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Altered States

William Hurt takes a trip he’ll never forget in this mind-blowing shocker from Ken Russell.

Image from Altered States

USA 1980
Dir Ken Russell
With William Hurt, Blair Brown, Bob Balaban
102min
35mm from the BFI National Archive
Certificate 18

In his attempts to explore the peripheries of human consciousness, a maverick research scientist utilises a heady mix of sensory deprivation and hallucinogenic drugs. But as his experiments become increasingly outlandish, his grasp on reality begins to dissipate. Perhaps director Ken Russell’s most visionary work, this psychedelic sci-fi horror remains a true one-of-a-kind, boasting astonishing images as beautiful as they are nightmarish.