Caltiki, the Immortal 1959 & Curse of the Faceless Man 1958
Italian director Ricardo Freda’s atmospheric horror/sci-fi film is reminiscent of Nigel Kneale’s The Quatermass Xperiment 1955 and directed by Val Guest. Caltiki puts forth the mythology that a once in every seventy millennia comet streaks through the sky to wreak its terrifying radiation on an ancient carnivorous muddy blob that devours the flesh off the bones of its victims in quite revolting style. When researchers, a team of archaeologists studying ancient Mayan ruins, bring a slimy chunk of the blob back to the lab for further study subjecting it to more radiation, it grows to an immense size and crawls and sweeps across the countryside to swallow up everything in its path. A particularly shocking scene for 1950’s, is when the unlikable Max (Gerald Haerter in a role that would have been perfect for Martin Kosleck) runs back to steal gold has his arm sucked clean by Caltiki leaving the remains of a gruesome skeletal arm.
Director Edward L. Cahn, perhaps one of my favorite B-Movie directors of the 1950s, brings us an encrusted boogeyman from Pompeii. Double billed with It! The Terror from Beyond Space 1958, Curse of the Faceless Man.
Quintillus Aurelius a slave in Ancient Rome, was destroyed along with the city of Pompei when Mount Vesuvius erupted. After the stone man is recovered by archaeologists, he goes on a rampage smashing people that stand in his way of being reunited with his reincarnated love, actress Elaine Edwards.
This is your EverLovin’ Joey hoping that your October is filled with more treats than tricks!