• Released
  • December 25, 1980
  • R , 1 hr 43 min
  • Creature Film
    Science Fiction

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First Rate Sci Fi Classic

By macktan
Written March 22, 2014
Science fiction films are incredibly hard to pull off, which is why there are so few outstanding ones. Altered States is one of my all-time favorite ones, and a favorite film. It also represents an era of American culture, when the young felt free to break rules and explore unknown, even taboo territories despite the burdens of bureaucracy and hierarchy. But the film works on a lot of different levels--as a romance, a thriller, and science fiction story. I'm looking forward to seeing it on the big screen again...even if I do have to find some way to stay awake for the midnight showing.
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