The Medusa Touch

THE MEDUSA TOUCH (18)
D: Jack Gold 
Warner Bros./ITC (Jack Gold)
UK/France 1978
105 mins
 
Thriller/Horror
 
W: John Briley [based on the novel by Peter Van Greenaway]
DP: Arthur Ibbetson
Ed: Anne V. Coates & Ian Crafford
Mus: Michael J. Lewis
 
Richard Burton (John Morlar), Lino Ventura (Brunel), Lee Remick (Dr. Zonfeld), Michael Hordern (Atropous), Gordon Jackson (Dr. Johnson)
 
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 clichéd, upbeat ending tacked on.
7/10

Richard Burton in The Medusa Touch
Richard Burton in The Medusa Touch