William Castle has produced some really interesting films, some are good some merely ok. I’m on to Powerhouse Films second volume of Castle films released on Blu-ray. The one I’m taking a look here stars Tom Poston whom also starred in The Old Dark House (1963) which was a Hammer/Castle production. Zotz! is similar in tone and style to that film, does it make for a better comedy? Let me answer that very question, so without further ado here’s my Zotz! Blu-ray Review.
- Zotz! (1962) (Part of the William Castle Volume One Boxset)
- Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
- Directed by William Castle
- Running Time: 86 Mins
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By Powerhouse Films aka Indicator
- Blu-ray Released: 10 December 2018
Professor Jonathan Jones (Tom Poston) is a man that comes into the possession of a coin that gives the user that ability to cause pain, slow time or kill. How will he choose to use his newly obtained power?
Style / Direction
The films directed by William Castle with the cinematography handled by Gordon Avil. It’s filmed in black and white with the style of film best summed up as somewhat silly but a fun and light hearted comedy.
Music / Audio Effects
The music is composed by Bernard Green and is very much a light hearted affair.
Acting / Characters
Tom Poston plays Professor Jonathan Jones in that silly comedy way that certainly suits his style of actings as much as Castle’s light comedy style.
- Tom Poston as Professor Jonathan Jones
- Julia Meade as Professor Virginia Fenster
- Jim Backus as Professor Kellgore
- Cecil Kellaway as Dean Updike
- Margaret Dumont as Persephone Updike
- Fred Clark as General Bullivart
Conclusion: Zotz! Film Review
Zotz! is an easy going comedy that’s very similar to another of Castle’s films that released a year later, The Old Dark House (1963). In many ways it makes for perfect Sunday afternoon viewing. It’s not a classic but does fall into that easy watch category that worth a look if nothing else is takes your fancy.
In this one Castle also showcases one of his other films, Homicidal (1961) by having it playing at the drive in movie theatre . It’s been done before and after by many a director and is pretty good way to give a nod to their other work.
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Conclusion: Zotz! Blu-ray Review
The picture quality is flawless as we have now come to expect from all of Powerhouses (Indicator) releases. The extras included are both interesting and informative.
- Audio Commentary
- Stephen Laws Introduces Zotz! (6 mins)
- The Horror of It All (24 mins)
- Isolated Music & Effects Track
- Original Trailer
- Image Gallery
- Reversible Sleeve
- 40 Page Booklet
On to my movie rating for Zotz! (1962)
- Movie Rating: WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Zotz! (1962) is available now on Blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip NOT be representative of the Blu-ray version
So that’s Zotz! Blu-ray review, don’t forget to keep a look out for the rest of the William Castle boxset reviews.
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Summary: Zotz! (1962) Blu-ray Review
Director(s): William Castle
Actor(s): Tom Poston, Julia Meade, Jim Backus, Cecil Kellaway, Margaret Dumont, Fred Clark
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
An amusing and easy watch, perfect viewing for a Sunday afternoon.
- Excellent Blu-ray Release
- Not Castle’s Best Offering