It's Exclamation Point Movie time!
Roddy McDowall plays Arthur Pimm, an unassuming assistant curator at a museum of antiquities in London. A warehouse fire destroys all the museum's stashed art treasures save one: a centuries-old statue of a snobby-looking prune man. After a couple of people die mysteriously around the statue, it develops a bit of an eerie rep and Pimm starts to look into it.
Pimm discovers what they have is the golem of Jewish folklore: an artificial being given life by Old Testament magic. He soon learns the secrets of mastering the dread automaton and embarks on the sloppiest, most under-achieving campaign of terror I've seen yet.
Pimm is a hapless outsider surrounded by "better" men than him, and even those who like him manage to say "Oh it's you, Pimm" with a touch of insult. I always like Roddy McDowall, and I liked Pimm too, especially when it's casually shown that he lives with his mummified mother. But I started to share the other characters' annoyance; Pimm's plans are awful and his execution is worse.
He tries to impress a girl during lunch by pointing to the nearby Thames bridge and telling her he could destroy it. That night he does it, after shuttling the golem to the area and then having an awkward conversation with a cop as he sits waiting in the van like a soccer mom. Later, the girl barely recalls him having said that thing during lunch.
When Pimm decides the golem is corrupting him and must be destroyed, he takes it to a dinky shed to burn it, kind of forgetting that he found it unscratched in the wreckage of a much larger fire. The golem somehow returns to the museum unseen, and the next day Pimm finds out he was spotted leaving with the monster...which is pretty much proof positive that he has less criminal acumen than a statue.
This was paired up on the same disc with The Shuttered Room, and like that movie it's highly mockable but also a lot of fun. Roddy McDowall does play Pimm with a bit of depth and mystery, so you can respect his outsider status even if he is a bit of a goofball.
And I've always been a fan of the golem myth and this is a good take on it. There's a particularly nice bit of creepiness when a rabbi reads the inscription on the statue and it contains specific, dated messages to its future masters. It's good enough not to spoil.
The Wiki page for It! points out that "the film was made in the style of the Hammer Studios films both in sound and cinematography." What it doesn't mention is how it shares a bit of that unsatisying buildup/payoff ratio that so distinguish Hammer films. But I still feel okay about recommending it; it's got Roddy and a cool creepy statue, and (perhaps because it isn't a real Hammer), it might let you down but it won't piss you off.
Big thanks to Cat for the "!" recommendation; both of these flicks were the right kind of good time.