Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Cute, isn't he?
That's Andrew Stevens in the 1978 supernatural horror film The Fury.
The Fury was directed by Brian De Palma and written by John Farris, based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Amy Irving, Charles Durning, and Andrew Stevens.
A teenage girl, Gillian Bellaver (Amy Irving), discovers that she possesses psychic powers, including telekinesis and extra-sensory perception. But that other people bleed if they touch her. She volunteers to attend the Paragon Institute, whose director, Dr. James McKeever (Charles Durning), works for a shady intelligence operative named Ben Childress (John Cassavetes). Childress has betrayed his friend Peter Sandza (Kirk Douglas) and is using Sandza's psychic son Robin (Andrew Stevens) for research into the potential weaponization of psychics.
Peter is searching for his son. With help from Gillian and from Peter's girlfriend Hester (Carrie Snodgress), who works at Childress' clinic, he tracks Robin to Chicago. Childress's ruthless experiments have damaged the young man's mind and rendered him insane. The boy and Peter both die within minutes of their reunion. As he dies, Robin has some form of psychic contact with Gillian. When Childress tries to persuade Gillian to accept his "help," she finally embraces her psychic abilities and, to avenge Peter's and Robin's deaths, kills him by exploding him from the inside out.
The film was a relatively big hit at the time, although it is barely remembered today.