Brian De Palma’s follow-up to Carrie (1976) keeps the telekinetic kid but swaps tampons and girl power for a psy-spy caper.
Kirk Douglas stars as a dad whose mind-bending son is seized by shadowy spooks from the Multiphasic Operations Research Group (led by a deliciously nefarious John Cassavetes) and De Palma stages superb set pieces, including a slo-mo foot chase and a man telekinetically exploding like a watermelon.
Sadly, he doesn’t seem to care about the illogical pulp plotting and can’t match the low-rent grittiness of Cronenberg’s later Scanners (1981).
Dr Jim McKeever
Dr Ellen Lindstrom
Carol Eve Rossen
J. Patrick McNamara
Brian De Palma