Director: Ken Russell Run Time: 102 min. Format: Digital Rating: R
Release Year: 1980
Starring: Blair Brown, Bob Balaban, Charles Haid, Drew Barrymore, Thaao Penghlis, William Hurt
Nitehawk Cinema’s Live Sound Cinema presents an out of control scientific experiment with ALTERED STATES featuring a live score by LONG DISTANCE POISON.
You know the story…a brilliant, unconventional and totally mad scientist uses himself as the subject for his highly experimental project and ends up, well, a little worse for the wear. Here we have 1960s Harvard professor of abnormal psychology Eddie Jessup who revisits an experiment from his graduate school days in which he uses untested hallucinogens in his sensory deprivation tank to prove his theory that other states of consciousness are as real as our waking state. Unfortunately the side effects just might be genetically regressive which is not only harmful to his own self but to those around him. Side note, this is the film debut of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore!
A Live Sound Cinema presentation. Part of Nitehawk’s April TUNE IN, TURN ON midnite series.