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Altered States (1980)  link to Altered States on IMDb  link to trailer on IMDb

Number: 3002

poster Altered States

IMDb Rating:
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6.9/10 (31505 votes)

Country: USA, 102 minutes

Spoken Languages: English, Spanish

Genre(s): Thriller, Horror, Sci-Fi

Director(s): Ken Russell

Video Codec: Unknown

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 his 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 ...

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


photo William Hurt William Hurt Eddie Jessup
photo Blair Brown Blair Brown Emily Jessup
photo Bob Balaban Bob Balaban Arthur Rosenberg
photo Charles Haid Charles Haid Mason Parrish
photo Thaao Penghlis Thaao Penghlis Eccheverria

Medium: Unknown,

Loaned: No

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1