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The Medusa Touch (1978)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1978 (UK)
Psychological thriller about a telekinetic novelist who causes disasters simply by thinking about them.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

John Briley (screenplay), Peter Van Greenaway (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Burton ... John Morlar
Lino Ventura ... Detective-inspector Brunel
Lee Remick ... Dr. Zonfeld
Harry Andrews ... Assistant Commissioner
Alan Badel ... Quinton - Barrister
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Patricia Morlar
Jeremy Brett ... Edward Parrish
Michael Hordern ... Altropos - Fortune Teller
Gordon Jackson ... Dr. Johnson
Michael Byrne ... Sergeant Duff
Derek Jacobi ... Moulton - John's publisher
Robert Lang ... Pennington
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Mrs. Pennington
John Normington ... Mr. Copley - John's schoolmaster
Robert Flemyng ... Judge McKinley
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Storyline

John Morlar is watching the British television broadcast when an anchorman states that American astronauts are trapped in orbit around the moon. Suddenly someone in Morlar's room picks up a figurine and strikes him on the head repeatedly. His blood splatters the television screen. A French police inspector, Brunel, arrives at Morlar's apartment to begin an investigation. At first he thinks Morlar is dead, but soon he hears him breathe. At the hospital, Morlar is hooked up to life support systems, one machine in particular monitors the activity of his battered brain. Brunel discovers that Morlar has been in psychological analysis because of his history of being witness to many disasters, other people's disasters. Dr. Zonfeld, Morlar's analyst, explains that Morlar's delusions had begun when he was a child. He believed that he had caused a hated nanny's death. Morlar's childhood delusions were reinforced at a resort when he overheard his parents discussing him with disapproval. When his... Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Richard Burton is the man with the medusa touch ... he has the power to create catastrophe.

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

1978 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

O Toque da Medusa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of a number of films which were part of a cycle of pictures involving ESP / telekinesis made during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The films include Carrie (1976), Patrick (1978), Zapped! (1982), Scanners (1981), Firestarter (1984), Modern Problems (1981) The Fury (1978), and The Medusa Touch (1978). See more »

Goofs

When passing the 747 wreckage in the street, a thrust vector nozzle from a Harrier Jump Jet is prominent. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Johnson: [sees Brunel] Oh, Inspector Brunel, what a pain in the derrière you're being.
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Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.6 (2011) See more »

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Dark psychological thriller
13 August 2002 | by Mikew3001See all my reviews

"The Medusa Touch" is a typical seventies "devil conspiracy" movie like the popular "The Exorcist" and "The Omen" series combined with the typical paranoia and disaster movies between "Earthquake" and "Airport". The late Richard Burton plays an obsessed psychic who tries to convince a psychiatrist (Lee Remick) of his demonic power to kill people and to cause disasters just by the strength of his thoughts. Being a victim of an assassination and a coma patient in a hospital, his mad thoughts are causing even worse attacks on buildings that are causing the death of hundreds of people. French cop Lino Ventura, working as a guest policeman in London, tries to find out the mystery of Burton's dark life.

Although there's not much action, this horror movie is thrilling and dominated by the convincing performances of the actors. There is a sinister atmosphere of terror and paranoia all around, and you expect the unexpected in every single moment. A fine psychological terror movie in typical seventies style that is worth being watched!


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