Misanthropic novelist John Morlar (Richard Burton) is possessed with the power to move objects and cause the death of anyone who stands in his way.
When Morlar is left in a critical state after being savagely beaten in his flat, French exchange detective Brunel (Lino Ventura) seeks out Morlar’s psychiatrist Dr Zonfeld (Lee Remick) to research Morlar’s history. But delving into Morlar’s past, Brunel unearths chilling evidence of his destructive telekinetic powers, from the deaths of his nanny and parents, to the burning down of his boarding school and the crashing of a passenger airliner over London.
Convinced of his powers, Brunel learns Morlar’s next target is Minister Cathedral and the assembled Commonwealth Heads of State, including the Queen. But it’s only when Brunel fails to avert that disaster that he discover the true horror of Morlar’s power is YET to happen…
Directed by Jack Gold (TV’s The Naked Civil Servant) from a script by Oscar winner John Briley (Gandhi), this screen adaptation of Peter Van Greenaway’s 1975 novel combines Omen-styled supernatural suspense with the thrilling action of an Irwin Allen disaster movie. Cynics might chuckle, but The Medusa Touch is trashy fun that offers the rich purring of Richard Burton, a spectacular collapsing cathedral, and a starry cast.
THE UK BLU-RAY RELEASE
The film is presented by Network Distributing, as part of The British Film collection, in a shiny new High Definition transfer made from original film elements in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio, and features the following special features which were originally included on the 2006 Special Edition DVD.