The Medusa Touch
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Novelist John Morlar (Richard Burton) is haunted by the belief that he can, through the power of telekenesis, cause fatal disasters to occur. This obsession is reinforced when, after Morlar is assaulted, a moon mission crisis and jet crash occur in short order. The police turn to Morlar's mysterious therapist, Zonfeld (Lee Remick), to try to get to the bottom of the case.
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His role in the film is venomous not least because he is cursed with the ability to make nasty events happen to people both in his personal life and in the world at large but the script for his role is scathing of our society and Burton is a master of getting his disillusioned persona across to any audience, even in an action movie.
The gorgeous Lee Remick is his psychiatrist, unconvinced that his visions and ability are true but is she being totally honest?
The great French actor Lino Ventura plays a French detective on an exchange visit to the Met and the plot revolves round his investigation of Burton's character being half clubbed to death but still manipulating events from his hospital bed.
The story of Burton's agony is told in flashback and slowly builds to a crescendo. It's very well done in my view.
Plenty of familiar British supporting actors help the believable plot (there are such amazing plots in films these days, Medusa seems quite tame in comparison), Jacobi, Hordern, Andrews, Brett, Michael Byrne to name the ones I recognized.
This is a cracking mystery/horror/sci-fi and can't be defined easily---take your choice.
Burton is fine in a lead where you see him mostly in flash backs. Lee Remick is stunning and delivers a solid performance. The film is more than a workman type of production but the budget does show it's limits. Overall an entertaining well done movie that will get repeat viewings by me.
viciously attacked him.
At first he is believed to be dead, however he shows signs of life, though the severity of his injuries would mean
he would not recover.
French-Exchange Detective 'Brunel' (Lino Ventura) investigating the attack trys to find out all he can about the
He has several lengthy conversations with 'John's' Doctor 'Zonfeld' (Lee Remick) it seems 'John' believed he could
foresee disasters, even cause them.
At the Hospital 'John' clings to life - Just.
The Detective continues to build a picture of 'John' it appears he is a bit of a loner, some consider him strange, though
nobody knows of him having either friends or indeed enemies, the case remains a puzzle.
Through the film we follow, through the memories of what he'd told the Doctor, 'John' from childhood through to present
We see many of the disasters he'd experienced throughout his life, the Detective hears similar stories from others 'John'
The Detective begins to sense that 'John' could well be responsible for many, many deaths though not involved in a
physical sense, could 'John' have used some form of telekinetic power perhaps.
'John' in desperation had tried to find answers to his condition without success.
Will the Detective solve the case, what level of consciousness does 'John' still have...what is still to come ?
Those that followed movies of yesterday will recognise many familiar faces throughout the film.
This is an absorbing and ingenious plot, a little chilling in fact, a film in which Screen Legend 'Richard Burton' excel's as
he did so often during his illustrious film career.
(Though the plot is set in 'London' the Cathedral sequence was filmed in Bristol) The 1978 movie has some good special
effects for the time that it was filmed.
Pretty Good Upgrade, the picture and sound quality good throughout.
Special Features -
* Audio Commentary with director 'Jack Gold' 'Kim Newman' and 'Steven Jones'
* Destroying the Abbey - behind-the-scenes footage
* Original Theatrical Trailer
* Image Gallery
* Booklet by 'Kim Newman'