Altered States (1980)

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When he heard his cry for help it wasn't human

Directed By Ken Russell Ken Russell Starring William Hurt William Hurt  •  Blair Brown Blair Brown  •  Charles Haid Charles Haid  •  Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore  •  Thaao Penghlis Thaao Penghlis Genres Body Horror  •  Horror  •  Mindbender  •  Monster Film  •  Psychological Horror  •  Psychological Sci-Fi  •  Sci-Fi Horror  •  Science Fiction Studios &
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Release Info 1980-12-25T00:00:00Z December 25, 1980
Color  •  102 minutes R Rated R
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Ufhamlet on 1/8/2020 Reply  · 

This one really stuck with me. It's far too ambitious on every front. The far-fetched concept, the psycho-babble-ridden script, the overbaked visual effects, the overacting around every corner. But something about all that excess comes together in a way that drowns the eyes, ears and mind uniformly. Which really aligns with the premise perfectly. When compared with other contemporary trippy body horror films (Goldblum's The Fly, Jacob's Ladder, The Howling), it has its own place among its peers, and after first watch, I think I prefer it to the others.

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