I first watched this film with my father when i was a kid and iv never forgotten it. Its the kind of film that almost puts you in a trance(In a good way). It kicks into gear right from the off, with a heavy atmosphere and fantastic acting.
The film itself is nothing spectacular visually, it dosent have incredible special effects or CGI...but it dosent need any. The story, acting, atmosphere and script are all this brilliant film needs to keep you on the edge of your seat.
A good portion of the film is shown in flashbacks, with Richard Burtons charactor speaking to his therapist about his past and his problems and it works incredibly well, switching from a present day attempted murder investigation to all the disasters from the past that Richard Burton claims to be responsible for. I can honestly say that i havent seen a film like it before or since. Forget so called horror films of today that use the same old tired formula and tons of fake blood...The Medusa Touch is the real deal. If your a massive horror fan, you may look at the PG certificate it has been given and think, how can it be any good as a horror movie?...but youd be wrong, the medusa touch is full of subtle horror and brooding atmosphere that truthfully put some horror films to shame. I watched it again recently and wondered why it hadnt been given a higher certificate...it truly is quite chilling stuff made more so by the performance of Richard Burton. One minute you feel sorry for him, the next he just projects all out fear into you...I cannot stress how magnificently he plays the part.
If you like intelligent, thought provoking, engrossing and brilliantly acted movies.....This is definately for you.