I did my top 20 horror and SF films last year, and found doing the lists to be more fun than expected, so in a massive bit of logic here’s my top 20 films adapted or inspired from comics. I need to point out I mean comics, not ‘superhero comics’ which is a lazy, and incorrect way to describe a wonderfully varied medium and it’d also cut out some bloody good films!
At number 15, it’s Danger:Diabolik.
Danger: Diabolik is European sixties sexiness and psychedelia. It’s enormous fun as John Philip Law stars as the international super-criminal Diabolik who steals for his girlfriend Eva, and they both drive wonderful old Jaguar’s and live in an underground base where we assume they count their spoils and shag like bunnies when Diabolik isn’t having sexy adventures.
Directed by the great Mario Bava, it’s beautiful film to look at with the men being rugged and European with sexy haircuts, and the women are so sexy that they make your testicles explode.
Yes, it’s camp, and Terry Thomas pops up to do a brilliant turn as a politician but mocking the film as many do miss the point that it’s fun. Unlike modern superhero films when ‘dark’ is supposed to be ‘adult’ to make sure it appeals to 40 year old manchildren who don’t want to admit they’re reading something meant for children, Danger: Diabolik glories in it’s juvenile roots. That’s why it’s fun. It knows what it is and it’s there to look great and give the audience a sexy adventure because a sexy adventure is more fun than someone in a superhero outfit looking gloomy with booming orchestral music in the background…
I will say one thing, if you are going to watch this search out the subtitled copy. The dubbed version is awful.
Next time, it’s a bit of the old superhero looking gloomy with booming orchestral music in the background…