Caltiki - il Mostro Immortale (1959, ITA/USA) B&W-75m. ** D: Robert Hamton (=Riccardo Freda). Starring John Merivale, Didi Perego, Gérard Herter, Daniela Rocca, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Daniele Vargas, Arturo Dominici. Quite atmospheric horror set in Mexico, where an expedition team is repeatedly attacked by a monster identified as an old Mayan goddess. They bring home part of the monster's tissue - a terrible mistake. Direction succeeds in imitating U.S. monster horrors of the 1950s, but generally film can't escape its B-movie origins. For buffs. Cinematographer Mario Bava completed the film sans credit and also created the good, gooey special effects, remarkably violent for the time. English title: CALTIKI, THE IMMORTAL MONSTER.


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