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Altered States (1980)

Drama | 102 minutes
3,28 249 votes

Genre: Drama / Scifi

Duration: 102 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Ken Russell

Stars: William Hurt, Blair Brown and Bob Balaban

IMDb score: 6,9 (38.563)

Releasedate: 25 December 1980

Altered States plot

"A dream is the key that unlocks the mysteries of the waking world."

Eddie Jessup (William Hurt) is a researcher at Cordell University. He investigates the origin of life and injects himself with an Indian drug, which hallucinates him back to the very beginning of life on earth. In order to fully concentrate, he locks himself in a steel box to become one with the ape-man. This amid fierce protests from his wife and colleagues, who fear that this experiment could go wrong...

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avatar van Montorsi


  • 9621 messages
  • 2274 votes

A truly fantastic first hour. Very intense, beautifully developed and shot film. Unfortunately, it goes a bit over the edge after that. Too bad.. I actually thought the visual effects were very cool, despite the dated look I found it to have its charm and work well. Anyway, very impressed with this film that hangs between a Cronenberg and Possession in terms of body horror and madness. Very strong roles too. 4*, but should have been a half more.

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avatar van scorsese


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Excellent film in which a scientist locks himself in a tank in order to achieve a different consciousness. The film gets off to a slow start, mainly because it's all a bit vague. But gradually the film becomes more and more fascinating and, above all, more exciting. Effective use of special effects and some beautiful montages make this just 4.0 stars.

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avatar van leatherhead


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A pretty cool movie at times. Reminiscent of a Cronenberg, but visually more interesting. Although it seemed dated here and there, the trip scenes were quite enjoyable. I wouldn't be surprised if this was an influential film. The story is very ludicrous and sometimes gets in the way, but the bizarre, surrealistic trips ensure that there is enough fun to experience. The sfx range from 'nice' to 'horribly bad', although that also had a funny effect. All in all, a completely unique film, which is sometimes visually impressive, sometimes (unintentionally or not) hilarious, and ultimately mainly entertaining. Nice to have seen. Spacious 3*.

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