In the Italian cult film industry, there are two names you need to know – Riccardo Freda and Mario Bava. The two directors team up for this 1959 horror classic “Caltiki – The Immortal Monster.”
John Merivale plays Professor John Fielding leading a team of archaeologists who are exploring the disappearance of indigenous people at the ruins of an ancient Mayan city. When the good doctor and his crew stumble upon a sacrificial pool, they find their answers to why so many have disappeared. Caltiki awakens and he is one pissed off god of the ruins. The unforgiving monster attacks, but the archaeologists get the best of the malicious god with his Achilles heel – fire. However, being curious, they want to know more and take a piece of Caltiki back with them to study. Big mistake. In a weird, unexplained subplot, there is a comet heading for Earth on the same date the Mayan city was nearly destroyed all those years ago.
“Caltiki – The Immortal Monster” is entertaining if you are a fan of old horror movies and the bonus features give you insight to how the movie came about. It is also fascinating to see the difference between Italian horror films compared to American horror films of the 1950s.