The Living Idol (1957)

Genres - Adventure  |   Run Time - 101 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Filmmaker Albert Lewin's fascination with erotic exotica reaches a pinnacle in The Living Idol. James Robertson Justice plays Dr. Alfred Stones, an archeologist working in Mexico. It is Dr. Stones' contention that Indian maiden Juanita (Lilliane Montevecchi) is the reincarnation of an Aztec princess, sacrificed centuries earlier to appease the "jaguar gods". To prove his thesis, the good doctor lets loose a jaguar to see what happens when it sinks its claws into poor Juanita. Coming to the rescue is nominal hero Terry Mathews (Steve Forrest), who, like Juanita, looks as confused as the audience at this point.

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animal, archaeology, Aztecs, corpse, damsel-in-distress, evil-possession, possession, rescue, sacrifice