The Medusa Touch
is a British film
released in 1978. It starred Richard Burton
), Lee Remick
(Zonfeld), Lino Ventura
(Brunel), Harry Andrews
(Assistant Commissioner), Michael Hordern
(psychic), Derek Jacobi
(Morlar's publisher), Gordon Jackson
(surgeon) and Jeremy Brett
(Parrish). The screenplay
was by John Briley
, based on the novel The Medusa Touch
by Peter Van Greenaway
, and the film was directed
by Jack Gold
film review; February 8, 1978; page 18.
A French detective, Brunel, is on an exchange scheme in London
. He is assigned to investigate the murder of novelist John Morlar. As they examine the crime scene, the policemen find that the victim is actually still alive in spite of his severe injuries and have him rushed to hospital.
With the help of Morlar's journals and Dr. Zonfeld, a psychiatrist
whom the author had started visiting, Brunel reconstructs Morlar's past life. Seen in flashback
, it is filled with inexplicable catastrophes, including the tragic deaths of people he disliked or who offended him.
Morlar is, in fact, a psychic with powerful telekinetic
abilities. Disgusted at the world (in his 1988 book Nightmare Movies
, Kim Newman
described Morlar's dialogue as "incredibly misanthropic
"), Morlar has caused two recent disasters: an airliner crash and the loss of a manned spacecraft.
From his hospital bed, he manages to bring down a cathedral on the... Read More