Who has The Power? The Power to control minds, move objects, and murder by telekinesis? That’s what scientists at a space lab want to know when they realize they are targeted by one of their own – someone who possesses a superhuman power and a terrifying secret agenda. Producer George Pal brings the imagination and craft that turned his The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine into sci fi-classics to this eerie tale heightened by a suspenseful Miklos Rozsa score. The fine cast, led by George Hamilton and Suzanne Pleshette, includes two talents forever emblematic of paranoid post-war sci-fi/creature features: Michael Rennie (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and Richard Carlson (Creature from the Black Lagoon).
When I was in high school I would hang out with my friends eating pizza, playing games and watching late night movies. One night this movie called “The Power” came on starring George Hamilton and we were all riveted. The movie is about a guy who as part of an experiment gets the power to move things with his mind. That’s every kids dream (see Zapped), but the thing is, someone else also has “The Power” and is a homicidal maniac.
Now I have been looking for a copy of this film for years. One night I caught the last 5 minutes of it on TCM, but that just aggravated me more. I wanted to see the whole film again in its glory. Well luckily for me, the Warner Archive decided to release the film on DVD. I watched it last night and I have to say, I only know of George Hamilton from his creepy ultra-tan phase, but in this movie, the guy is a pretty good actor. Add to that a good supporting cast, direction Byron Haskin and a quality story that while it has been retread often, is still high quality SF, which is perfect to indulge in during the Halloween season.
The film while good is not perfect though, the effects look dated even for 1968 and the transfer, while decent, will hopefully one day get the clean up it deserves.
This is a great release from the Warner Bros Archive who keeps popping out decent title after decent title. Thankfully this one and the movie I am watching tonight came out during a great stay at home movie watching month.
The Power on DVD [@] The Warner Bros Archive