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In psychedelic swinging 60s style, the dreaded thief (and killer) Diabolik wreaks havoc on a generic European country for his own financial gain and amusement. He shares an extravagant underground lair (and a giant bed of money) with his curvaceous, superficial girlfriend...who uses her awesome powers of wig-wearing to help Diabolik kill innocent people and steal billions from the government. Nonetheless, Diabolik is the "hero" of the film because he must face off against bumbling cops and revenge-seeking mafiosos. Written by
Michael "Rabbit" Hutchison <firstname.lastname@example.org>
When Diabolik steals the lorry the driver runs after it. Diabolik then drives it quite a distance before he jumps off. After the lorry runs off the road the driver stops to look at the accident. Then Diabolik and Eva drive past the lorry driver without him having noticed that Diabolik had run back to the car. See more »
[as he and the bad guy freefall from a plane that has suddenly exploded]
I almost forgot. When I stumbled, I attached a magnetic capsule to your plane.
Who cares? Pull the cord!
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Simply put, one of the coolest and most entertaining movies I've seen
I'm a big fan of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" and the Best Brains
staff, but I'll admit they made a huge mistake by including this film
for their program. Sure, "Danger: Diabolik" is campy, excessive, and
very much a product of its time. However, it fully realizes all these
things and shows absolutely no shame. Its pure style over substance,
but when the style is this entertaining, who cares? "Danger: Diabolik"
is one of the coolest and funnest cult flicks ever made. "Barbarella"
seems to be the more well remembered of the two, but when it comes to
60s European comic book adaptations, this has it beat all the way
(alright, the opening credits for "Barbarella" were better, but thats
about it). "Danger: Diabolik" shows a natural respect for the source
material, and definitely resembles a quickly paced comic book more than
What probably makes this film so good is the fact the director is Mario
Bava. Bava, best know for his 60s Gothic horror masterpieces such as
"Black Sunday" and "The Whip & the Body", shows absolutely no
difficulties when crossing over to the action genre. His direction and
set pieces are just as astonishingly atmospheric as usual, and his
action sequences are very exciting. He manages to keep everything
moving at an absolutely breakneck pace. His camera-work is superb also,
and for once his overuse of zoom lenses doesn't feel all that
While this is Bava's show all the way, it isn't to discredit the rest
of the crew. The casting in particular is perfect. For once, John
Philip Law's wooden acting style suits the material well. He is the
ultimate cartoon anti-hero. The film is effective in the way that while
Diabolik's actions are reprehensible when you think about it, you end
up rooting for him because hes so cool and the rest of the characters
so incompetent in their departments. Its the same case with the
beautiful Marisa Mell. Shes not a great actress, but makes for a very
sexy and charismatic anti-heroine. The supporting performances are all
hilariously overwrought, in particular Terry-Thomas' small role. I
can't forget to mention the score by Ennio Morrecone, probably the best
he did for a non-Leone flick. "Danger: Diabolik" is gloriously campy
fun thats aged better than you may think. (10/10)
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