Altered States

Altered States
Altered States
  • R
  • 1h 43m
  • 1980
Certified Fresh86%
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In the basement of a university medical school Dr. Jessup floats naked in total darkness. The most terrifying experiment in the history of science is out of control ... and the subject is himself. Using a sensory deprivation tank, psychophysiologist Edward Jessup (Academy Award winner William Hurt) conducts experiments involving human consciousness--using himself as the subject. His research intensifies when hallucinogenic compounds regress him to primitive stages of human evolution, where he transforms into an ape-like monster that stalks the city. As Jessup's dangerous quest carries him back to the origins of life, only the strong-willed love of his devoted anthropologist wife, Emily (Blair Brown), can save him.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: Extraordinarily daring for a Hollywood film, Altered States attacks the viewer with its inventive, aggressive mix of muddled sound effects and visual pyrotechnics.
Variety Staff

Direction by Ken Russell has energy to spare, with appropriate match-up of his baroque visual styl...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Jennifer Selway

[Director] Russell's noisily grandiose swipe at psychedelia embellishes what is no more than the c...

June 21, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Release Date:December 25, 1980
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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