Danger: Diabolik

“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 1968 crime films with Bava’s Danger: Diabolik.

We talk about the crazy tone the film gives off and how it feels so
much a part of its period while incredibly unique. We look at the
over-the-top nature of the performances and how they work in the film,
starting with John Phillip Law as the title character. We chat about
the phenomenal production design and lively camera work, and how well
the film works visually. We debate the quality of Ennio Morricone’s
music and wonder if we’ll ever get the theme song out of our heads. And
we wonder what other Bava films we need to see to really feel like we
get what he’s going for in his body of work.

It’s a fun film that at least one of us liked, and is a film that
feels like it’ll be an enjoyable one for repeat viewings. We have a
great time chatting about it so check it out then tune in! And join our
conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel’s Discord channel! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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