Monster of the Day #136

Not quite as nice as Gleep and Gloop, that’s for sure.

  • The Rev.

    Is that Caltiki? It’s been years since I’ve seen that.

    If it’s not, I don’t really have any idea. Maybe the Creeping Unknown?…

  • The Rev.

    This is completely off-topic, but….where did the B-Masters site go?!

  • I think we’re in negotiations to be taken over by a paper company. (Joke for Jabootu old timers.)

    Several of us are realizing we don’t even know who was running the site. Maybe Chris Holland? Anyway, it clearly fell through the cracks. Hopefully the site still exists somewhere and we’ll get it back up soon, as opposed to having to start fresh.

  • BeckoningChasm

    I think it’s Caltiki. (It’s not The Creeping Unknown, for sure.)

    There’s supposed to be a scene where Caltiki invades the heroine’s house and crawls up the stairs, and I’m guessing this is a frame from this sequence.

  • GalaxyJane

    Y’all lost the domain in the middle of Corman month!?!

    How could a loving god allow such a thing to happen? Oh wait, Jabootu is more the capricious, vengeful sort of deity, isn’t he? Bastard.

  • I have heard a lot of netherworldly cackling of late…

  • roger h

    I see one of those “tilt shift” shots with a rotten pumpkin as the subject.

  • Rock Baker

    I’ve never seen Caltiki, The Immortal Monster, but I have seen just enough footage (due to a doc about the vastly over-rated Mario Bava) to I.D. that this is indeed the monster from that film. (I think the doc also noted that Caltiki is made from cow intestines!!)

    One of these days I’m going to find a copy of this. And in a similar vein, Spacemaster X-7. Seems like it had a similar menace.

  • Dan

    Hmm. Caltiki is a new one for me. I’ll have to search it out….

  • The Rev.

    I taped it off TV years ago, but the tape died a while back. I only watched it twice. I don’t recall it being overly great, so you’re not missing much.

  • Man, a Mario Bava (semi) directed blob movie. How can it not be awesome.

    Don’t answer that.

  • Caltiki was shown a few times on Chiller Theater (New York) back in the 60’s. I wasn’t too impressed, as a kid…

  • Reed

    I think that Mario Bava was brilliant. Like many brilliant people he produced an enormous body of work that was total crap. However, when he was on his films were fantasic.

    I have no experience with this particular movie. That squiddy thing doesn’t really look like cow intestines to me, but you never know. If so the set must have smelled horrible!

  • BeckoningChasm

    I think Bill Warren said that Caltiki was made of a many things, according to the needs of the shot. Wet leather and “tripe” were two materials mentioned. (I think “tripe” is sheep’s pancreas or something, not the stuff found in People or Entertainment Weakly.)

  • The Rev.

    Tripe is from the stomach. The lining, I think.

  • GalaxyJane

    And surprisingly not bad tasting,not my first choice (or my 33rd), but edible. Then again I like hog maws so I may be a poor person to opine on the edibility of anything.

  • if you haven’t seen Caltiki then go see it. It is actually quite good even if Bava only directed part of it. As Tim Lucas points out it is one of the first movies ever to use the Blair Witch concept of the cameraman as viewer, though it’s only for a very short part of the movie.