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February 7, 2018
An odd and interesting film, could probably be skipped if you're getting into De Palma.
January 28, 2018
Ok Kirk Douglas movie.
January 14, 2018
i found this to be very slow moving
April 14, 2017
Underrated gem that opens like a life insurance commercial and ends like Hiroshima.
½ January 7, 2017
De Palma's follow-up to "Carrie" was a commercial failure, and to some degree a critical failure. It's certainly not as good a film as "Carrie", but it certainly deserved a better reception. Part of the issue seems to be that it was marketed as a horror film, which is somewhat understandable given the superficial similarities in subject matter to "Carrie", but it really is not a horror film. Given the government conspiracy angle and the body horror elements, it's more like a precursor to "Scanners" than a follow-up to "Carrie".
August 21, 2016
Brian DePalma's follow-up to Carrie was another adaptation of a novel, this time the novel was by John Farris who also wrote the screenplay. Kirk Douglas plays Peter, a U.S. government agent who plans to retire from the shadowy agency he works for so he can move back to the States and see that his psychic son, Robin (Andrew Stevens) gets the help he need in controlling and understanding his powers. A supposed terrorist attack on the Israeli resort they are staying at separates Peter from Robin and Peter learns that his good friend and fellow agent Childress (John Cassavetes) was behind the attack and that he wanted Peter out of the way so Robin can be turned into a weapon. Presumed dead by his son, and hunted by Childress' agents, Peter seeks aid from an employee of the mysterious Paragon Institute, Hester (Carrie Snodgrass) but it is a psychic as gifted as Robin, Gillian (Amy Irving) who can help Peter contact his son but Childress wants Gillian as well. So this film takes the psychic powers of Carrie and adds in a Political Thriller dimension to a Science-Fiction/Horror scenario. The result is one of DePalma's often overlooked Thrillers. Why DePalma was convinced to follow up a Horror film about psychic powers with a Science-Fiction/Horror film about psychic powers is unknown, probably the studio said "hey, this worked; lets do it again." The budget is larger but this allows DePalma to do more and the film is a pretty exciting ride from start to finish as DePalma brings all his main characters together for the final denouement. Along with Irving, who had been in Carrie, DePalma regulars William Findley (as a psychic) and Dennis Franz (as a Chicago cop) are along for the ride. Also look for Daryl Hannah in a very early role as one of Gillian's schoolmates.
½ August 4, 2016
Wow, what an unpredictable hidden gem! Brian DePalma's The Fury is a film that im really baffled as to it's obscure, un-noted existence, it's something else really, a totally "off it's fucking med's" viewing experience for an after midnight watch when the sane (read boring) folk have gone to sleep. A chase thriller/action movie that turns into sci fi and then morphs into a Carrie style blast of gory, body hemorrhaging telekinesis horror that pre-dates Cronenberg's similar Scanners and is easily a better film by far. Kirk Douglas puts on his game face admirably amidst the unfettered lunacy and John Cassavetes sleazes sinisterly along like a slimy snake. Whats great about this movie and many other DePalma flicks is the both unrestrained and undisciplined and yet masterfully controlled feel of it all, the plot seesaws all over the place and there are brilliantly nut's lurches into episodes of funny comedy (Douglas taking a Dysfunctional family hostage whilst forming a ridiculous disguise is a hilarious highlight as is the back and forth between some bored government agents arguing about bad coffee over their walkies talkies, an ingeniously funny, almost sketch-like moment) and the set pieces are extraordinary, like the out of control carousel scene, an amazing, extremley slo-motion escape scene that i cant really compare anything to except DePalma's own The Untouchables and it's stunningly orchestrated Union Station shoot out. The final meanwhile, is the film off the leash properly, culminating in one hell of a Grand-Guignol final moment. A mad bastard of a film, fucking cool as hell. Find it, watch it.
