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Altered States (BD)
The main problem with this 1980 science fiction drama is that it is oh-so derivative. However, it is classier than your average Wolf Man rip-off, as Ken Russell directed it and the screenplay it is based on the 1978 novel by Paddy Chayefsky. However, Chayefsky so disliked the finished version of the film, with its preposterous ending, that he asked to have his name removed, with the credit for the screenplay attributed to his pseudonym, Sidney Aaron.
William Hurt, in his screen debut, plays the mad scientist who develops a kind of think tank that regresses him to a primal state. In other words, he enters a meek scientist, but emerges a hairy ape. The film's pacing is part of the problem, as it talks us to death in the beginning, than lapses into more typical fare, disregarding the intellectual aspects of the original material. This film marks the screen debut of Drew Barrymore. --Rochelle O'Gorman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
i found this sci-fi fantasy/horror film to be interesting.it has all the earmarks of a David Cronenberg film,but it isn't a Cronenberg film. Read morePublished on March 15 2010 by falcon
I guess you will either love this movie or hate it. For me i loved it, trippy scenes, and rad story line.Published on May 20 2006 by Anthony Bucci
I'd happily soak up endless gallons of SWAK with my tongue, rather than watch this festering pile of crappola ever again!!!Published on July 6 2004 by JASON HRICAK
The sci-fi film Altered States, is on the one hand, a landmark for the genre, while at the same time, it's not quite a classic either... Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by T. Lobascio
by most reviews on here, i bought this DVD thinking it was some movie about the psychedelic trip of an experimental scientist and all the good fun he had with going back in time. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by [inactive user]
The main protagonist of this movie (Hurt) is so extremely selfish that it is impossible to root for him; thus, at the end, in the semi-famous climax scene which inspired nothing... Read morePublished on March 27 2004