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THE MEDUSA TOUCH (1978)


This forgotten film is also our Obscure Movie of the Week, and deservedly so.  Richard Burton is a writer who seems to have mysterious powers.  When he was a child, he thought very hard about his despised parents and whaddya know, a car suddenly loses its breaks and mows them both down!  A noisy neighbor is suddenly willed to jump out of a window far from the ground.  If he gets REALLY pissed, he can make planes crash.  But this film is all told in flashback – he is clubbed almost to death in his London flat.  He’s not dead but darn close.  His brain waves are strong and French detective Lino Ventura (on loan to Scotland Yard because the French co-producers wanted a French lead) has to figure out who killed him.  Lee Remick is his psychiatrist who knows about Burton’s tall tales and claims not to believe them.  Ventura thinks he’s fighting to stay alive for a reason – could he be about to cause another catastrophe? Burton’s scenes are all in flashback and the scenes in the hospital are a body double with bandages all over his face.  Routine and humdrum, although it’s always nice to see Remick on the screen.  

INCREDIBLY OBSCURE FILM DEPARTMENT

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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