Il tocco della medusa (film di Jack Gold del 1978)

IL TOCCO DELLA MEDUSA è un film diretto da Jack Gold nel 1978 con protagonisti Lino Ventura, Lee Reemick e Richard Burton.

Lo scrittore John Morlar una sera, mentre guarda la televisione, riceve una visita ma la persona che attende, appena entrata, lo aggredisce con una statuetta riducendolo in fin di vita. Si occupa del caso un tutore della legge francese, Brunel, temporaneamente distaccato nel Regno Unito, il quale contatta la psichiatra Zonfeld che aveva in cura lo scrittore. Dopo alcune conversazioni il poliziotto sospetta fortemente della dottoressa, vedendola titubante alle sue domande, poi affiorano retroscena agghiaccianti su Morlar il quale, con la forza della telecinesi, aveva provocato morte e distruzione tali da aver causato la fine dei suoi genitori, della sua tutrice, la dispersione di un equipaggio di astronauti ed un disastro aereo. In seguito, messa alle strette, la Zonfeld confessa di aver attentato essa alla vita del pericoloso individuo ed il giorno dopo viene rinvenuta suicida da Brunel, mentre la funzione cerebrale di Morlar, in netta ripresa, pianifica il crollo della cattedrale di Westminster, delitto che il gendarme prova a sventare inutilmente così disperato si precipita in ospedale a staccare la spina dei macchinari che tengono in vita Morlar ma, quando lo stesso sembra spirare, afferra una penna e scrive su carta il nome della centrale nucleare di Windscale, obiettivo di una catastrofe irreparabile. Prima dei titoli di coda si ode inquietante la voce del carnefice che pronuncia la frase: “io sono un uomo che ha il potere di causare catastrofi”.

Girato alla fine di una decade rivoluzionaria e prolifica del genere terrore/drammatico/surreale, il film di Gold si segnala per tensione, stupore e brivido ma, a differenza di grandi classici in merito, non punta sul colpo ad effetto permeato com’è da una struttura narrativa da giallo, conservando per il finale il colpo di reni.

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