½ April 30, 2016
It's alright. It doesn't really do anything with its plot and it often feels like they're shoehorning in three different movies: a straight thriller, a teenage supernatural drama, and a horror film (though that one only shows up at the end making things more confusing). It could have been a lot better.
April 2, 2016
Brian De Palma is one of my favorite directors. When he makes a classic, like "The Untouchables," "Carlito's Way" or "Blow Out," it is amazing, but even when he's behind a film that misfires, like "Bonfire of the Vanities," it's still interesting. "The Fury" falls somewhere in between on that spectrum. The film tells the story of a secret government organization using telepaths as assassins. When one telepath, Anderw Stevens, is kidnapped, his government agent father, Kirk Douglas, goes on a mission with a telepath he helped escape, Amy Irving, to find his son. On the negative side, the story is rather pulpy and felt like the film couldn't make up it's mind what genre it wanted to be, starting as a conspiratorial thriller like "The Parallax View" or "Winter Kills" then shifting to science fiction ALA "Dreamscape" or "Scanners" and then becomes essentially a horror picture along the lines of "The Omen" or "The Exorcist." Genre mashup films can certainly work and I actually love it when a film works that cannot be easily put into a box, but this film's story felt more like it just couldn't make up it's mind what kind of film it wanted to be. DePalma mixed horror and science fiction much better with his earlier film "Carrie." However, on the positive side, the film features a number of terrific De Palma-esque set pieces, and not all of the action sequences. My favorite is then where Irving escapes her captures with the help of Douglas, but the voureyistic opening scene along the beach boardwalk where Irving and her friend are being followed along the boardwalk is a close second. Also in the plus column is the presence of Kirk Douglas who is always great. I also enjoyed the Bernard Herrmann-esque score by John Williams. But it's really De Palma's cinematic flourishes and even his excesses, particularly the over-the-top finale, that make this film entertaining even if it is kind of a mess. Carrie Snodgress, John Cassavetes, Daryl Hannah (in her film debut), Dennis Franz, and Charles Durning also appear in the film.
½ January 11, 2016
Unusual, extremely effective Horror thriller dealing with a avenging father (Kirk Douglas) looking to find his son, and a telekinetic girl (Amy Irving) being looked up for sinister use. Douglas is excellent, and script is impressive, giving out many characters, balancing them well, with each villain more nastey than the last. It also throws an endless amount of surprises at the viewer. Criticism has been about the slight aspects of it all, though there's so many fascinating ideas it doesn't really matter; final sequence is a real stunner. Music score by John Williams.
October 30, 2015
saw it on tv. Stylish. but nsg. Amy Irving and Kirk Douglas. Brian DePalma
October 24, 2015
This is a crazy Brian DePalma film that you must see -well shot, totally weird story about two telekinetic teens aware of each other only through their shared power. I am not a fan of remakes, but this is one that could be remade to great effect.
August 15, 2015
No es Carrie, pero sí había alguien quien pudiera dirigir esta película es el mismo De Palma. Concreta, directa, estética, suspenso bien manejado con un reparto excelente, a la cabeza los legendarios Kirk Douglas y John Cassavettes. Un clásico más de un director igual de clásico, que por cierto guarda una sorpresa al final, siendo a mi criterio controversial, directo y... explosivo.
½ July 12, 2015
Convoluted and kind of dull. That was a big disappointment for me... What happened Depalma? Seems like he was trying (unsuccessfully) to duplicate his Carrie success...
January 1, 2015
The script is a little ragged in the first 30 minutes or so, but settles down afterwards, and although Brian DePalma is not quite at his peak yet, his style and mood is certainly recognisable in the direction and it's a fairly enjoyable mystery-horror.
