Picks and Pans Review: The Psychic
Jennifer O'Neill's once promising film career (begun a decade ago with Summer of '42) seems to have fizzled into a series of B movies, of which this is the latest. As the American wife of a rich Italian, she starts to have scary visions of torture and death—her own, it turns out. Naturally, everyone around her thinks she's nuts, so O'Neill must solve her own murder before it happens. As long as the action focuses on her desperate struggle, it's fine. But there are so many subplots and dramatic culs de sac that things quickly bog down. For those who can sit through the initial bone-crushing gore, the twist at the end is at least a shock. Another redeeming feature is O'Neill herself, who goes through as many costume changes as there are scenes and is surely one of the most gorgeous faces on the screen today. Too bad the rest of the movie isn't as enjoyable to look at. (R)
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