Altered States

Altered States

Ken Russell (1980)

98min
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Review

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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.

Cast & Crew

Eddie Jessup William Hurt
Emily Jessup Blair Brown
Arthur Rosenberg Bob Balaban
Mason Parrish Charles Haid
Eccheverria Thaao Penghlis
Primal man Miguel Godreau
Sylvia Rosenberg Dori Brenner
Hobart Peter Brandon
The Brujo Charles White Eagle
Margaret Jessup Drew Barrymore
Grace Jessup Megan Jeffers
Director Ken Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD