Monday, July 22, 2013

REPTILICUS / American International Pictures - 1961

It's Monster Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. It's also time for us to redo this flick from a previous post we did way back in 2008. Eegah!! and I saw this one at the theater in 1961 and thought it was fairly kitsch. We also saw ANGRY RED PLANET and JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET at the time too, two other movies produced by Sidney Pink. This story's about the tail of a prehistoric reptile that's discovered in Denmark, it regenerates into an entire reptile that then proceeds to destroy buildings, scare people, eat livestock and it even spits deadly green acid!! I had and read the paperback novel that came out before the movie did, it actually had sex in it!..

Eegah!! sent over a soundclip with two musical segments from the movie, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there by the pink rubber dragon, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... REPTILICUS!

A field worker in Denmark digs this piece of flesh out of the drill bit they're using. Okay, bring in the scientists.

The tail's taken to the science institute where they keep it frozen to preserve it. And, it must be kept exactly at this temperature, got it?!!

Doofus provides the comic relief, here, he sticks his finger in a tank of electric eels! I love his attire. Speaking of attire, I just rewatched DAUGHTER OF DR. JEKYLL over the weekend, John Agar's striped jacket totally ruined that movie for me again, it's so goddamn ridiculous looking. I mean, seriously, WTF!!

Here's Birthe Wilke belting out "Trivoli Nights" for the audience at this popular Copenhagen nightclub, as heard in the soundclip...

This absent minded professor's at the science institute on a stormy night. After Reptilicus breaks out and destroys the building that night, all they find is his glasses on the floor! This shot reminds me of working on my comic art late at night, when I used to do that.

At certain angles and distances, Reptilicus looks pretty cool!

This effect where Reptilicus eats a farmer is so crude that I'm not even sure how they did it!

They bring in the flame throwing tanks to see if Reptilicus can take the heat! You can see it spitting green acid at the soldiers.

Then they drop depth charges on its ass when it tries to recover underwater from the burns, and, blow off one of its legs. At the end of the movie, they show this leg regenerating into another monster, a leg with an eyeball!!

Just a a few laffs before these two doomed beach goers get covered in corrosive green slime!.. Why in the Hell would anyone in their right mind go to the beach when they knew Reptilicus was hiding there?

Susan and Mary Test are brought in to come up with a chemical formula of doom for the almost unstoppable monster.

They load it into a bazooka shell and General Grayson fires it into the throat of Reptilicus, bringing its reign of terror to an end.. But, don't forget about the leg under the sea!


Grant said...

No monster movie site is really complete without REPTILICUS! So thank you for posting this.

Exeter said...

I'd better drag out VHS tape # 184,
where I could also watch, "The Return of Dr. X" !!

Grant said...

REPTILICUS might not be a deliberate comedy, but there are SOME moments like that besides the scenes with Dirch Passer. The look the girl on the beach gives into her compact is a real comedienne sort of look. (It goes by so quickly in the movie itself that you don't really catch it, so it's nice to have that still.)

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