I'm a sucker for stories that riff off H.P. Lovecraft's "The Colour Out of Space," a story about a monstrous force from the heavens. The Blob certainly fits the bill, but many aspects of that film are rather neat and tidy.
Not Caltiki, The Immortal Monster (1959). Caltiki is a cross between The Blob and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Made just one year after The Blob, Caltiki is a dangerous substance buried among Mayan ruins, which grows insatiable every time a comet passes close to earth, giving it the power to grow to enormous proportions, and swallow up everything and everyone in its path. The fact that you actually see Caltiki eating people, dissolving their flesh in seconds and leaving nothing but bones, is totally freakin' awesome!
The use of miniatures - tanks included! really helped to convey the sheer size and serious danger of this immortal force, thought to have destroyed the Mayans, and due to return with a vengeance as the comet inevitably passes Earth.
In short, Caltiki, The Immortal Monster is tremendous fun, and should not be missed by fans of monster movies, classics, and blobs alike!
K Rating: 5/5