With William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid
Directed by Ken Russell

British nutter director Ken Russell departed from his usual obsession with artists and took a stab at this interesting mind-altering tale of a scientific university researcher who encounters regressive evolutionary trips while suspended in an isolation tank after ingesting a potent South American tribal potion. His mental transformation and hallucinations seem to start translating to the physical realm as his body begins random transformation. The special make-up FX were great for its time and is still effective today.
Altered States is quite a trip with Russell's penchant for sexual and catholic imagery also a presence.
PS. Keep an eye out for a little Drew Barrymore. Pop group
a-ha imitated the final hallway sequence in their Take On Me music video.

5 / B
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5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
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1 - Fizzled
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A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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