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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 ...
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Detective Sloan
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Roger Sands
Larry Golden ...
Detective Rouseau
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Roxane Raymond
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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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Final film of Harry Lewis. See more »

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Lt. Charles Barrett: [hears her on the guitar] You're good.
Colleen Hudson: Thank you, I'm better on the piano but of course when your parents are Norweigan and German, music has to be in the house.
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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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