ABC Film Challenge – Horror – F- The Fury (1978) Movie Review

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: John Farris (Screenplay)

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning, Amy Irving, Fiona Lewis, Andrew Stevens, Carol Eve Rossen

Plot: A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use his mental powers for evil.


Tagline – An experience in terror and suspense.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Fury starts when CIA agent Peter (Douglas) comes under attack while on holiday with his son Robin (Stevens), seeing his son taken by a group of terrorists and former friend Childress (Cassavetes). Peter must go on the run, as he searches for his son, leading him to make a new connection.

Gillian (Irving) is a young woman that starts to notice her abilities as a psychic, with her powers getting more powerful, she starts having visions of Robin, leading to Peter needing to track her down if he is ever going to see his son again.

Thoughts on The Fury

ThoughtsThe Fury is a horror sci-fi film that will blend the ideas of psychic abilities with the action involved in trying to locate a missing child. This is a story that is filled with conspiracies, showing how governments can operate in secret, trying to put people through a living hell, one where they can’t do anything to escape. This story will keep us guessing, while using the technology at the time to understand psychic abilities, or communicate in secret, something that wouldn’t happen in this modern world. The performances in the film are great with Kirk Douglas being the determined and broken man desperately wanting his son back, Amy Irving struggling to adapt to her new abilities after seeing what can happen around her. The bigger picture does feel like it dives into the panic within America about mind control within the government, which is something we would have seen at the time of release. This is a smart and clever idea that will leave you questioning who could be trusted in life.

Final Thoughts The Fury is a disturbing thriller, showing the dangers of psychic abilities.

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