The Medusa Touch is a British horror/disaster film ,told in the style of a whodunit mystery.
The film starts with an unknown assailent almost beating to death John Morlar ( Richard Burton ),leaving him clinging to life in a hospital. Inspector Brunel, must try to piece together the clues to the attack, which lead him to a psychiatrist ( Lee Remick ) who treated the victim, for a bizarre condition which had him believing that, he could kill anyone he wanted, just by willing it to happen.
The story is then told through flashbacks as the psychiatrist relays the story of John's life, bringing us closer and closer to the time of the attack, and the truth behind who would try to kill him and why. What inspector Brunel discovers will challenge his conceptions of victims and killers.
The film tends to be a little overly dramatic , but in a fun way as two of hollywoods best overactors(Remick and Burton) ,chew up the scenery on this one.
What sets this film apart are the scenes of death and disaster which are far better then you expect, including a jumbo jet crash that rivals any in films produced today.
And even its themes of paranoia and enviromental terrorism seem to carry a bit more relevance today ,in our post 9/11 world, than it did 30 years ago...