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Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)
"Caltiki - il mostro immortale" (original title)

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Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth -... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
John Merivale ...
Dr. John Fielding
Didi Perego ...
Ellen Fielding (as Didi Sullivan)
Gérard Herter ...
Max Gunther
Daniela Rocca ...
Linda
Vittorio André ...
Prof. Rodríguez (as Victor André)
Daniele Vargas ...
Bob
Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ...
Prof. Rodríguez's Assistant
Nerio Bernardi ...
Police Inspector (as Black Bernard)
Arturo Dominici ...
Nieto
Gail Pearl ...
Indian Dancer (as Gay Pearl)
Tom Felleghy ...
Astronomer (uncredited)
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Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth - the same comet passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. Coincidence? Written by James Barrett <jbarrett@sbastk.ess.sunysb.edu>

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Riccardo Freda would later claim that he abandoned this project so that Mario Bava, who he knew could be a good director, would have a chance to direct. See more »

Goofs

The diver is shown walking ankle-deep into and out of the sacrificial pool several feet away from its "shore", but when he submerges he's suddenly in very deep water with no sign of a shallow underwater shelf upon which he could walk. See more »

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Policeman: [Caltiki has spread inside and outside the house. Monstruous dark blobs are everywhere. Rescuers arrive and shoot them] The garden is filled with monsters!
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Referenced in The Brainiac [TV] (1962) See more »

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Remarkably well-photographed little Italian monster flick
9 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Amusing, cheap Italian imitation of "the Blob" (along the same lines as the British "X: The Unknown", this film exchanges heroic teenagers for the more usual scientists). Involves scientists who have dug too deeply into the mysteries of "Caltiki" and awakened the giant jelly after his centuries-long snooze. The lead scientist is so smart he leaves a chunk of Caltiki on a table near his kitchen.

Poor direction, hilariously impossible dialogue in the best 50s American style. The photography is noticeably better in quality from the rest of the film, so I wasn't too surprised to see genre pro Bava's name attached (looks like he may have directed some of the more fast and furious climax scenes, too).

All in all, a fun entry in the 50s horror cycle that holds up to the better American camp films of the same period.


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