Monday, March 5, 2018

By the Gods!

The erecting of the statue of Chemosh in THE STORY OF RUTH (1960)

I don't know if the design was historically accurate, I never cared much for the look of it. Not menacing or impressive enough. There were much better 'evil' statues in other films. From the same team that made THE ROBE (1953). Some historians say that Chemosh is the same deity as Moloch. This is my only major complaint about this otherwise 'serviceable' movie. 


Scott Ochiltree said...

I agree fully that the statue is a flop because it is not sufficiently scary enough.

The child sacrifice idol in Pastrone's silent epic CABIRIA (1914) is much better.

THE STORY OF RUTH rates only a B-minus in my view.

Anonymous said...

Just wondering why you think these idols need to be scary?

PEPLUM Cinema said...

They don't need to be scary but they shouldn't look goofy

Also, something that's scary doesn't have to look 'scary' to be 'scary.' It can be impressive or awe-inspiring to the point of being scary. God-fearing and all that stuff. It's hard to cower in fear over a statue that's goofy looking.

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