Friday, August 23, 2013

It! (1967)

Director: Herbert J. Leder

Starring: Roddy McDowall, Jill Haworth, Paul Maxwell, Aubrey Richards, Ernest Clark, Oliver Johnston, Noel Trevarthen, Ian McCulloch, Richard Goolden, Dorothy Frere

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Bullets can't kill it! Fire can't burn it! Water can't drown it! How can we destroy IT before IT destroys us?

Plot: After one of their store houses burnt down, museum director Grove and his assistant Pimm find everything destroyed - only one statue withstood the fire mysteriously undamaged. Suddenly Grove is lying dead on the ground - killed by the statue? Pimm finds out that the cursed statue has been created by Rabbi Loew in 16th century and will withstand every human attempt to destroy it. Pimm decides to use it to his own advantage.

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Sure.

While I've seen some Roddy McDowall films I didn't care for, he was at least enjoyable, but this is a picture I dig so there you go.  It's a fun story with predictable results but what's not predictable was the wild 'bring in the Army' ending.  THAT I really liked.  It's a fun ride with Roddy trying to work his way into and out of his predicament.  The monster effects were pretty cool, too. 

It's on a double feature DVD with THE SHUTTERED ROOM (1967) which isn't as good but is worth watching for the American accent Oliver Reed sports. I'll give IT some more play someday but not the other.

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