The Living Idol

1957

Action / Adventure / Drama / Horror / Mystery

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Cast

Steve Forrest as Terry Matthews
James Robertson Justice as Doctor Alfred Stoner
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928.9 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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927.17 MB
1280*544
English 2.0
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24 fps
1 hr 40 min
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1920*816
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 40 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

Val Lewton impersonator

THE LIVING IDOL is a slice of horror hokum from south of the border, shot in Mexico with a cast that includes imported British character actor James Robertson Justice. The story is heavily indebted to the '40s efforts of Val Lewton such as CAT PEOPLE and THE LEOPARD MAN, with the discovery of a jaguar idol in some ancient Aztec ruins. Early Indiana Jones-style adventure gives way to psychological mystery, as our Hispanic heroine Juanita finds herself menaced by a shadowy beast. It's all rather slow and stodgy, although well shot by profilic director Rene Cardona; you'd be better off sticking with the Lewton originals.

Reviewed by melvelvit-1 8 / 10

Jaguars and Aztecs and Love, oh my

MGM stalwart Albert Lewin's last film is a bizarre romantic fantasy as lush and scenic as his PANDORA AND THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, only twice as bonkers. "A girl's adventure in reincarnation" begins when her father's archaeological expedition discovers a jaguar idol in a secret chamber of an Aztec pyramid which so frightens Juanita (Liliane Montevecchi) she flees the ruins, getting blue smudges on her white dress in the process. Blue pigment is what the Aztecs painted their human sacrifices with so you know exactly where the movie's going from the get-go. After her father gets crushed by a stone monolith depicting the jaguar god devouring a human heart, she goes into an understandable funk and her worried fiancé (Steve Forrest) thinks marriage is the answer but the girl's new guardian, Dr. Alfred Stoner (!), is convinced the jaguar god has stolen her soul. In order to get it back, he befriends a jaguar ("the living idol") in a zoo, sets it free, and sics it on his ward...

WTF?

Val Lewton's CAT PEOPLE (Juanita mesmerized by a caged jaguar at the zoo) and THE LEOPARD MAN (said jungle cat prowling the night streets of Mexico City) were obvious influences only this time they get MGM gloss, Eastmancolor, and Cinemascope which also gives the film something of a colorful Mexican travelogue feel. I would have loved to have heard all of Dr. Stoner's university lecture on human sacrifice which still goes on in the form of capital punishment (with blindfolded Justice the latest goddess) and the subject obviously fascinated Lewin as well since he adapted his own novel. Filmed on location at Churubusco Azteca Studios, Mexican horror icon René Cardona is credited as assistant director and if THE LIVING IDOL had been made a few years before, MGM would no doubt have assigned it to Ava Gardner or even Lana Turner, who also visited "Leo The Lion La La Land" in THE PRODIGAL two years earlier. Instead we get ballet dancer Liliane Montevecchi who would later find real renown on Broadway but at this point, she's more-or-less another Anna Maria Alberghetti or Pier Angeli -and just as hard to understand. Rarely seen and a reel find for me but obviously mileage may vary. 8/10

Reviewed by malcolmgsw 4 / 10

A Bad touch Of The Val Lewtons

This film was shown today at the NFT in the season celebrating the career of Albert Lewin.This i believe was his last film so you could say that it went out with not a bang but a miaow.It is a sort of cross between Leopard Man and The Cat People.It tries hard to install a sense of the supernatural but teeters on the edge of silliness.In fact it has to be said that this film is one of those which is so bad as to be eminently watchable for that reason.The plot ,such as it is,resolves about Justice and his obsessional quest to communicate and understand Jaguars and the place in Mayan society.he believes his best friends daughter is in some way possessed by them,so instead of taking her to a shrink he lets a jaguar out of the zoo.This leads to a rather mirthful climax.i am rather ashamed to admit that in the august confines of NFT1 i let out a burst of uncontrolled laughter at the climax.I am sure i must have woken up the rather sparse audience.One i would recommend to lovers of truly bad films.

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