Altered States

Altered States (1980)

Genres - Science Fiction, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi, Creature Film  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 1980 (USA)  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Matthew Tobey

In this 1980 sci-fi horror film, William Hurt plays Eddie Jessup, a scientist obsessed with discovering mankind's true role in the universe. To this end, he submits himself to a series of mind-expanding experiments. By enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs, Jessup hopes to explore different levels of human consciousness, but instead is devolved into an apelike monster. Director Ken Russell helmed Altered States from a script by Paddy Chayefsky, who adapted his own novel of the same name. Unhappy with the finished product, Chayefsky had his name replaced with his pseudonym Sydney Aaron.



science-runs-amok, obsession, scientist, experiment, mutant, drugs, rescue, hallucination, repression, roommate, writing, consciousness, sexual-fantasy, woman, homemaker


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