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Title:   Revenge is My Destiny
Director:   Joseph Adler
Year:   1971
Genre:   Pulp
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   07.19.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Convention Girls

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
07.19.06Weird Wednesday After that it was over to the Alamo to stand in line for Weird Wednesday. Ludicrously long line... the lobby all over the place with their expanding bar... another pretty-much sold-out week. This is from the guy who directed Convention Girls (A movie I've really grown to have fond memories of. I know my initial notes here are kind of harsh but I've come to look back on it pretty fondly). It actually makes sense... if Convention Girls was an oddball Florida version of a Robert Altman movie, Revenge is My Destiny is an oddball Florida version of a pulp mystery movie. The archetypes are here, the attitude and convoluted plot twists... but it's all put through the sweaty absurdist filter of early 70s Florida. The main guy is just a bit too hardboiled, the sleazy comic/bar owner a bit too sleazy, Mr. Tony the gay wig shop owner a bit too knowledgeable of woman problems. The net effect is subtley surprising. It's almost as if Florida was an alen planet and this is the alien race mimicking something they receieved via space broadcast or something. For me personally, it kind of means I get to have my cake and eat it too. On one level, it's filled with hilarious little Floridian touches that crack the audience up... but on the other, it's actually not that bad of a story, not that badly made, not that badly acted. I liked this a lot.

It really has me wanting to see this guy's other movies actually. Lars described a bit of the premise to Scream, Baby, Scream which actually sounds not too far from one of my favorite H.P. Lovecraft stories... have to track that down.

Oh by the way... this is maybe one of the best titles I've ever heard, but it has absolutely nothing to do with this movie.
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