Altered States

Altered States is a 1980 American science-fiction horror film directed by Ken Russell based on the novel of the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.wikipedia
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Ken Russell

Ken Russel
Altered States is a 1980 American science-fiction horror film directed by Ken Russell based on the novel of the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.
He is best known for his Oscar-winning film Women in Love (1969), The Devils (1971), The Who's Tommy (1975), and the science fiction film Altered States (1980).

John C. Lilly

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Both the novel and the film are based in part on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs like mescaline, ketamine, and LSD.
His work inspired two Hollywood movies, The Day of the Dolphin (1973) and Altered States (1980).

William Hurt

It marked the film debut of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore. He cast the movie, including the relatively unknown leads William Hurt (in his first movie) and Blair Brown.
Hurt made his film debut in 1980 as a troubled scientist in Ken Russell's science-fiction feature Altered States, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for New Star of the Year.

Drew Barrymore

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It marked the film debut of William Hurt and Drew Barrymore.
After her film debut with a small role in Altered States (1980), she played Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), directed by Steven Spielberg.

John Corigliano

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The film score was composed by John Corigliano (with Christopher Keene conducting).
He later wrote the score for Altered States (1980) and his third film score for Revolution (1985).

Blair Brown

He cast the movie, including the relatively unknown leads William Hurt (in his first movie) and Blair Brown.
She has had a number of high-profile roles, including in the play Copenhagen on Broadway, the leading actress in the films Altered States (1980), Continental Divide (1981) and Strapless (1989), as well as a run as the title character in the comedy-drama television series The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, which ran from 1987 to 1991.

Bob Balaban

Balaban's other film roles include the drama Midnight Cowboy (1969); the science fiction films Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Altered States (1980), and 2010 (1984); the Christopher Guest comedies Waiting for Guffman (1996), Best in Show (2000), A Mighty Wind (2003), and For Your Consideration (2006); the dark fantasy film Lady in the Water (2006); and the Wes Anderson films Moonrise Kingdom (2012), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), and Isle of Dogs (2018).

Isolation tank

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Both the novel and the film are based in part on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs like mescaline, ketamine, and LSD.
In 1981, there were about $4 million in sales and rentals in the industry, and expectations were that the market would grow, spurred by the film Altered States (a film starring William Hurt as a psychopathologist experimenting with a flotation tank), which came out in 1980.

Charles Haid

Haid's acting credits include the 1976/1977 series Delvecchio as Sgt. Paul Schonski, the 1980s series Hill Street Blues as Officer Andy Renko, and the 1980 movie Altered States as Dr. Mason Parrish.

Daniel Melnick

Dan Melnick
A producer at Columbia Pictures, Daniel Melnick, suggested that Chayefsky turn a treatment he had written into a novel first and he agreed.
Daniel Melnick (April 21, 1932 – October 13, 2009) was an American film producer and movie studio executive who started working in Hollywood as a teenager in television and then became the producer of such films as All That Jazz, Altered States and Straw Dogs.

Dori Brenner

Some other films she appeared in were Altered States, For the Boys, and Next Stop, Greenwich Village.

Paddy Chayefsky

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Altered States is a 1980 American science-fiction horror film directed by Ken Russell based on the novel of the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky.

Sensory deprivation

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Both the novel and the film are based in part on John C. Lilly's sensory deprivation research conducted in isolation tanks under the influence of psychoactive drugs like mescaline, ketamine, and LSD.

Bran Ferren

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Russell also wound up replacing special effects expert John Dykstra with Bran Ferren, who is credited for Special Visual Effects in the front titles, and created the VFX actually used in the film.
The production featured a "shattering display of thunder and lightning", which got the attention of director Ken Russell, leading to Ferren's first prominent assignment as Special Visual Effects director on a major Hollywood science-fiction film, Altered States.

Jordan Cronenweth

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A contemporary of Conrad Hall, he was recognized for his distinctive style of heavily textured, film noir-inspired photography, seen in numerous classic films, including Zandy's Bride, Gable and Lombard, Altered States, and Peggy Sue Got Married.

Stuart Baird

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He edited Tommy, Lisztomania, and Valentino and served as associate producer on Ken Russell's Altered States.

Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing

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The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Sound Mixing.

Academy Award for Best Original Score

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The film was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Sound Mixing.

The Mind Benders (1963 film)

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According to TV Guide, Basil Dearden's 1963 film The Mind Benders "is the direct predecessor of Altered States."