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Zotz

Zotz!

Zotz! is a 1947 novel by Walter Karig and a 1962 movie, about a man obtaining magical powers from a god of an ancient civilization.

Amongst science fiction fandom, the word refers to a useless, unwanted gift.

Plot of the movie

Ancient Eastern languages professor Jonathan Jones finds a cursed amulet. Jones obtains powers to cause pain or slow movement, and even kill. He immediately suffers the consequences of his discovery: Jones realizes that when he points at another living creature, it causes a great pain. This prevents any intimate encounters with a woman. It is a metaphor of the age of nuclear weapons (the novel was written 2 years after atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki).

In the movie, Jones tries to warn Department of Defense and get rid of the amulet. But he is taken as a madman. Then the Soviet Union gets interested and the adventures begin. It's a comedy.

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