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
Original literary source: "The Medusa Touch", horror thriller by Peter Van Greenaway, published by Gollancz, London, 1973, 255 p., ISBN: 97805750117023. See more »
As Inspector Brunel watches the TV news a close-up of the screen reveals that the caption saying "Minster Cathedral" is actually stuck on to the TV screen rather than forming part of the TV picture. The letters cast shadows on to the glass. See more »
Not the best Burton, but enough to be getting on with
Some people here have pointed out that Burton overacts in this interesting little movie. Well, they're right, but he's positively wooden here compared to his histrionics in Exorcist II The Heretic.
Burton was a superb actor, with the best speaking voice this side of Lee Marvin, who squandered his enormous talent on a string of second-rate movies and an awful lot of whisky. But don't let that put you off watching The Medusa Touch, a thought-provoking, and thoughtful thriller that poses some uncomfortable questions about the nature of evil, and man's place in a world seemingly abandoned by God. Intelligent stuff - but watch out for the polystyrene masonry bouncing around at the climax!
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