Anyone who has ever been separated from a can of soda by a long hallway knows what it's like to wish for telekinesis. As if in response to this almost universal wish, there have been a lot of films on the subject-ranging from horror to fantasy to something in between. Here are four of the best movies about telekinesis-the power to move objects with thought alone.
One of the first movies to deal with this strange power is Brian De Palma's "Carrie." The titular high school student is a social outcast who virtually every other student at Bates High School delights in either tormenting or ignoring completely. Both of those pursuits become significantly more difficult, however, once Carrie discovers an ability to create waves of carnage and destruction just by focusing her mind. The climactic slaughter of her classmates at prom is one of the best set-pieces in horror history.
De Palma went back to the telekinetic well with "The Fury," another thriller that is about teenage telekinetics-only this time the movie takes the form of an espionage thriller rather than high school horror. Kirk Douglas plays a father to one of those telekinetics, and John Cassavetes plays an unscrupulous agent who will stop at nothing to control him. Douglas, Cassavetes-you don't need mind-powers to know that the scenery is going to be seriously chewed up by the end.
Another espionage-tinted thriller about telekinesis is David Cronenberg is famous for depicting scenes of bodily horror, and the famous scene in which one telekinetic forces another man's head to explode through will-power is justifiably one of his most famous. The rest of the movie is pretty good, too-with taut suspense and Cronenberg's trademark chilly atmosphere.
The "X-Men" Movies
Of course, in a world where some individuals, mutants, are gifted with incredible powers, telekinesis is a lot less interesting. Still, one of the main characters of the "X-Men" series is Jean Grey, who has the telekinetic power we're here to discuss. Of course in the third entry of the series, that power explodes into unprecedented levels, turning Grey into the murderous Phoenix who kills many of her former teammates. Think of it as "Carrie" vs "The X-Men."