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The Astral Factor (1978)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  1 February 1978 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Lt. Charles Barrett
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Candy Barrett
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Darlene DeLong
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Detective Holt
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Colleen Hudson
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Bambi Greer
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Chris Hartman
Percy Rodrigues ...
Captain Wells
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Dr. Ulmer
Rayford Barnes ...
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Frederick Tully ...
Detective Sloan
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Roger Sands
Larry Golden ...
Detective Rouseau
Renata Vaselle ...
Roxane Raymond
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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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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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mediocre bloodless serial killer thriller
6 January 2005 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

A mentally ill prisoner, through some sort of yogic meditation, manages to make himself invisible and escapes. As a child, he'd been unwanted by his celebrity mother, who nevertheless kept him close to her and didn't let him create a life of his own. He had strangled her, and apparently other women, giving him the nickname of "the celebrity strangler."

Having escaped, he goes after celebrity women who had testified against him. The police, having learned he was into reading mystical books in prison, for some reason contracted a para-psychological institute. The institute thinks perhaps the strangler is killing women by astrally projecting himself. In reality, he's merely strangling them while he is invisible (and naked). He nearly gets caught when to reach one woman, he has to don a scuba suit to get out to her boat. It's more interesting when he manages to strangle a woman in front of many witnesses simply because they don't realize what is going on. Eventually, a trap is set for him.

I kind of wonder if this was originally done as a TV movie, perhaps as a pilot. There doesn't seem to have been any reason for introducing the lead cop's girlfriend/wife Candy and the psychics unless they were to return in subsequent episodes.

It's not very good, but it's not terrible.


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