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Altered States 1980

  • Ken Russell
  • December 25, 1980
  • 102 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
When he heard his cry for help it wasn't human
A research scientist (William Hurt) explores the boundaries and frontiers of consciousness. Using sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic mixtures from native American shamans, he explores these altered states of consciousness and finds that memory, time, and perhaps reality itself are states of mind.


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Spoiler Alert2016-07-17T10:31:11-07:00— updated 2016-07-28T16:50:38-07:00

Started off good with many interesting themes. It's a slow building horror but it's not bad. The movie turned into an average body horror movie near the end. The ape man running in the street looked like a hairy flash dance rather than a primal creature. The ending relied on effects to make a point rather than story telling. What happened to all those undeveloped themes. In the end some characters ended up being right about things they'd said in the past, and that's about it.

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One of the rare movies made from a book that is as good as the source. Helped shape the way I looked at movies ever since.

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