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Cult Horror: Altered States

October 10, 2012

Program Locations:

Mid-Manhattan Library

Please join us on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. for Ken Russell's Altered States (1980, 103 min) on the first floor of the Mid-Manhattan Library.

This screening is part of the film series Cult Horror. All screenings are FREE and seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Summary: Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. It was the only novel that Chayefsky ever wrote, as well as his final film. Both the novel and the film are based on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs. In the film, a Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug in an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically.

"Though deviating from Paddy Chayefsky's script (and novel), the reliably flamboyant Ken Russell made a spooky but engaging psycho-horror film about experimentation with human consciousness that deservedly received Oscar nods for sound and music."
Emanuel Levy,

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