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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Zotz! (1962)

Let me be perfectly clear, Zotz! by legendary director and producer William Castle is NOT a horror film.  It is a comedy with supernatural touches.  Think of it as an episode of Bewitched minus the laugh track and you have an idea of what kind of film this is.  The soundtrack is very Leave It To Beaver which adds to the light-heartedness of the film.  I watched this one because it was paired with The Tingler on a William Castle DVD.  It wasn't what I expected at all.
However, this does not mean it's a bad film.  In fact, it's quite good.  Zotz! is classic Castle who makes a tight budget work for him quite effectively.  The script is solid even if the basic premise is a bit of a stretch.  The acting is excellent thanks to the talents of Tom Poston [The Bob Newhart Show, Mork & Mindy, and many other TV shows], Julia Meade [Pillow Talk], and Jim Backus [Gilligan's Island, Mr Magoo].  Tom Poston is wonderful as Prof Jonathan Jones who discovers an ancient coin with hidden powers.  As he tries to tell others about it, some think he's crazy, others try to kidnap him in order to steal his power.  The rest of the cast works very well together and keeps things lively and light.  This is a classic period piece and I found it quite enjoyable.  If you like William Castle's films, this one is a keeper.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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