Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with...
One of the great comic book movies of all time from director Mario Bava.
One of the great comic book movies of all time from director Mario Bava.
Was a 98, now a 100
The only movie to convince you it's the sole feature-film in existence while you watch it. Beamed from another world, slick and smooth. One of my very favorites.
Mario fucking Bava. A horror master also turns out to be a natural for escapist adventure, splashing color onto an already inventive canvas of airplane trap-doors, rotating beds, and castle robberies. Euphoric in every frame, driven by the power of love and its sweaty echo chamber of sensuality, but built primarily out of unattainable bravado. Not many movies (ie: none) just stop dead in their tracks to showcase a vehicle elevator/make-out session/psychedelic light show sequence, but when this one does, it's so invigorating that I thought I had actually died and gone to a cinematic utopia, one melded out of cool-ass gadgetry and the WOW image of making love with your girl as millions of dollars are scattered across…
"All I can tell you is that it will be...sensational."
Deep deep down.
A surefire contender for the greatest non-manga comic book movie made by human hands, Danger: Diabolik is everything I've ever wanted a 60s spy flick to be - groovy, sexy, and fucking ridiculous, with silly death traps and sillier evil schemes plays 100% seriously. Almost feels like a James Bond movie from the villain's perspective, or a 60s Batman episode where Batman turned on the corrupt city and transformed the Batcave into his personal bank vault. John Phillip Law is the super criminal I never knew I needed in my life. God bless Mario Bava, and god bless Danger: Diabolik.
"Ahh, we'll put it right in here. Good. This laser gun can melt anything...except you honey."
Is this the greatest comic book movie or just the best? From the first time I saw it being lampooned on the series finale of Mystery Science Theater 3000, this movie has held a complex and cherished place in my heart. Danger: Diabolik is at the confluence of many disparate aspects of cinema that I grow to appreciate more and more each year. The team of writers, artists, producers, and musicians behind the film have all left a nearly indelible mark on film history, and it's my go-to obscure cult favorite. But one can't properly contextualize Danger: Diabolik without bringing up the far more…
You see, there's this real cool cat by the name of Diabolik, who's like super cool and groovy. He rips off the establishment and the bourgeoisie, dig! Then the pigs man; they come down heavy and really start to harsh his mellow, so he uses these gadgets and really starts to fuck with their ch'i. Then some real bad dudes, they try to trap him but this cat's too fast for them baby!
Anyway freaks, the movie looks real far out, has some real groovy sounds and if you're into The Avengers, In Like Flint, Modesty Blaise or Batman you'll dig this Euro-Caper!
Danger: Diabolik! Mega groovy wonder movie!
“Don’t come near, honey. Molten gold wouldn’t suit your skin.”
Creating a movie from a comic book has obviously become a huge way to make money at the box office these days, but back in the late 60s, it seemed a bit riskier. Dino de Laurentiis wanted to make a film out of the incredibly popular Italian comic “Diabolik”, but the first try was bad and not worth finishing. It took a bit for people to really connect with the vision. So he dumped it and started again. Luckily, his second go-around – this time with director Mario Bava – worked. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our series celebrating 50th anniversaries of…
The only thing I knew about this project walking into it is that Ennio Morricone's score was pretty crazy. I think that helped me when I started watching it, because the whole film is pretty crazy. It's a wacky comic book world about basically a supervillain with a secret lair who sets up elaborate schemes to steal things. And he's our protagonist. It's absurd in all the right ways. I had a lot of fun watching this and feel that my enjoyment could certainly grow as I watch it in subsequent viewings.
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Danger: Diabolik is a weird film about a master criminal and his female partner who are making fools of the local law enforcement. It’s as if someone took a James Bond film, but made the villain the star of the film, and then took the tone over-the-top to emulate the Batman TV series. It is an utterly ridiculous movie, and unless you are laughing and having fun with this hyper-stylized late-60s vibe it’s going to drive you crazy, like it did for me. The annoying tone was one problem but I could have gotten over that (or even laughed at it like an Austin Powers movie) if everything else worked, but nothing else works. For one thing there isn’t anyone…
There's a moment in this where I thought to myself, "alright, we've had a great boat sequence and plane sequence, just give me an awesome train sequence in this incredible style and I'll walk the straight and narrow the rest of my life" and then it actually happened!!
The live Morricone Youth score at Fantastic Fest took this one over the top. Fun as hell. Bava pulls out some beautiful visual tricks here and there too.
You kids and your Bava. Beautiful Italian trash. Fun music.
I watched the first 45 minutes with Italian audio and subtitles but then I switched to the English dub and I had a lot more fun!
The best part is in the shower scene when at first it's Eva but then it pans over to Diabolik in an identical glass shower stall (??) on the other side of the grand stairway (????) in his supervillian party mansion (???????) with a frosted glass square just barely concealing his junk.
I like that as far as we see they've got a pretty good relationship, too.
A surreal psychedelic stew that has everything in the swinging 60s chopped, diced, and pureed and tossed into the simmering cinema pot. The comic book based Diabolik is a master thief that steals money and jewels and seems to do it just for the 'turn-on' of the adventure. He and his euro-model girlfriend appear to relish in the fetish of felonious hijinks. (there is a rotating bed that later appears in Bava's 5 DOLLS ON AN AUTUMN NIGHT). In the meantime, he is hunted by a frustrated police inspector.
It's campy with pop art sets, groovy music supplied by Ennio Morricone, mod clothes, and a whacked out James Bond sensibility (there is even an appearance by Adolfo Celi who played…
September Horror Scavenger Hunt ‘18
8. On September 8, 1971 A Bay of Blood was released. We will be watching a Mario Bava movie to celebrate this release!
I don’t think I can adequately explain just how much I love this movie but I’ll try. This is not only a fantastic bunch of hilariously over the top spy kitsch, but as any true MSTie knows, is the finale episode of the original series of MST3K.
The true weight and gravitas of Mike and The Bots arriving on Earth again and willfully deciding to watch bad movies together again? Well, that’s just something my heart can barely describe the joy and beauty of, and the depth of its meaning for me…