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In the first 15 minutes there is more visual imagination at work than most films of its ilk made today. Bava uses close-ups for establishing shots (a la Sergio Leone), unusual perspective shots and snap zooms. The veteran filmmaker elevates the standard premise that was so in vogue in the `60s with impressive sets, cutting edge fashion (for its time), cool cars, hot babes, high-tech gadgets and a hep, swinging `60s Euro-lounge soundtrack mixed with jazzy spy music by Ennio Morricone. Bava understood that film was predominantly a visual medium and he tells the story with a minimal use of dialogue (Diabolik rarely speaks), instead propelling the narrative largely through eye-catching imagery.
Danger: Diabolik seems refreshingly inventive today and has aged surprisingly well despite the `60s fashion and décor. You have to admire a film that has the balls to have an anti-hero as its protagonist who has no problem killing cops that get in his way, stealing from a wealthy elderly couple and living a decadent lifestyle. Bava's film fulfills all of the requirements of its genre-exciting car chases, sword fights and so on-and does so with a style and panache that is missing from today's movies.
There is an audio commentary by actor John Phillip Law and Bava biographer Tim Lucas. Law recounts some of his experiences making the movie (including working with his lovely co-star Marisa Mell) with a great, deep resonating voice reminiscent of Robert Evans.Read more ›
So for my birthday just a few days ago, my wife surprised me with a copy of "Danger: Diabolik!" on DVD. We were amazed at how many stunning scenes were excised from the MST3K version: Valmont gunning the snitch doctor for example, and most especially Diabolik and Eva detonating all those tax and debtor's buildings! That scene presaged the finale of "Fight Club" by thirty-two years! WOW! Tyler Durden IS Diabolik!
Let us not forget the peek-a-boo His and Hers shower scenes! This coy presentation of lethal sexuality puts that horrific Brad Pitt/Angelina Jolie vehicle "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" to shame!
Savory DVD bonuses include: The Beastie Boys' video "Body Movin'" - inspired visually by "Diabolik!" There is also a featurette tracking the development of "Diabolik!" from comic book to feature film. It features interviews with comic book illustrator Steve Bisette, Beastie Boy Adam "Ad-Rock" Yauch, and "Diabolik!" star John Phillip Law.
Many people in the U.S. are put off by Diabolik's amorality. This from the country that produces everything from the bone-headed Rambo and the monstrous Terminator to that repulsive vigilante "hero," the Punisher.Read more ›
Director Mario Bava only used up $500,000 of Dino De Laurentiis' budget making the film. Superman and Batman fight crime while Diabolik is an outlaw. John Phillip Law plays a flesh and blood version of Diabolik. Marisa Mell plays Eva Kant and Michel Piccoli plays Inspector Ginko. Terry Thomas also plays a stereotypical, European politician. Adolfo Celi(Thunderball) plays Valmont, a nasty crime boss. The funniest scene is where Diabolik unleashes laughing gas at a press conference! Diabolik was referenced in CQ(2002) and the Beastie Boys music video 'Body Movin'. It was also the last film shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000(1989-1999). Director Mario Bava gives a "comic book" feel to the film. A mob lackey stands in front of a bookshelf. The bookshelf looks like comic strip panels. Ennio Morricone's energetic, avant-garde, 1960's psychedelic music score still sounds awesome! The theme song Deep Deep Down sung by "Christie" is cool, but it's hard to find on LP's or CD's or any medium. Diabolik is still worthy of a PG-13 rating. There's drug use and mild violence. Diabolik and Eva takes showers and the nudity is barely covered up. Diabolik is a 20th Century Jesse James with Batman and Austin Powers style gadgets and sports cars. Diabolik is one of the best movies based on a comic book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like comic book adaptations and this one does not disappoint! Well worth watching.Published 15 months ago by Jeopardy'Aspect Major
Great movie, so cheesy but it has a great feel. I'm pretty sure I got it mostly because of Ennio Morricone's score. Deep Deeeepp Downnnnnnnnn.Published 22 months ago by Benjamin Gordon
love the movie and funny to see how those days technology was not that advance like these days but we still loved watching itPublished on February 28, 2014 by Fita J. Massoud
One of those movies that's so bad its good. Worth watching with a group of friends just to make fun of it.Published on January 3, 2014 by Kevin Newton
Excellent Euro adventure from the late 1960s based on an Italian comic book. Directed and photographed by Mario Bava and it shows. Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Celia Trimboli
If you like jags, killer mid-cent sets and pre-batman campy as hell spaghetti bond movies, its for you. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by kindshuh
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