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After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed - only one statue withstood the fire mysteriously undamaged. Suddenly Grove is lying dead on the ground - killed by the statue? Pimm finds out that the cursed statue has been created by Rabbi Loew in 16th century and will withstand every human attempt to destroy it. Pimm decides to use it to his own advantage... Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
Director Herbert J. Leder purposely wanted the film to have the style of the Hammer Studio horror films that were popular during the 60's. He directed the camera work and audio effects to have the characteristics of a Hammer film. See more »
Several characters identify the writing etched into the side of the golem as Hebrew, yet when Pimm makes a graphite rubbing of it, the images seen on the paper are Egyptian hieroglyphics. See more »
Star Roddy McDowall is credited as Roddy 'MacDowall' in the opening credits. See more »
The original Golem movie from 1920 is an absolute classic. The whole idea and its execution easily satisfy any fan of monster movies. "It!" or "Curse of the Golem" is not a re-make, but it uses the central monster idea. In this version, this is a monster that can be awakened and then can be controlled by its awakener. Before awakening, it's a large scary stone statue. Its shoes are like those of Frankenstein. Its face reminds me of the Munch painting "The Scream", but much worse, all creased up with holes for eyes. It wears this medieval robe something like the original Golem wore. This monster is indestructible to fire, but its legend makes it more and more indestructible as the centuries pass. It's this monster and its mayhem that help make "It!" a movie we monster fans want to see.
But there is more to this movie. Mostly it's about "Pimm", played so well by Roddy McDowall. He plays it straight, but Pimm is a very weird guy. He keeps the corpse of his mother at home in a rocking chair, just like in "Psycho". It's at that point that we have to understand that this movie has the sixties (60s) vibes through and through. Movies went mad in the 60s, I mean there are lots of wild spoofs, mixed up comedies, psychedelic outings, superhero spy stories, and so on. This movie is not 100% like that, but every so often it is. When the British army detonates a "small" nuclear device in a futile attempt to destroy the Golem, the sequence comes off as either inept or just plain goofy.
There are other goofy goings-on. Logical development at some points is thrown to the wind. There is no serious police investigation although bodies pile up. Meanwhile, we can't figure out the wacko Pimm just because he is wacko. One minute he's serious and worried, the next he's destroying a bridge to score with pretty Jill Haworth. I don't know who else but Roddy could have played this part so well. He's sympathetic while being innocently malevolent. I think he understood Pimm in order to bring this off.
The movie doesn't flow well at times, as if its timing was off. But just wait and soon enough either Roddy or the Golem or both are hatching some new scheme or tramping around.
It's not exactly a curiosity piece. It plays like a serious horror movie or a Hammer. It has that nice widescreen color and that British reserve. Yet partly because of its ineptness, the weirdness of Pimm, and the occasional 60s vibes, it's not your standard horror movie either.
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