Altered States (1980)
Critic Consensus: Extraordinarily daring for a Hollywood film, Altered States attacks the viewer with its inventive, aggressive mix of muddled sound effects and visual pyrotechnics.
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as Emily Jessup
as Arthur Rosenberg
as Mason Parrish
as Primal Man
as Sylvia Rosenberg
as The Brujo
as Margaret Jessup
as Grace Jessup
as Hector Orteco
as Young Rosenberg
as Endocrinology Fellow
as Medical Technician
as Parrish's Girl
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as Dr. Wissenschaft
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Critic Reviews for Altered States
It opens at fever pitch and then starts soaring -- into genetic fantasy, into a precognitive dream of delirium and delight.
Direction by Ken Russell has energy to spare, with appropriate match-up of his baroque visual style to special effects intensive material.
There isn't a lucid moment in it (and much of the dialogue is rendered unintelligible by Russell's subversive direction), but it has dash, style, and good looks, as well as the funniest curtain line since Some Like It Hot.
[Director] Russell's noisily grandiose swipe at psychedelia embellishes what is no more than the cosily familiar story of the obsessive Scientist Who Goes Too Far and Unwittingly Unleashes, etc.
I was overwhelmed, I was caught up in its headlong energy.
Audience Reviews for Altered States
I was a little overwhelmed with all the scientific mumbo-jumbo at first but once I got an idea of what was going on I found this to be a very interesting and surprisingly creepy experience. It's quite Cronenberg-esque and reminded me of "The Fly" in some ways. Great performance too by William Hurt in his debut and Dick Smith worked his grotesque magic with the special make-up effects. Give this one a watch!
They might as well have called this "The Trip 2", like The Trip, this movie's character goes on a strange journey after doing weird experiments on himself. It's really hard to watch, and I couldn't hardly stand it. I don't recommend seeing this movie.
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