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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 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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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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A Criminally Insane Murderer Escapes From The Institution -- By Becoming Invisible! See more »

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Trivia

Elke Sommer is playing "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" by Ledbetter, which would be later performed by Nirvana. See more »

Quotes

Captain Wells: What do you think of Holt?
Lt. Charles Barrett: He's not as bad as I thought, but he's not as good as he thinks he is. I'll probably be working for him in five years.
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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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Featured in Horror Hotel: The Astral Factor (2018) See more »

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The dialogue requires the viewer to seek chemical dependency
27 October 2005 | by seattle-twistyroadSee all my reviews

The Astral Factor contains dialogue that limps its way through the plot. The cast is full of actors I've enjoyed watching on screen for years but none of them managed to get past the wooden interaction of the characters. The dialogue is just that bad. This movie is so stilted in places that it competes with my all time really bad but fun favorite, "The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes."

This one in my opinion is a little bit to bad for casual weeknight watching. Elke Sommers character, however, has the correct idea by only appearing on screen with a drink in her hand. This is good advice for anyone interested in watching this gem on a Saturday night. Heck, with enough scotch and soda and the near nude scenes of Stephanie Powers to help it out; you might like it.


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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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Mono

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