- Ken Russell
- 98 mins
A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.
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.
How to Watch
- Contains violence, swearing and nudity.
- Available on
- video and DVD
|Eddie Jessup||William Hurt|
|Emily Jessup||Blair Brown|
|Arthur Rosenberg||Bob Balaban|
|Mason Parrish||Charles Haid|
|Primal man||Miguel Godreau|
|Sylvia Rosenberg||Dori Brenner|
|The Brujo||Charles White Eagle|
|Margaret Jessup||Drew Barrymore|
|Grace Jessup||Megan Jeffers|