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Altered States

  • 1980
  • Ken Russell
  • 98 mins

Summary

A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Scientist William Hurt tinkers with tribal drug rituals and sensory deprivation tanks until they cause him to regress to a primitive killer-simian state of altered consciousness in this horror fantasy. The deer-eating Neanderthal man mid-section may seem too eccentric considering the deliberately over-the-top whole, but, in general, director Ken Russell power-drives his mad doctor update with trademark visual excess. Even if celebrated screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky, who also wrote the novel on which this is based, removed his name from the film in disgust, Russell's razzle-dazzle hallucinogenic style certainly hits bullseye.

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Details

Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour

Credits

Cast

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Eddie JessupWilliam Hurt
Emily JessupBlair Brown
Arthur RosenbergBob Balaban
Mason ParrishCharles Haid
EccheverriaThaao Penghlis
Primal manMiguel Godreau
Sylvia RosenbergDori Brenner
HobartPeter Brandon
The BrujoCharles White Eagle
Margaret JessupDrew Barrymore
Grace JessupMegan Jeffers

Crew

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DirectorKen Russell
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