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25 July 2019

Altered States (1980)

Altered States is honestly a pretty great sci-fi horror movie. It's not filmed like a horror movie – it's filmed like a basic family melodrama – but the script (by Paddy Chayefsky) is solid and the plot is fairly fascinating. It goes almost completely off the rails for a bit, and even stopped working for a while, but even that sort of charmed me. Altered States is an ambitious, interesting film. Also: William Hurt is naked for a lot of this movie, John Laroquette and Drew Barrymore both have small parts in it, and Blair Brown (very strangely) plays someone about eight years younger than she is.

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