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The Astral Factor (1978)

A convicted strangler, studying the paranormal in his jail cell, learns to make himself invisible. As an invisible man, he escapes from prison to stalk and strangle the five women who ... See full summary »

Directors:

John Florea (uncredited), Gene Fowler Jr. (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Arthur C. Pierce (screenplay), Earle Lyon (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Foxworth ... Lt. Charles Barrett
Stefanie Powers ... Candy Barrett
Sue Lyon ... Darlene DeLong
Mark Slade ... Detective Holt
Leslie Parrish ... Colleen Hudson
Marianna Hill ... Bambi Greer (as Mariana Hill)
Elke Sommer ... Chris Hartman
Percy Rodrigues ... Captain Wells
Alex Dreier ... Dr. Ulmer
Rayford Barnes ... Sgt. Archer
Frederick Tully Frederick Tully ... Detective Sloan
Frank Ashmore ... Roger Sands
Larry Golden Larry Golden ... Detective Rouseau
Renata Vaselle Renata Vaselle ... Roxane Raymond (as Renata Vasèlle)
Cesare Danova ... Mario
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Storyline

A convicted strangler, studying the paranormal in his jail cell, learns to make himself invisible. As an invisible man, he escapes from prison to stalk and strangle the five women who testified against him at his trial. Robert Foxworth plays the police lieutenant assigned to protect them, and to catch the invisible strangler. Written by Brian C. Madsen <bcmmovies@earthlink.net>

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What You Can't See...Can Kill You! See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Astral Fiend See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Final film of Harry Lewis. See more »

Quotes

Roger Sands: You're my mother.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD version released as "Astral Factor" is a rather different movie from the DVD released as "The Invisible Strangler." The killer is not only seen throughout in "Astral," but talks frequently (as opposed to never in "Invisible Strangler," where he is also invisible after the first scene up until the end) Most of the scenes he is in, including the opening where he first becomes invisible, is completely reshot with a different cast, features different music (as does much else of the movie), has different action, and often strikes a different tone. "Astral Factor" also fills in many missing plot points from "Invisible Strangler" with the inclusion of material edited out from the other version, which are usually easy to spot by grease pencil marks on what is obviously a work print. The running time is about ten minutes longer for "Astral," despite the fact that the opening scene, in its completely different version, runs about that much shorter than the one in "Invisible." See more »

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Pretty shabby stuff but quite strange and that's always something
19 February 2014 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

The Astral Factor is about a psychopath, imprisoned for murdering his mother, who somehow learns how to make himself invisible by studying books while incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane. Needless to say, he escapes and goes on a killing spree.

This one begins quite well in all fairness but it soon gets somewhat tedious. The storyline is such a bad basic idea you have to wonder how the likes of it ever got as far as to be given the green light for an actual movie. Well, while it was made as film, it seemingly sat on a shelf for near enough ten years before actually being released. It's really not all that surprising to be perfectly honest. While the story is pretty terrible, it's not really that that is the chief problem. Sometimes bad stories make for good films after all. No the issue is probably that, with very few exceptions, movies about invisible men are almost always terrible. What can be more cinematically tedious than an invisible character? What it does mean though, is there are some very silly murder scenes which I guess could provide some laughs I suppose. But for me the best aspects about this one were the appearances of Elke Sommer and Stephanie Powers. Sommer starred in a few interesting cult films in the 70's and her presence is always welcome, while it was strange to see future 'Hart To Hart' TV star Powers cavorting about with her butt exposed. She played the detective's trophy wife! She does zero housework and spends all his hard earned cash. She and Sommer were at the very least interesting diversions in a film in need of them.


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