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

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Ratings: IMDB: 6.9/10 Metascore: N/A RT: 86%
Released: December 25, 1980
Runtime: 102 mins
Genres: Drama Fantasy Horror Sci-Fi
Countries: USA
Director: Ken Russell
Actors: Blair Brown Bob Balaban Charles Haid Dori Brenner Drew Barrymore Evan Richards Francis X McCarthy George Gaynes Hap Lawrence Jack Murdock John Larroquette John Walter Davis Peter Brandon Thaao Penghlis William Hurt

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Posted by tomishereagain 9 months ago
+3 | +3 / -0

I remember seeing this the first time and it made me feel very uneasy. Upon further viewings the story has revealed many layers I missed on first watch. During the 90s I did experiment with limited sensory deprivation (even spent time in a 'Tank'). While I never experienced anything like what was depicted in this movie I did find self-awareness and my most basic instincts and desires were heightened. By today's standards this movie may seem a bit slow and boring. If you choose to see it, look not at the film but more at the implied meanings within.

Posted by gibletfeast 4 years, 12 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

If you're thinking of watching this....and reading this...watch it! Just one of many excellent Ken Russell films, this is definitely a personal fav.

Posted by coreypaul 5 years ago
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I REMEmber snesking into the theater my mom was in, she was watching this movie, this was for the adults...while my younger bro and i saw a kids movie in the adjacent theater. when the woman is floating with all the stars or snow or what have u, was right at the moment that i peaked into the adult movie. so now yrs later, i watch it here. it was definately a movie that was way cool back in the days, and i bet the book is great, however, the very last line irritated the hell out of me. its interesting to see the older red head from the tv show Fringe, as a young red headed actress in the movie. it was a good movie if u dont expect modern cgi and all that....the special effects at the time were amazing, its not horror, its sci-fi, but i think at the time, it make have seemed more like horror, judging by the reaction of the characters.

Posted by mrsdeadwalker 1 month ago
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This is one of my all time favorite movies. It would have been good to drop acid first. lol. very interesting and trippy. By the way if you know the song TAKE ON ME by the band AHA I recommend you watch the end of this movie and then watch the aha video. ummm did someone steal an idea for a music video?

Posted by Songshadow 11 months ago
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This movie was a big hit in the 1980s. It really freaked out people to the max. Isolation tanks were installed in most of the American spas, and tanning salons across the country. People would drop a tab of LSD, crawl in, and trip their brains out.

Posted by shes2spooky 2 years, 1 month ago
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One of my All time favorites. I cant remember how many times Ive watched this. Still love it and the entire concept.True Love in the end always wins, yes, Im a sap. LOL

Posted by warcover 2 years, 1 month ago
+1 | +1 / -0

Kinda miss Ken Russell. One man's @ss is anothers etc.

Posted by baph 2 years, 3 months ago
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good movie, it always seem creepy

Posted by _Mim 3 years, 8 months ago
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Dr. Eddie Jessup is a Harvard physiologist who used to experience religious visions as a teenager and is now studying the phenomenon of hallucinations caused by sensory deprivation in isolation tanks. His inquiries into the nature of consciousness eventually take him to an isolated tribe in Mexico who use a powerful psychedelic mushroom in ancient Toltec religious rituals. When he combines the magic mushrooms and the isolation tank, he finds that the mixture causes him to regress to an earlier evolutionary state.

Posted by GD420 4 years ago
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(O_o) I just can't say enough good things about this classic movie! I'm thinking among it's many totally original ground breaking breakthrough theories for it's day...that this movie must have also helped to inspire the mega popular 80's music video Take On Me, which was sung by a band called Ah Ha. Rating: 10/10

Posted by breachcreaper 4 years, 1 month ago
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enough said, main character see god when having sex. this is just a very one of a kind movie

Posted by youspeakflowers 4 years, 3 months ago
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This is one of my favorite sci-fi, mind bending films. The plot does go a bit far, but the idea that is presented behind the plot about continuing energy, evolution, etc. can be much appreciated. These ideas are the foundation of the mind bending. It does take an open mind to appreciate this movie.

Posted by wieichbin 5 years, 5 months ago
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Posted by manchesteru223 5 years, 8 months ago
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def one of the weirdest movies ive ever seen without a doubt

Posted by mitch9743 7 years, 2 months ago
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Great classic movie!! One of my fav!! Great storyline!! good cast!! This is a decent sci-fi movie!1 Gave this movie 8/10.. Enjoy!!

Posted by InvertedAbyss 4 years, 6 months ago
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There are a lot of neat ideas and interesting themes presented in this movie, but it gets bogged down in its own silliness about 3/4 of the way through. Still, the rest of the movie is very captivating and enjoyable. Easily one of my favorite sci fi/horror movies, and I really want to try a sensory deprivation chamber now!

Posted by hockart 5 years, 11 months ago
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This movie's a total mindfu*k, probably even better when tripping balls.

Posted by anthonyzook 6 years, 8 months ago
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first time i saw this one i was 16 and i took 2 gel caps

Posted by barcode72 4 years, 11 months ago
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bored me to tears, sorry. :-(

Posted by TaureDawn 2 years, 6 months ago
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I liked the movie at the start of the film. The more I watched, the deeper I became engrossed in the story and found it somewhat believable. Then ending came -- I rolled my eyes and laughed -- I could not believe how it ended so dumb! I guess I was expecting a realistic approach to the ending and not a monstrous flop because the rest of the move was almost believable. I know that the movie is loosely based on Dr. John Lilly's real life experiments from the 1960's - and that is why a plausible ending to the movie should have been scripted. Altered States needs an altered ending. 6/10

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