Back in 1959 the Italians gave to us a nasty little black and white treat (with a fantastic name): Caltiki: The Immortal Monster. The story is simple enough: a group of archaeologists are excavating an ancient Mayan ruin and over the course of their exploration they run across a terrifying discovery. Something is lurking in the lake and it’s hungry.
That something is–you guessed it–Caltiki the Immortal Monster. What is Caltiki? Hard to figure that out considering the budget limitations but as far as I can tell, it’s a giant velour blob with insides that look like the oral cavity of a Muppet.
Regardless, once Caltiki gets cranking there’s no stopping him. He takes a bite out of one hapless archaeologist, instantly dissolving his arm into a gross melange of goopy 1950s practical effects. Eventually the good guys nuke the monster with some fire but make the mistake of bringing back a sample to civilization.
You can probably surmise what happens next (hint: it’s in the monster’s name).
76 minutes later you’ll be back to your normal life, but you won’t forget Caltiki. Or maybe you will. It’s a fairly forgettable movie, made relevant primarily because of its vintage chops and a few cute little scenes were some dudes get digested by the monster.
It’s definitely worth scoping our if you consider yourself a creature feature completionist (Arrow’s tricked-out special edition Blu-ray will more than satisfy you!), but all other potential viewers probably could find something more productive to do with their time.