by Jason Minton
Caltiki the Immortal Monster – 1960
Slimey Glob of Doom Engulfs the World! Or at least Italy in their version of the Blob. Made just over a year after the original, Italy extends the Blob in this unofficial sequel. Like their spaghetti westerns and zombie films, the Italian film industry of the time mirrors Hollywood making equally good if not superior films. I enjoyed the two American made Blob movies made 30 years apart, equally in their own ways. I enjoyed Caltiki just as much as both of them in it’s own low budget way.
None Can Stop It! Nothing Can Kill It! The Ever Growing Thing! Caltiki replaces young Americans fighting aliens with Archaeologists facing an ancient Mayan force. The Archaeologists on site made this film feel like a mummy movie of the black and white silver screen era. That made this film even more enjoyable, really setting the tone for this monster movie.
Caltiki the Immortal Monster has been around for years. Many have seen it while others may have not. If you’re a fan of the Blob and don’t know about this Italian twin, it doesn’t have the same budget but is still good. If you’re a fan of old school creature features and you missed this Italian import, definitely give it a watch.
3 out of 5 Headless Critics
Restored beautifully, this 1960, darkly shot film is brought back to light on Blu-ray. it’s loaded with special features. It has multiple interviews and featurettes. My favorite feature and what really set the special features over the top, is the film being shown in it’s original version as it was meant to be seen by director’s Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava. An absolutely amazing find as a feature on a Blu-ray.
4 of 5 Horror Filled Features