Re: RARA-AVIS: The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

From: Terrill Lankford (
Date: 21 Nov 2007

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>Subject: RARA-AVIS: The Curse of the Jade Scorpion
>Does the story of this Allen movie remind anyone else of the pulps? I
>even thought for a brief moment that I had read such a story, maybe in
>a weird tales pulp... of course, psychics and hypnotizers were big in
>the old days, but still, I had slight deja vu. By the way, I am not
>doubting that Allen thought up the story by himself. The most likely
>explanation is that I've read too many pulp stories!

I finally saw this movie just last week (Netflix!). I also assumed that Woody's point of reference was the pulps (or at the very least the B movies and serials of the thirties and forties). It seemed like a comic riff on any number of Shadow, Avenger, or Weird Tales stories. The feel of the movie reminded me a bit of Allen's RADIO DAYS (which I liked even more than CJS).

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