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Herbert J. Leder (original story & screenplay)
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Release Date:
15 November 1967 (USA) See more »
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Monster of the Year! See more »
Plot:
After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Roddy McDowall ... Arthur Pimm (as Roddy MacDowall)

Jill Haworth ... Ellen Grove
Paul Maxwell ... Jim Perkins
Aubrey Richards ... Prof. Weal
Ernest Clark ... Harold Grove
Oliver Johnston ... Curator Trimingham
Noel Trevarthen ... Insp. White
Ian McCulloch ... Detective Wayne
Richard Goolden ... The Old Rabbi
Dorothy Frere ... Miss Swanson
Tom Chatto ... Young Captain
Steve Kirby ... Ellis--Electrician
Russell Napier ... Boss
Frank Sieman ... Museum Workman
Brian Haines ... Joe Hill--Museum Guard
Mark Burns ... First Officer
Raymond Adamson ... Second Officer
Lindsay Campbell ... Policeman
John Baker ... Second Museum Guard
Alan Seller ... The Golem (as Alan Sellers)
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Directed by
Herbert J. Leder 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herbert J. Leder  original story & screenplay

Produced by
Herbert J. Leder .... producer
Tom Sachs .... associate producer
Robert Goldstein .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Carlo Martelli 
 
Cinematography by
Davis Boulton 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Simpson 
 
Art Direction by
Scott MacGregor 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Carter .... makeup artist
Mary Sturgess .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Snaith .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jim Roddan .... sound editor
Kevin Sutton .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Maasz .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Gibson .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Philip Martell .... music director
Philip Martell .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity
 
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Runtime:
96 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

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The film was released in Mexico under the Spanish title "La Estatua Viviente", which translates as "The Living Statue".See more »
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Continuity: Newspaper headlines refer to the statue as a Golem even before Pimm and Perkins identify it as such.See more »
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The original Terminator, but no where near as good, 12 March 2014
Author: Wuchak from Ohio/PA border

THE PLOT: A London museum acquires a Golem, an indestructible Hebrew statue originally created to protect the community. The assistant curator (Roddy McDowall) discovers how to control the thing but uses it for selfish, destructive purposes. You know what they say: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I've seen a few illustrations of Golems over the years where it looks very block-like (see Wikipedia), but none look like the Golem depicted in this film. Here it's pretty hideous and not block-like at all.

I couldn't help thinking of "The Terminator" while watching, but "It!" isn't nearly as successful in giving the impression of an unstoppable force, which is likely due to budget constraints and lack of imagination.

Jill Haworth is easy on the eyes, albeit nothing exceptional, and the rest of the main cast are good.

BOTTOM LINE: The build-up is well-done and interesting but the filmmakers badly fumble the ball in the final act (it's not even remotely believable that this slow, cumbersome statue could hold off a platoon, let alone an entire battalion. Why don't they just storm around the stone creature since they ridiculously outnumber it?). Still, "It!" is worthwhile for a number of reasons, especially if you like Hammer films since it has a strong Hammer-esque vibe.

RUNTIME: 96 minutes

GRADE: C+

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