Reptilicus (1962)

See a mighty city trampled to destruction! See missiles and atom bombs powerless! See civilization rioting with fear!

Reptilicus (1962) is a Danish-American giant monster film about a fictional prehistoric reptile. 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. 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.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.

 

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