rears up making stupid noises.
4. Is it just me, or did the acid it was shooting look like neon silly string?
5. Its been a while since I seen this...Did the so-called heroes and swooning women ever actually leave that laboratory/warroom?
Reply #34. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by John
A cool flick for it's or any other day. And yes, not only did it play a role in the "Green Acres" TV episode, but has also made inumerable cameos in other shows/movies (including the old "Monkees" TV show)! I like the slime and the people falling off the bridge and into the river with Reptilicus subsequently shown dunking for apples!
Reply #35. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mark Spangler
Hmmmmm... a big monster eating buildings that don't have things like " ##7^@*&)(%&*$^@ " printed on them.  

Hey, wait a minute!  This ain't Tokyo!  Folks in Denmark have those big varmits too!  

This flick is pretty bad and (judge me if you may), the name Repticillus sounds vaguely sexual, and the head and neck of this monster looks like an evil penis.  Of course, it just could be the bad shrimp I had before screening the video talking to me.

I have a theory.  I think people only post these things to read them and never read anyone elses.  Is this true?  

E-mail me a reply and tell me if this is true.  And keep in mind that I have written a number of reviews here that I think are pretty good, so look for them.  They're real.

I'll read yours if you read mine.

In conclusion, the poor special effects regarding the monster left me a little cold.  Two kernals out of a possible five for this upper European dinosaur.
Reply #36. Posted on May 20, 2003, 05:34:07 AM by The Danes
We are a couple of danes, who just want to say: THIS MOVIE ROCKS. It actually had an award for being the worst movie ever made. But the caveman in overalls is actually one of the greatest actors in danish movie history. He used to play in comedies... and is actually quite good for danish standards
Reply #37. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Swamprat
Danish Standards?...Geeze...I'm really sorry guys, really sorry. I've read several things about him since finding this sight...I'd love to see him in something "Good"...I don't doubt for a moment that he was talented. A lot of great actors did some trully rancid roles over the years. Ever see Lawence Olivier play General Douglas Macarthur? PAINFUL! John Wayne as Ghengis Khan? Wallace Beery as Pancho Villa? Tyrone Power as Jessie James? Joan Crawford in Trog? Maybe if all these actors had had rubber snakes to play off of, these rancid movies would have at least been amusing. Great word...RANCID...well suited to many a film these days. At least back in the heyday of the Bs no one expected much and movies like Reptilicus was just cheap fun for everybody envolved. Today we have to shell out big bucks to see some huge star bulls**tting his way through some overhyped piece of "Blockbuster" summer crap. I find little movies like Reptilicus much more enjoyable...all these years later and people still talk about it. I know many, including myself who would go and pay top dollar to see many of these funky little B numbers on the big screen again. We don't have revival houses around here...but I think one would do fairly well. In my earlier comment on this film I remarked "Avoid this snot licker." That was just a figure of speech. It's a truley bad film, and like any truly bad's a hoot to watch and to use to drag other unsuspecting victims into the pit of bad movie mania with. Go Denmark! Watch out for them snakes though...
Reply #38. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Nene Murakami
In the scene where Reptilicus attacks a beach, I saw a store that sold perfume.  What brand of perfumes do Danish people put so I can buy one myself.  I also put powder like Johnson's baby powder and I want to know if the people there  put that as well.
Reply #39. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Launcelot Rolaids
Why don't they show this movie on television anymore?  I notice that there is a lot of similarity between this and the Aqua video "Cartoon Heroes".  Clue:  they are both from Denmark.
Reply #40. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by stick
last year I took a class i which we were supposed to watch Reptilicus. I still don't know why...

anyways, our teacher told us that all the scenes with reptilicus in them looked really good while filming and in editing, but at the grand opening, everything looked as hilarious as we think it is. Actually, the producers sneaked out during the movie because of embarrassment...
great movie though. I laughed so hard  that i nearly threw up when i saw the flying scene...
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