The Psychic (1977)
Not Rated Dir: Lucio Fulci | Severin Films | 97 min.

Review By: Fusion3600 | January 28th, 2012

Plot: What’s it about?

Virginia (Jennifer O’Neill) has been experiencing unusual visions, strange images that flash into her mind. This isn’t the first time she has had such visions however, as she also had them as a child. In her youth, she had a horrific vision of her mother killing herself and in a tragic twist, the vision proved to be prophetic. So now she wonders what these new visions could mean, as the images don’t seem to connect to her own life. When she visits an old mansion that belongs to her husband, she notices things from her visions and soon, uncovers a skeleton hidden inside a wall. The police don’t believe her psychic visions claim, so they arrest her husband and Virginia has to investigate on her own. But can she use her visions to discover the truth about the skeleton and clear her husband, or will she lose another loved one?

While most famous for his blood soaked horror movies, Lucio Fulci directed films in numerous genres. In the case of The Psychic, Fulci crafted a tight thriller with a supernatural slant. The gore fiend in me loves his movies like Zombie and The New York Ripper, but The Psychic is one of the director’s finest efforts. This movie is loaded with genuine tension, so each scene is filled with a sense of palpable dread. A few scenes really ramp up the tension, but the entire film has a tangible texture of fear, so the atmosphere is eerie from start to finish. The pace is effective also, so the tension builds and builds, until we reach the conclusion, which proves to be memorable and worthwhile. The cast is solid across the board, but Jennifer O’Neill carries most of the weight and does so with a good performance. The Psychic is a very good thriller and for fans of Fulci or giallo in general, the movie is worth a look, especially in this uncut, remastered release from Severin Films.

Video: How does it look?

The Psychic is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. I found this to be a solid presentation, on par with expectations and superior to the other home video incarnations I’ve seen. The print is in good shape, but does have a soft overall presence and colors seem a touch faded. But these are not major concerns, as the image has decent crispness and colors look passable, they’re just not as vivid as I anticipated. In the end, I think this is a good transfer that fans will appreciate.

Audio: How does it sound?

A capable, if forgettable mono soundtrack is included. I do think the volume here is too low, so you’ll need to crank it up, but at least the level is consistent. So once you turn it up, you won’t be deafened by sudden increases in volume, the mix just seems lower than most. The English dub isn’t terrible, but as expected there are some synch issues. This is unavoidable really, so while it does suck, there’s not much to be done about it.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes audio interviews that run over clips from the film, as well as the film’s theatrical trailer.

Disc Features
  • (1.85:1) Aspect Ratio
  • Video Codec: MPEG-2
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Audio Commentary
  • Deleted Scene(s)
  • Featurette
  • Documentary
  • Digital Copy
  • 1 Disc Set
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