- 1 hr 26 min
Baffled is a supernatural thriller movie from 1972 featuring Leonard Nimoy, Susan Hampshire, and Rachel Roberts. This movie follows the story of Tom Kovack (Nimoy), a famous racing driver, who also possesses supernatural abilities of precognition. Kovack begins to experience terrifying nightmares that he tries to brush off as merely troubling dreams. However, he eventually realizes that these nightmares are premonitions of real-life events that will occur in the not-too-distant future. Kovack has no control over this ability, which makes him uneasy and fearful of the consequences. He seeks the help of the parapsychologist, Dr. Marli Renfro (Hampshire), to understand his ability and its implications. Renfro is a professional skeptic, who initially dismisses Kovack's claims as mere coincidence. But Renfro soon realizes that Kovack's visions are genuine and that a more powerful and malevolent force is at play. Together they embark on a journey to unravel the mystery behind Kovack's nightmares. The journey takes them to England, where Kovack is to participate in a famous car race. However, the paranormal events start to intensify as they discover a link between Kovack's visions and a series of gruesome murders that have taken place in the area. As the race day approaches, Kovack becomes increasingly aware of the dangers looming ahead, even as he struggles to fit in the fast-paced world of car racing. Adding to the complexity of the narrative, Kovack is drawn to a beautiful but enigmatic woman, Michele Brent (Roberts), who seems to know more about Kovack's past than she is letting on. As they delve deeper into the mystery, Renfro begins to drop her skeptical facade, and Kovack tries to come to terms with his abilities, which are both a blessing and a curse. In the end, the mystery of Kovack's visions is revealed, and the movie comes to a dramatic climax in a thrilling car chase sequence through the winding roads of England. The cinematography of the movie is genuinely breathtaking, with stunning panoramas of the English countryside. Baffled is a suspenseful and engaging film, with fantastic performances by the lead cast. Leonard Nimoy delivers a charismatic performance as the tormented hero, and Susan Hampshire does an excellent job at portraying the skeptical but ultimately empathetic researcher. The strong chemistry between the two leads adds depth to the story and keeps the plot moving forward. Coupled with a haunting soundtrack, the movie is an unforgettable journey into the paranormal. In conclusion, Baffled is an overlooked gem from the '70s and is a must-watch for fans of supernatural suspense movies. It's a gripping storyline, excellent performances, and arresting visuals make it a satisfying cinematic experience.