Monster of the Day #80

“Tivoli Night! Oh, what a sight! All of Copenhagen is danc-ing!
Laughter and light! Come hold me tight! This is a place for romanc-ing!”

  • BeckoningChasm

    Quick, ma! Help me get my animated self out of storage, we’ll be needing it!

  • Not-So-Great Cthulhu

    Ah, yes… the only monster I can think of that had a serious phlegm problem.

  • Only in the American version! In the original, he didn’t spit poison, but could fly. This was thought to look too silly even for Reptilicus by the American distributors, so they cut those clips out and then animated in the spit to give him a Godzilla-like range weapon.

  • Ericb

    Fly ?! With those tiny wings? I mean, yeah, the way Rodan flew didn’t really makes sense (he flew like a jet rather than a bat or a bird) but at least his wings looked big enough to carry his weight.

  • David Fullam

    Never got why the flying scenes were cut. You can see them on You Tube and they are in no way worse than the other effects. In fact, I think they were actually better than most of the stuff they left in.

  • The Rev.

    Ah, Reptilicus. I wondered when he’d show up. I always kind of liked his design (except those goofy wings), but man his movie sure is bad. My favorite part’s that useless bridge operator who lets people fall into the drink and just turns away to bawl, instead of doing something useful. Thanks for the help, chief!

    “You can see them on You Tube…”

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand off to YouTube I go.

  • P Stroud

    Just thinking about this movie makes me want to tour Copenhagen….. in a Huey gunship! Instead of “Flight of the Valkyries” there’d be “Copenghagen Nights” on the speakers though.

    “I love the smell of burning Petersens in the morning.”

  • Rock Baker

    I went back and watched this again recently. I was sort of amazed. Even by my generally forgiving standards, this movie was terrible! Good thing it was terrible in the fun sense, to say nothing of insane.

    As one of the very few European giant monsters, Reptilicus acts something of a teasing taste of what things might’ve been like had the Italians or the Germans got onto the giant monster bandwagon. I often wish they had taken Japan’s lead.

  • BeckoningChasm

    This was thought to look too silly even for Reptilicus by the American distributors

    AIP, if I recall. Which answers the question, “Was there ever a film that embarrassed even James Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff?”

  • Tork_110

    That’s not a picture of the janitor.