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½ October 25, 2016
Despite some cheesy special effects and gaping plot holes, the performances of the three leads are riveting. John Molar is every bit as evil as Hannibal Lector or Keyser Soze, but with a power beyond even Darth Vader's.
January 25, 2016
One of my all time favourites!
Medusa touch has a riveting story and an amazing storyteller converged together.
½ November 28, 2014
Intriguing "horror" movie. Not exactly your average horror movie in that it involves the world of telekinesis. Also, it is as much a crime-mystery drama as a supernatural thriller.

Set up is very interesting. The subject matter is plausible, and the murder / attempted murder adds mystery. Also introduces a few interesting themes: use and abuse of special powers, vengeance / vigilantism, bitterness.

However, from a point it loses its intrigue and becomes reasonably mundane and predictable. The culprit was fairly obvious, so the whodunnit part gets drawn out too long. The movie becomes an action-thriller, a race-against-time. Ending is interesting but a pity the intrigue, mystery and menace could not be sustained throughout the movie.

Great performance by Richard Burton in the lead role. He has the perfect voice and gravitas for the role. Good support from Lino Ventura and Lee Remick.
October 23, 2014
Part whodunit, part apocalyptic disaster flick.
Richard Burton stars as a writer who can not only predict the future, he holds the belief that he can create it, especially disasters, by the use of his telekinetic abilities.
The film opens with him being bludgeoned to near death in his home while watching a news bulletin about a lunar mission gone wrong, a French detective investigates the assault, but even from comatose state in a hospital bed there still remains a threat of impending danger.
There's a handful of good performances, especially Lee Remick as a psychiatrist, but Richard Burton is practically limited to a cameo appearance. The visual effects and most of the elements of the production are very good considering the age of the film, and overall it's worthy of a cult following.
It's somewhat surprising that this hasn't been through the Hollywood remake machine, with a cliched, upbeat ending tacked on.
September 26, 2014
Sooooooooooooooooo gooooooooooddddd, watched twice back to back
½ August 28, 2014
Watchable 70's thriller about the telekinetic powers of a bitter man
½ August 26, 2014
Old school, Burton at his menacing best, strange its never been remade.
½ January 15, 2014
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...
January 13, 2014
Someone brutally assaults a creepy English writer (Richard Burton, looking quite menacing in a series of flashbacks) and a French police inspector (Lino Ventura) on loan to Scotland Yard investigates why the assault took place. He is aided in his enquiries by an American psychiatrist (Lee Remick). What does burton's character have to do with a jumbo jet crash in London and a tragic U.S. space mission? Very creepy and atmospheric late 1970s horror/Sci-Fi thriller that did well in its native UK but bombed in North America. I saw it on CBC television in the mid-1980s and it made enough of an impression on me that I acquired the Blu-Ray disc recently. Lots of very familiar British actors in supporting roles including a young, almost unrecognizable Derek Jacobi as a publisher with a moustache.
November 4, 2013
Scary, SHOULD be remade for Cinema.
November 4, 2013
One of my favourite films of all time!
May 8, 2013
This is a brilliant paranormal movie with a fast-paced suspenseful plot. The cast is superb with a terrific performance by Richard Burton. This is a must see thought-provoking movie filmed on location in London. Personally I think no thriller movie surpasses this one since it depends on a brilliantly talented cast without disgusting visual effects like modern movies.
½ August 25, 2012
Somewhat less compelling than my the first viewing when I was seven years old, but the premise remains strong. Extra star for Burton's voice and seeing Gordon Honeycombe again. Telekinesis will come back into fashion some day.
Super Reviewer
May 8, 2012
March 4, 2012
Burton on Burton! Siitä pisteitä aina hieman yläkanttiin!
August 27, 2011
For a B-movie from the 70s, it's not bad.
½ April 29, 2011
Dated and overly commercial psych. thriller that has good direction, an interesting cast and fx. However, this film undermines its own premise in a manner not unlike Gold's SF/Espionage piece, Who? aka Robo Man. Burton's a tormented telekinetic, Remick and Ventura take up most of the running time delving into his backstory and psyche in a predictably Freudian manner. Explaining the already established, and generally playing up sociopathic drama and moral ambiguity. Some scenes work well, including a plane crash that would not play theatrically post-9/11, an apartment jumper, and a solid cameo by Hordern as a palmist.
February 20, 2011
Love this film. Haven't caught it on TV for years. Must get the DVD.
January 26, 2011
Another souffle from Lord Grade and this one has a nice Galic tinge amid all the chasos and mayhem.
Richard Burton plays Molar a man with a unique gift for making disaters happen.
When he turns up dead in his apartment ,French Detective Lino Ventura pieces together his shocking crimes with the help of Zonfeld played by Lee Remick.
Director Jack Gold has a nice line in showing the disasters that occur including a all too real after 9/11 plane crash into a building .
Burton is good value as Molar giving a suitable air of menace and Ventura is fine as the tec on the case.
Yes the Movie is silly and the church collaspe at the end you can see bouncing bricks.
But when i was a kid this movie did give me a few scares .
Not a classic movie then but for me one that stands as evergreen
½ June 13, 2010
Richard Burton and Lee Remick are both excellent in this, and it has a bit of a 'Hammer' feel to it, which is a good thing! Storyline maintains interest throughout, and the special effects in the final scenes are effective still.
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