The Astral Factor (1978)
Article 6023 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Florea, Gene Fowler Jr., Arthur C. Pierce
Featuring Robert Foxworth, Stefanie Powers, Sue Lyon
What it is: Invisible man thriller
A serial killer escapes from prison when he figures out how to undergo astral projection, and starts a killing spree of killing women who remind him of his mother. Police investigate.
Though this movie pops up in several of my public domain movie sets, it’s the first time I got around to watching it. This one does attain a certain level of competence; the acting is solid, there’s a charm to some of the character touches, and it’s not an embarrassment. The main problem is that the script is only so-so at best, and the ending isn’t particularly engaging. Stefanie Powers steals the movie as the main cop’s ditzy wife; unfortunately, the script really doesn’t find a way to make her useful to the story. Apparently, this movie went to television after one week of theatrical release, and you can see why.
The murder scenes were filmed like they were covers of lurid detective magazines.
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