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  • Altered States (1980)

    7.42/10

    R | 1h 42min | Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy

    Published Sat., January 06, 2018

  • Altered States (1980) Release Dates

  • In Theaters: March 04, 2016
  • DVD: May 01, 2016

Altered States (1980) Plot & Synopsis

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Starring John Larroquette, Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Francis X. McCarthy, Evan Richards

Directed by Ken Russell

Synopsis: A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

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

Synopsis: It's the late 1960's. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in mystical Mexican rituals, to enhance the experience of being in the isolation tank. After initial tests, he claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state. Although unbelieving of Eddie's claims, his colleagues Arthur Rosenberg and Mason Parrish, as well as Eddie's wife, Emily, who is in her own right a respected academic, are concerned for Eddie's well being. However, if Eddie's claims are indeed true, he could do irreparable harm to himself and others around him, especially if his altered states are uncontrollable.

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

Storyline: A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

  • Altered States (1980) Movie Details

  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Writers: Paddy Chayefsky
  • Cast: John Larroquette, Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Francis X. McCarthy, Evan Richards, Bob Balaban, George Gaynes, Jack Murdock, Paul Larsson, Charles Haid, Deborah Baltzell, Hap Lawrence, John Walter Davis, Blair Brown, Susan Bredhoff, Ora Rubinstein, Eric Forst, Cynthia Burr, Adriana Shaw, Martin Fiscoe, Olivia Michelle, Thaao Penghlis, Miguel Godreau, Dori Brenner, Peter Brandon, Charles White-Eagle, Megan Jeffers
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
  • Producers: Stuart Baird, Howard Gottfried, Daniel Melnick
  • Musicians: John Corigliano
  • Cinematographers: Jordan Cronenweth
  • Editors: Eric Jenkins, Jack Harnish
  • Our Score: 8/10 by Florita A.
  • Average Rating: 7.42/10 of 28,277 Votes!
  • Runtime: 102 min / 1h 42min
  • Year: 1980
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Oscars: 0
  • Awards: 0
  • Nominations: 5
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