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Reptilicus (1961)

Passed  -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  20 February 1961 (Denmark)
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After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.


(as Sidney Pink)


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Credited cast:
Bent Mejding ...
Svend Viltorft
Asbjørn Andersen ...
Prof. Otto Martens (as Asbjorn Andersen)
Povl Wøldike ...
Dr. Peter Dalby (as Poul Wildaker)
Ann Smyrner ...
Lise Martens
Mimi Heinrich ...
Karen Martens
Marlies Behrens ...
Connie Miller (American version) (as Marla Behrens)
Carl Ottosen ...
Gen. Mark Grayson
Ole Wisborg ...
Capt. Einer Brandt
Birthe Wilke ...
Herself - nightclub singer
Mogens Brandt ...
Police Chief Hassing
Kjeld Petersen ...
Police Officer Olsen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jens Due ...
Mai Reimers ...


A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark. It regenerates into the entire reptile, which proceeds to destroy buildings and property and generally make a nuisance of itself. It can fly, swim, and walk, and has impenetrable scales, which makes it difficult to kill. Written by Paul White <>

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Although it was shot in Denmark, producer Sidney W. Pink had the dialog spoken in English. When the finished film was turned over to American International, Pink was informed that the dialog would be re-looped. AIP head Samuel Z. Arkoff felt that what he called the "sing-song Scandinavian accents" would have U.S. audiences laughing. Pink objected and threatened to file suit. After Pink had other industry professionals view his version of the film, the lawsuit was dropped and AIP released the film in an edited and re-dubbed version. See more »


Towards the end of the film, before Grayson fires the rocket launcher, there is a shot where you can see right through the pipeline of the launcher, indicating that it is not loaded. See more »


Lise Martens: [to General Grayson] If Reptilicus is hit, you'll never find all the pieces underwater. He'll regenerate, Mark!
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9 August 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I think that there should be a different grading chart for low budget films. To automatically make fun of the production value is unfair. The makers of such films are well aware of the limitations of their vision due to budgetary constraints. While a movie like Reptilicus may not be a ten it is a hell of a lot better than Anaconda. Ib says he substituted imagination for dollars.

And this is how it should be viewed. A great task of suspending belief is what the audience is required to do. Set the sophistication of our current media consumption aside and enjoy a campy horror/sci-fi/adveture/whatever film that was probably meant to be a fun time at the drive-in that worked double duty at putting the kids to sleep before the picture everyone went to actually see begins.

Reptilicus is certainly more watchable for this reason alone than many simliar in the genere that had a much larger budget.

That being said, Reptilicus, still, is not a classic.

Check out Ib's other movies. Deathrace 2000 you might actually fall in love with.

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