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Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)

Caltiki il mostro immortale (original title)
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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(as Robert Hamton), (uncredited)

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(as Philip Just)
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Cast overview:
John Merivale ...
Prof. John Fielding
Didi Sullivan ...
Ellen Fielding
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Max Gunther (as Gerard Haerter)
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Prof. Rodríguez's Assistant (as G.R. Stuart)
Vittorio André ...
Prof. Rodríguez (as Victor Andrée)
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Bob (as Daniel Vargas)
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Nieto (as Arthur Dominick)
Nerio Bernardi ...
Police Inspector (as Black Bernard)
Rex Wood
Gail Pearl ...
Indian Dancer (as Gay Pearl)
Daniela Rocca ...
Linda
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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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None Can Stop It! Nothing Can Kill It! The Ever Growing Thing! See more »


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20 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Trivia

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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Featured in From Quatermass to Caltiki (2017) See more »

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Great "B" monster movie slime! For 8 year olds of all ages!
23 October 1999 | by (Elk Grove, California, USA) – See all my reviews

"Caltiki", the story of a carnivorous micro-organism in the Mexican jungle grown to terrifying proportions by the radiation of a once-in-every-seventy-millenia comet, enjoys the same sort of on-the-surface "B" movie innocent schlockiness and underlying dark edginess mix which graced legendary Roger Corman's monster and sci fi work in the late fifties. The monster is a product of nature, however, and probably would not have been a problem to modern civilization, but true to the 1950s paradigm of idiot scientists not knowing when to leave well enough alone, a team of doltish researchers actually recover a bit of the slithery beast to play around with. Of course, the scientists discover that the monster considers laboratory induced radiation just as good as the natural kind. The results, as one may imagine, are not good (but are plenty entertaining for us!)

A scene in which a deranged victim of the monster is devoured outright is delightfully disgusting (the monster SLOWLY overwhelms its victim--pulsating and digesting--and then recedes to reveal a denuded skull). The low budget effect equals even the high tech grislyness of Chuck Russel's recent "The Blob". Not at all bad. I saw it when I was eight and it gave me nightmares for years!


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