Film (1962). Columbia. Directed by William Castle. Written by Ray Russell, based on Zotz! (1947) by Walter Karig. Cast includes Tom Poston. 87 minutes. Black and white.
A poorly regarded comedy adaptation of Karig's offbeat novel. The original gift of the Psi-Power ability to kill via word and gesture here becomes an external McGuffin, the magic "ZOTZ! coin", whose holder Professor Jonathan Jones (Poston) is additionally able to halt or slow time (see Time Distortion): bullets can be stopped in mid-air and theoretically fatal plunges are slowed to harmlessness. Though the US government – here briefly echoing the plot of the book – fails to show interest in these abilities, foreign agents covet the coin, and routine chase, capture and escape sequences follow. [DRL]
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