December 1, 2014
A ridiculous piece of hokum that splices big budget horror, conspiracy thrillers and a generous helping of James Bond, with De Palma's obligatory big set pieces and an explosive (in more ways than one) finale
½ November 20, 2014
Thrilling and outlandish, suspenseful and campy, stylish but fantastical, "The Fury" was Brian De Palma's follow-up to the massively successful "Carrie"; in some ways, "The Fury"'s adventuresome aesthetic is more rollicking and fun than it deserves to be. De Palma seems to be completely aware that the film has a slightly silly premise, but instead of trying to play it cool and ignore the inefficiencies in the plot, he makes every scene more action-packed and sensational. The strokes are broad, but in the end, it's quite a Monet: from far away, it's superiorly impressive, even if it is a bit messy the closer you look.
While vacationing with his son, Robin (Andrew Stevens), and associate Childress (an excellently sinister John Cassavetes), Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) is shocked to find himself in the middle of a terrorist attack; a terrorist attack, it turns out, that has been staged by Childress in an elaborate attempt to kidnap Robin. Robin possesses strange telekinetic powers, powers that could act as a sort of nuclear weapon. Childress, being one of those all-too-authoritative government types, sees the potential.
In the meantime, a teenage girl, Gillian (Amy Irving), discovers that she has psychic powers that are eerily similar to Robin's. She enrolls at the Paragon Institute for Psychic Research in order to get in touch with her newfound identity. But just a few weeks after she arrives, she begins having a series of visions. In those visions, she finds that Robin, who she has never met, stayed at the Paragon Institute himself, and is in grave danger. The man behind it all? Childress.
"The Fury" has a good guy/bad guy theme at its front and center, and it works remarkably well. It's like James Bond vs. Goldfinger or Tippi Hedren vs. The Birds. The villain wants death and destruction, and in return, the main mission of the entire movie is to stop them. All we know is that Childress wants to utilize Robin and Gillian's powers for nefarious purposes, and that makes him absolutely terrifying.
The plot is convoluted and riddled with plot-holes, but De Palma gives us so much to look and feel at that we don't have time to process what we're watching. In a tastefully melodramatic escape, Gillian and Hester (Carrie Snodgress) run away from the Paragon Institute, with Peter waiting in an escape car. The entire scene is shot in slow motion, drawing out the tension and making every moment more precious. It's effective, even if it is slightly campy.
"The Fury" looks and feels like a standard thriller; its supernatural undertone makes the events even more exasperating because they're shot as if they could really happen. If there was ever an underdog director of the '70s, it'd be De Palma. "Carrie" is a great film, but his contributions to filmmaking are extraordinary. It's rare to have an artist that can make even the most routine movies turn into something exciting and new.
October 3, 2014
Absolutely some of the worst acting ever.
½ September 3, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

(1978) The Fury

I like to think this movie inspired popular novelist Stephen King's 1979 "The Dead Zone" and then 1980 "Fire starter" since it was made one year earlier prior from the novel written for it's pessimistic view on psychic phenomenon, and would include "Carrie" in the mix since it's more of a horror film. The movie stars Kirk Douglas as Peter Sandza who's just been set up by a friend who happens to be working alongside a high ranking official for the exploitation of his son, Robin(Andrew Stevens) since he has psychic abilities. So Peter goes on an obsessive hunt to get his son back. And he can't do it without the help of another person who consists to have the same abilities as Robin. This person is Gillian Bellaver(Amy Irving) who's somehow locked up in an institution who can't control their psychic abilities. Carrie Snodgress also stars as Hester who happens to work in the same institution where Gillian is being treated in.

Aforementioned, it's strictly for fans of Brian DePalma but for others it leaves with many questions than it gives viewers any answers, such as viewers are not sure what kind of psychic abilities Robin and Gillian consist of since some is seeing a course of events between past and current, and they're other times they're able to levitate or move things. It is only known for being the first film to pave the way for serious psychic movies.

2 out of 4 stars
August 28, 2014
Melodramatic and slow with the combination - under the act of derivation - of John Wayne's "The Searchers" in the failed goal of plot and director Brian De Palma's previous telekinesis project "Carrie" with the blood. The effects of telekinesis on film was amazing at that time, but the amazement is covered by blood and melodrama. (B-)
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