Release year: 1961
Director: Poul Bang
Screenwriter: Sidney W. Pink, Ib Melchoir
Starring: Bent Mejding, Asbjørn Andersen, Povl Wøldike, Ann Smyrner, Mimi Heinrich, Dirch Passer, Bodil Miller, Carl Ottosen
Copper miner Svend (Bent Mejding) and his co-workers discover parts of a frozen prehistoric reptile and contact Prof. Otto Martens (Asbjørn Andersen). At the laboratory the scientists discover that the reptile regenerate and soon the situation is out of control.
This Danish-American monster movie is the first ever monster movie made in Denmark, made hot on the trail of the popularity of monster movies at the time. Filming took place in Denmark and shows some of the signature buildings of the capital Copenhagen (both in real life version as well as in miniature version) with the monster attacking cows and farmers with checkered shirts and scarfs instead of the usual skyscraper and taxis. The influence of American monster movies of the 1950s is evident and adds entertainment to a poorly acted movie, where the cast takes turns on trying to keep a straight face. Unfortunately, the success of Danish comedian Dirch Passer (Summer in Tyrol, 1964) means he is casted in a support part where they unwisely have decided to throw in his signature comedy style and even an ill-fitting song, which completely clashes with the rest of the movie’s style. Considering the fact that Passer was sorry he never got a chance to play serious parts, it is a particular pity he wasn’t allowed to play his part straight here. The monster works well at times, at others… well less so, but there shall be no doubt that the movie has entertainment value!
Several versions were filmed, the original film was filmed using the native Danish language and the second was filmed using the English language. Each version of the film featured the same actors with the exception of Bodil Miller who was replaced by actress Marlies Behrens since the Danish actress could not speak English. However the English version of the film was heavily edited and the actors voices dubbed over by American International Pictures for its release in the United States.
Picture copyrights: NF Films