View Full Version : Reptilicus

2009-06-28, 07:56 PM
Some movies just never get the fame and popularity they deserves. Reptilicus is one such movie.

Unique in the history of Danish cinema it is a monster movie, showing the destruction of a metropolis only rare seen in movies as well as an intriguingly different look at the giant monster. The acting is another feature, presenting unique and different reactions to the presence of an ancient monster tearing Copenhagen apart.

It also features such unique features as an American general who only speaks Danish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmurhZ0VE5I), a romance between two of the greatest stars of Danish cinema and even a musical number (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O03vX6toFbo&feature=channel_page).

A look at the stunned and intrigued reactions at imdb (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056405/) and the interesting information presented by wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reptilicus) will also show that it is an experience unlike anything you have ever seen.

2009-06-29, 04:07 AM
It sucks the original version has never been made available here.

And kudos to that bike team who went off the bridge...

2009-06-29, 04:15 AM
As I recall it, Reptilicus was both horrible and unintentionally funny. It may also be the least scary movie attempting to be scary I have seen:smallsmile:

Given the kind of films that were being made in Denmark at that time, I guess it's not really odd that it turned out the way it did - but why they would even attempt a monster movie is beyond me. Ultimately it becomes something like a cross between the popular musical comedies released by the dozen at the time and a bad monster B-movie. For this reason alone I guess it is quite unique in Danish film history.

And the musical number is just... extremely odd, and completely contrasts the kind of mood one would think they would try to achieve in a monster movie, by being almost painfully silly and jolly. No wonder they had to cut it for the American version.
And Dirch Passer in a monster movie does not really seem like the best choice - but I guess there was some kind of rule that he must be in every movie back then.

Still, entertaining in all the wrong ways..

2009-06-29, 06:21 PM
I am sure there was. Basically i just think they took all the things they always did in movies back at that time and tried fitting it into this one, whether it made sense or not. Mostly it didn't given that nostalgic nonsense about life in the countryside, cheery comedies giving propaganda for the military and little kids with plush elephants were the norm at the time.

Oh and just to be certain. I did not mean to say that i thought it is good. I know it is an atrocious movie, it was just more fun to write it in a serious fashion.

2009-06-30, 10:00 PM
And remember...the scenes of the titular monster flying were so bad they were cut from the finished film.

Think about it.

They were worse than what we see made the cut!

Oh sweet Youtube, you so rarely disappoint!


- Yulian

2009-06-30, 11:12 PM
They were only cut from the American release. They were in the Danish one, just like the musical number and the Janitor fooling around with electric eels.