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THE FURY (1978, 118 minutes): Director Brian De Palma builds on the success of Carrie by merging its supernatural twist with a spy-world thriller like Three Days of the Condor. Screen legend Kirk Douglas is a retired spook whose son (Andrew Stevens) is kidnapped by a shady government outfit who hope to exploit the young man's ability to move stuff with his mind. Carrie's Amy Irving plays a teen with oddly familiar skills, but with the annoying side effect of making folks bleed like stuck pigs when she's having one of her psychic fits. Spartacus is determined to find his missing son and has various cat-and-mouse adventures before he finally hooks up with Carrie II, who just happens to have been having technicolor day dreams about his son and CAN'T WAIT to meet him. Once again, a seemingly conventional story leaps off the tracks into a bizarro world featuring a chick whirling around like a lawn sprinkler -- showering the walls with blood -- punctuated by an explosive jaw-dropper of an ending. CineSchlockers will remember Mr. Stevens from his franchise role in the Night Eyes films where he starred with B-siren Shannon Tweed in Part 2 and 3, but she played DIFFERENT crazed sex kittens. Kinky, huh?
Notables: No breasts. 24 corpses. Father/son wrestling on the beach. Pole vaulting. Bitch slapping. One machine gun battle. Dog attack.
Quotables: This babe was way ahead of former Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, "Good Lord, Pam. If you're that nervous, why don't you masturbate." Douglas issues a now trite spy-flick retort, "I worked for a government agency you've never heard of." Gillian emotes, "YOU GO TO HELL!!!"
Time codes: De Palma's camera lingers on Ms. Irving's bikini-clad hiney (9:10). Ultra-subtle definition of telekinesis (17:30). Dennis Franz of "N.Y.P.D. Blue" about four too many Emmy awards ago (25:34). Get a load of these state-of-the-art video games (45:25). Where those acting classes really pay off (1:05:08). The only real reason to see this one (1:54:12).
G. Noel Gross is a Dallas graphic designer and avowed Drive-In Mutant who specializes in scribbling B-movie reviews. Noel is inspired by Joe Bob Briggs and his gospel of blood, breasts and beasts.