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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 »

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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
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Captain Wells
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Dr. Ulmer
Rayford Barnes ...
Sgt. Archer
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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A Criminally Insane Murderer Escapes From The Institution -- By Becoming Invisible! See more »

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1 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Final film of Harry Lewis. See more »

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Candy Barrett: [jumping on Lt. Barret] Candy wanted to surprise you.
Lt. Charles Barrett: Candy did.
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Pretty shabby stuff but quite strange and that's always something
19 February 2014 | by (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) – See 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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