Sunday, 5 August 2012

5 Telekinetic Films Flying Right at You

At one time or another we've all tried moving things with our mind.  The power of telekinesis would make life so much easier, if we could just harness that power.  No more getting up for a beer, no more lifting with the knees and no more typing with fingers. 

I wanted to do something simple like a 5 psychic horror films but as I got into it more, I saw that there was more to it than just being psychic.  I guess I should have saw that coming.  Anyway, after watching a few titles I realized that some films, have psychics that are evil but most were good psychics trying to help mankind stop it's enemies.  Then I remembered in the 80's when the horror franchises were throwing in these psychic leading ladies to stop Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers.  This trend came to an end in the 90's, and the only psychics you could find were on talk shows and 1-800 phone lines.

So, I went with evil psychics and here 5 Telekinetic Films Flying Right at You:

5. Village of the Damned (1960) - Everyone in the small village of Midwich falls a sleep for several hours, only to wake up and learn months later, that all their ladies have been impregnated. A few years later,  the village is filled with little blonde kids with creepy eyes, who roam in packs and can read their parents minds.  Professor Gordon Zellaby, his wife Anthea and the rest of the village must find a way to stop these children before they become to powerful and take over the world, but how?!?!?!  Great film, George Sanders, former Hitchcock regular, does a terrific job as Gordon Zellaby, who is torn between being a father and saving the human race.  You'll recognize a number of classic scenes which have been spoofed in many sitcoms, like the Simpsons or SNL.  John Carpenter even took a crack recreating this film bu ended up with poor results.  Stick with the original and watch it without the kids, they may be one of them.

4. Scanners (1981) - A homeless Cameron Vale is picked up by the police and brought to Dr. Paul Ruth because Vale seems to have an unusual psychic ability.  Dr. Ruth at ConSec, a corporation that just happens to work with these psychic types that they call "scanners".  Coincidentally, ConSec is holding a demonstration for the military brass and other big wigs to show that their scanners can work covert operations.  They ask for a volunteer from the audience and a man walks up to the stage.  He is then asked a question and while the ConSec scanner is trying to read his mind, the volunteer totally punks him and blows the ConSec scanner's head apart.  You've been scanned, bitch!  The room flees and ConSec realizes that the volunteer was Darryl Revok, one of the most powerful scanners in the world, leader of the scanner underground and all around bad dude.  Luckily, Dr. Ruth has just found another powerful scanner, Cameron Vale and asks him to search the evil Darryl Revok, so that scanners can live in harmony with the rest of the world.  Cameron, who thinks this is a way better gig then eating peoples unwanted hot dog reminents at the mall, joins the good fight and even though he's not trained at all, searches to find the evil and powerful Revok.  Cronenberg serves up a another slice of Canadian horror with this chilling film. Patrick McGoohan (Danger Man, The Prisoner) is excellent as Dr. Ruth and Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall, The Littlest Hobo, Danger Bay) was the face of evil in the late 70's and 80's.  The story is great and there are some excellent gory psychic battles.   Fun movie, worth checking out, but you knew that.
3. Patrick (1978) - One evening while listening to his mother and her boyfriend making out in a bathtub in the next room, Patrick gets up and electrocutes them. Fast forward 3 years later, Patrick is in a coma (?) and Kathy Jacquard is being hired to take care of him.  Miss Jacquard assures Matron Cassidy that she is not a lesbian, nymphomaniac, enema specialist or anything else that the Roget Clinic attracts and is hired on the spot.  She meets Dr. Roget and brought up to meet Patrick.  We find out the Kathy is recently divorced and her new nurse friend has just the right guy to hook her up with.  However, Patrick has already fell smitten to Kathy and with his special ability tries to drown her new beau at the party.  Kathy starts communicating with Patrick at the hospital using a typewriter and a Morse code like spitting technique.  Also, Patrick likes it when she rubs his area to make sure he has some vital signs. Unfortunately, Patrick only does these things for her and the rest of the staff think that Kathy's a loon and is let go.  Patrick gets mad and starts killing and trapping people Kathy loves and works with.  This movie is pretty bumpy and doesn't make sense sometimes.  It's pretty slow and there are a couple of good scenes but it seems to focus more on Kathy and her love life than it does on Patrick.  I know this has won a few awards but it wasn't as scary as I was expecting.  Also, I didn't know that Goblin only did the Italian version because even though Brian May (not Queen) is very talented, I would have preferred the Goblin score. blah
2. Chronicle (2012) - Andrew Detmer is a poor nerdy teen with an abusive dad, dying mother and has recently bought a video camera, which he must now obsessively video tape everything he does.  His only friend is his cousin Matt, who is around the same age and goes to the same high school.  One night, Matt convinces Andrew to go to a rave with him, so he goes, gets bored and as he's leaving runs into Matt and the most popular kid in school, Steve.  They ask him to come video tape some mysterious hole in the ground, he says sure and before you know it they're underground standing in front of this huge energy crystal type thing.  Being teens, they're touching it and the camera cuts out.  Weeks later, the discover that they have telekinetic powers and start honing their skills.  However, the darker side of Andrew begins to show as they become more powerful and he begins to seek revenge on the other people who have hurt him or made him an outcast.  I didn't think I was going to like this film at first because I not a huge fan of POV filming but director Josh Trank takes an overused technique and makes it fresh again.  I liked watching the characters building their powers, learning how to use them and eventually realizing that they can they can use it for good...and evil.  The cast is great and it's also a nice spin on the already oversaturated superhero market.  Good film, you'll be super surprised.  
1. Carrie (1976) - Carrie White is having a shower after gym class and has her period.  Even though she is 16, she doesn't know what's happening, freaks out and begs the other girls in the change room to help her.  Her classmates being very sympathetic, push her back into the shower, pelt her with tampons and chant "Plug it up!"  The gym teacher, Miss Collins reprimands the ladies and helps Carrie get changed, brings her to the office and she is sent home for the rest of the day.  When she gets home, she asks her god fearing, bible thumping mother, why she wasn't told about having a period and her mother responds with something about evil and sin.  Carrie is then locked in a closet and forced to pray for hours and then sent to her room.  While in her room, she notices that she has a new ability to move things with her mind.  At school, Miss Collins punishes the girls for what they did to Carrie with exercise (nooooo!) and when Chris Hargensen gets fed up with it, she receives a slap in the face and her prom tickets revoked. Meow, 70's education got to love it.  Chris is pissed, so her and her friends come up with a plan to pay back Carrie White for having her period and not knowing what it was. So, they get high school heart throb, Tommy Ross to ask Carrie out, get some pigs blood and start their evil plan to humiliate Carrie White.  However, they don't know that Carrie is getting pretty handy with her telekinesis powers, isn't taking shit from her mother anymore and if messed with, there could be a hell of a payback.  This was the first Stephen King novel to be adapted for the big screen and director Brian De Palma does a fantastic job fleshing it out.  Stellar cast with Sissy Spacek as Carrie, Piper Laurie as her mother, Nancy Allen, John Travolta and even PJ Soles is in this film! (I love PJ Soles) The pacing of the film is slow but it really builds momentum for the ending which is fantastic and probably the dream of anybody who has ever been picked on at high school.  Great movie and definite must see!

I don't know if psychic abilities really exist, if people can really read other peoples mind, move objects or even blow up goats but I'd like to think that there some way, I could stop going to work and make money using my mind.

1 comment:

  1. I love these picks! I own each film with the exception of Patrick. Cool post. Keep 'em coming!