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Screenplay  Filippo Sanjust
Writer  Filippo Sanjust
Language  Italian
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country  Italy United States
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Director  Riccardo Freda (as Robert Hamton) Mario Bava (uncredited)
Release date  8 August 1959 (1959-08-08)
Directors  Mario Bava, Riccardo Freda
Music director  Roberto Nicolosi, Roman Vlad
Cast  John Merivale (Dr. John Fielding), Didi Perego (Ellen Fielding), Gérard Herter (Max Gunther), Daniela Rocca (Linda), Vittorio André (Prof. Rodriguez), Giacomo Rossi-Stuart (Prof. Rodriguez's Assistant)
Similar movies  Ghidrah, the Three-Headed Monster, Invasion of Astro-Monster, Godzilla: Final Wars, Jurassic World, Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla
Tagline  Slimy Glob of Doom Engulfs The World!

Ernest dickerson on caltiki the immortal monster

Academic researchers are chased by a nuclear-hot specimen of ancient Mayan blob.


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Caltiki – The Immortal Monster (Italian: Caltiki – il mostro immortale) is a 1959 Italian science fiction horror film directed by Riccardo Freda. The plot concerns a team of archaeologists investigating Mayan ruins who come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire while keeping a sample of the monster. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to Earth, the same comet which passed near the Earth at the time the Mayan civilization mysteriously collapsed. The film proposes the question "Is there a connection between the monster and the comet?"

Academic researchers are chased by a nuclear-hot specimen of ancient Mayan blob.


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The film begins as a delirious archaeologist stumbles into his groups camp without his partner, both of whom having been exploring a cave. He becomes mad, requiring hospitalization. Their interest piqued, the group sets out for the cave.

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Upon reaching the cave, they find a deep pool of water, behind which is a large statue of Caltiki, the vengeful Mayan goddess who had been ceremonially presented with human sacrifices. Hoping to find artifacts, the group sends one of their numbers down into the pool. At the bottom, he finds a menagerie of skeletons clad in gold jewelry. Running out of oxygen, he comes back up, clutching as much gold as he can. Although the group wishes him to not go down again, he insists on doing so, suggesting that they could become millionaires from the wealth below. Relenting to him, they let him descend once more. As he collects more and more treasure, his cable to the surface suddenly writhes erratically. Fearing for his safety, the group pulls him back to the surface, only to find, upon removing his face mask, his body reduced to a decayed mass distended about his skeleton.

Moments later, the monster that attacked him rears up from the pool, attempting to digest anyone near. One of the group is caught, but is then rescued. As the team escapes, the monster begins to crawl out of the cave menacingly. Luckily, there is a tanker truck full of gasoline nearby that the main character drives into the vile blob. It explodes violently, vanquishing it.

The team travels back to Mexico City to take the man who had been caught by the monster to a hospital. Still on his arm is a small piece of the monster that had come apart from the main blob and is still digesting him. When the surgeons remove the blob, they find that his arm is nothing more than a few moist scraps of flesh still connected to his bones. The surgeons wrap it up anyway. After further experimenting on the blob, scientists later discover that it is a unicellular bacterium that quickly grows when in the presence of radiation. Unfortunately, a comet that emits radiation and crosses Earths path only once in every 850 years or so is quickly approaching. Upon the comets closest approach, the piece of the blob that the main character (Dr. John Fielding) left in his house with his wife and infant expands to enormous size and reproduces.

Dr. John Fielding attempts to convince the Mexican government to send its army to destroy the beast, but is then thrown in jail. Fortunately, he escapes. A colleague convinces the authorities that the monster and its threat are real and sends regiments of flame-throwing tanks to Fieldings house. Upon their arrival, they find that the blobs have overrun the house and Dr. Fieldings wife and child are desperately standing on a second-floor window ledge. The mother and child are rescued by Dr. Fielding as the flame-throwing tanks lay waste to the blob monsters.


  • John Merivale as Dr. John Fielding
  • Didi Perego as Ellen Fielding
  • Gerard Herter as Max Gunther
  • Daniela Rocca as Linda
  • Giacomo Rossi-Stuart as Prof. Rodriguezs assistant
  • Daniele Vargas as Bob (expedition member)
  • Vittorio Andre as Prof. Rodriguez
  • Nerio Bernardi as Police inspector
  • Arturo Dominici as Nieto (expedition member)
  • Production

    Nominal director Riccardo Freda claims that he abandoned the film so that future director Mario Bava, who he knew would be a good director, had the chance to direct. Bavas first screen credit as director was the 1960 classic Black Sunday.

    Critical reception

    In a contemporary review, The Monthly Film Bulletin commented that "phony sets, bad acting and limitations of a small budget seriously hamper the first half" and that "once the monster asserts itself things begin to liven up." The review concluded that the film was "so incredibly banal that it almost entertains."

    AllMovie gave the film a generally positive review, calling it "a neat and compelling science fiction-horror amalgam, squeezing cosmology together with archeology and myth to create a genuinely fascinating and original thriller."


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