Altered States (1980) Poster


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Edited into 

365 days, also known as a Year (2019)
Footage from this movie is used.


Tommy (1975)

Referenced in 

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Charlton Heston/Johnny Yune/Jack Douglas/Blair Brown (1979) (TV Episode)
Blair Brown discusses her upcoming movie
Saturday Night Live: Bill Murray/Delbert McClinton (1981) (TV Episode)
Title referenced as 'Altered Walter' in Walter Cronkite sketch.
Saturday Night Live: Jr. Walker & the All-Stars (1981) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on Weekend Update
Hollywood High Part II (1981)
Title seen on theater marquee.
Basket Case (1982)
According to special makeup effects artist Kevin Haney, "Basket Case" was influenced by "Altered States".
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Robin Williams (1982) (TV Episode)
Robin Williams imagines the movie "Altered Suits"
Zapped! (1982)
The soundtrack album is displayed at the record store.
Return to Oz (1985)
A-Ha: Take on Me (1985) (Video)
Main character's final moment trying to reach reality by bumping into a wall.
A-ha: Headlines and Deadlines - The Hits of A-ha (1991) (Video)
In the end of "Take on Me" music video, Morten Harket bashes himself between the walls repeatedly in order to break the dimension between the comic book world and the real world.
At the Movies: Freejack/Until the End of the World/Juice/The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Until the End of the World" review.
Live from Washington D.C.: They Shoot HBO Specials, Don't They? (1993) (TV Special)
referenced by Dennis
Murphy Brown: Altered States (1995) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The X-Files: War of the Coprophages (1996) (TV Episode)
The drugged up kid mentions the movie to his stoner friends.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Terror from the Year 5000 (1997) (TV Episode)
"In Alterted States"
South Park: Helen Keller! The Musical (2000) (TV Episode)
The scene where Cartman follows Jeffrey Maynard's suggestion of using sensory deprivation to get inside the mind of Helen Keller, resulting in disturbing and apocalyptic images flooding Cartman's mind.
Electric Dragon 80.000 V (2001)
It is referenced.
Smallville: Spirit (2005) (TV Episode)
Chloe refers to the film.
Fear of the Flesh: The Making of 'The Fly' (2005) (Video)
mentioned once
Horror Business (2005) (Video)
It is mentioned in a newspaper article.
Roll Call: Looking Back on Hill Street Blues (2006) (Video)
Michael Warren refers to Charles Haid's role in this film
Beerfest (2006)
Scene where Barry wakes up naked next to a partially eaten deer
Lost: Further Instructions (2006) (TV Episode)
Before Locke ingests his homemade drugs, Charlie jokes about him "turning into a prehistoric ape", which is what happens after homemade drugs are ingested in Altered States.
The Making of 'World Trade Center' (2006) (Video)
mentioned once
House: House's Head (2008) (TV Episode)
House asks Thirteen if she has ever seen Altered States. And as House is putting himself in the sensory deprovation tank, he jokingly asks her to check if he regresses when he comes out of the tank.
Psych: Any Given Friday Night at 10PM, 9PM Central (2009) (TV Episode)
Shawn emerges after hiding underwater in a locker room jacuzzi, then asks the football players present if they've seen Altered States.
Enter the Void (2009)
Noé cited Altered States as an influence for Enter the Void. Interestingly, after the success of Irréversible Noé was offered to do a sequel to Altered States but decided to bring some ideas of Ken Russell's movie in his own script which later became Enter the Void.
Bad Movie Beatdown: Darkness Falls (2009) (TV Episode)
The treatment in this film is compared to what is applied in Darkness Falls.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (2011) (TV Episode)
Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) asked from Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) if she have seen the movie Altered States. There was a case of a dead body floating inside the tank full of liquid.
We Bought a Zoo (2011)
Duncan says, "It was like 'Altered States.'"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Altered Stakes (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Adjust Your Tracking (2013)
Video case is shown.
Children (2014) (Short)
Cited by director. Sensory deprivation.
Mental Saboteur (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks: Dogs (2015) (TV Episode)
Ryan mentions film by name, and holds up DVD case.
Stranger Things: Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat (2016) (TV Episode)
Sensory deprivation tank scene.
Stranger Things: Chapter Six: The Monster (2016) (TV Episode)
Eleven in a sensory deprivation tank.
There's Something About Movies: Episode #1.3 (2019) (TV Episode)
Alan says it's Drew Barrymore's first movie.


Luma Nocturna (1974) (Short)
Clips are used for hallucination sequences.

Featured in 

The Secrets of Dick Smith (1991) (TV Short)
Watchmen (2009)
On Veidt's TV monitor board, showing the seven-eyed goat-head Christ
Nova ScienceNow: Where Did We Come From? (2011) (TV Episode)
clips are shown during the profile of Andre Fenton who cites the film as inspiration
Ken Russell: A Bit of a Devil (2012) (TV Movie)
Clips seen and discussed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Body Horror Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
Altered States is #8.
Renegade Cut: Altered States (2016) (TV Episode)
movie is discussed and analyzed
Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017) (Video)
The film's theatrical trailer is featured.
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction: Monsters (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.

Spoofed in 

Simon (1980)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Evil Dead II (1987)
Kamillions (1990)
South Park: Tsst (2006) (TV Episode)
The second part of the transformation (when Cartman's body shifts from different forms and he is banging against the walls in a hallway) is a parody of the movie Altered States.

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