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The Medusa Touch Reviews

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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.
December 6, 2009
Great cast make the most of it.
½ October 13, 2009
Richard Burton is always great to watch, and he puts his commanding presence to good work here as the increasingly unstable and unsettling subject of this film. While the movie ends on a good note (read: high body count and some creepy shots), the first two thirds of this film do not feel like something you would watch if you wanted to be scared. I have to knocked my rating down a little since there were some plot holes and unaddressed questions. I also kept wondering why they made the main character French when the movie is set in England.
Super Reviewer
October 3, 2009
Hogwash telepathy melodrama. Burton looks like hell and acts bored, Lee Remick looks great but her part is a waste of her time as the picture is a waste of yours.
July 27, 2009
a mixture of criminal, horror and fantastic movie with ending which leaves you thinking.
Super Reviewer
½ June 15, 2009
An underrated Sci-Fi jewel that is well directed and cast. This is a dark, powerful, haunting and intelligent psychological thriller.
April 3, 2009
This is one of my absolute favorites. Highly recommended...:)
February 16, 2009
funny, not so scary.
November 2, 2008
i saw this as a kid on tv and it scared the crap out of me such a good movie
July 12, 2008
Hey, this stars Lee Remick so it has to get five stars from me. Unusual, eerie, dark film, not well-known but certainly worth watching.
June 20, 2008
Wonderfully overwrought slice of 1970s British supernatural horror, with a fine cast, grand central conceit and the courage and conviction to see things through to the very end, in a most grisy, satisfying fashion.

John Morlar (played with bitter relish by the late Richard Burton) is a man who in his own words has "the power to create catastrophe." He can will things to happen; cause disease and disaster at a whim, and end the lives of anyone who wrongs him. Is his power telekinesis? Demonic possession? An incredible series of coincedences?

The film opens with Morlar's attempted murder at the hands of an unknown assailant. As his attack is investigated, by Inspector Brunel, played by Lino Ventura as a kind of anti-Clouseau, the inspector's investigations lead him to Morlar's journals, and then to his psychiatrist and slowly he begins to understand the precise magnitude of the events unfolding around him.

With Morlar hospitalised throughout, his character is explored through a series of flashback sequences, acting out the anecdotes one by one as Brunel discovers them. This dual-story structure is undeniably clunky and amateurish, but at the same time does the job. Little 11 year-old Morlar is just as frightening as his middle-aged counterpart.

It also becomes clear that the script was written largely as a means to have the redoubtable Richard Burton utter an increasingly bitter series of savage monologues in that fantastic, gravelly portentous voice of his. That said, these speeches are the undoubted high point of the film; venomous, furious tirades against humanity, a sweaty, eye-rolling tour de force from the man in question. His short-lived stint as a defence lawyer, which sees him launch into a floridly impassioned rant against war and man's love of war is unabashedly hilarious.

By the time Brunel realises the truth, at around the same time that the audience realises, the film has jumped, feet-first into a ludicrously overblown, but at the same time incredibly satisfying and anarchic climax. Who doesn't enjoy the thought of the queen, members of parliament and heads of the church all being crushed to death under a collapsing cathedral?

Other delights to be savoured throughout include the destruction of London's Centre Point Tower, a failed American Moon mission and one of the most realistic, chilling suicide scenes ever filmed.

The film's cheap feel, and drab, corduroy '70s ambience adds no end to the atmosphere of underlying dread, and a brilliantly bleak denouement (that cries out for a sequel, which fortunately, never came) is the icing on the cake. Well worth seeing for fans of quirky British horror.
May 20, 2008
Visto quando ero molto piccolo, vale la pena riprovare... Burton dà una marcia in più a questo soggetto originale
April 25, 2008
Great concept, good script, well directed.

A really cool thriller.
Super Reviewer
April 16, 2008
Absolute belter of a film. The plane crash sequence was brialliant for its time and Burtons acting was excellent.
April 3, 2008
Burton is a reluctant telekinetic who can kill peole with a look, and his powers expand until he causes massive disasters. It is a bit of a TV movie, but taken seriously by both Burton and Lino Ventura the detective who pursues him. It is kind of a low key "The Omen" with a tendency to tell rather than show, unfortunately. It also reminds of the Ursula K. Le Guin novel whose central character's dreams can change reality. Worth a rent.
½ March 29, 2008
Quite a bleak film, and an interesting take on the psychic powers theme.
March 6, 2008
Fanta-thriller-catastrofico un po' troppo caotico, troppo lento, ma sempre godibile per gli amanti del genere. Richard Burton è uno scrittore misantropo e taciturno, con il potere di causare immani catastrofi solamente con la forza del pensiero. E tutto questo disteso tranquillamente in coma sul letto di un ospedale. Immaginatevi il resto. Notevole per gli effetti speciali la scena del crollo dell'abbazia di Westminster.
January 25, 2008
Richard Burton plus Westminster Cathederal collapsing. What more do you want!
½ January 12, 2008
I remember watching this on TV in the late 1970s and loving it. Obviously recent events make this less supernatural and somehow more terrifying. Richard Burton gives one of the better performances of his latter years. Brilliant stuff.
December 18, 2007
An intense and powerful movie that came and went in the 70's as part of a double bill. Some truly chilling scenes and the intrigue builds nicely, it works as a whodunnit and as a supernatural thriller. Excellent special effects too. There's one scene in particular which leaves you aching to find out what was said, BUT YOU NEVER FIND OUT! AAAAGH!
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