Invisible Strangler (1984)


aka The Astral Factor

USA. 1984.


Director – John Florea, Screenplay – Arthur C. Pierce, Story – Arthur C. Pierce & Earle Lyon, Producer – Earle Lyon, Photography – Alan Stensvold, Music – Richard Hieronymous & Alan Oldfield, Special Effects – Roger George, Makeup – Fred B. Phillips. Production Company – Jordan-Lyon Productions/New Century


Robert Foxworth (Lieutenant Chuck Barrett), Stefanie Powers (Candy), Mark Slade (Sergeant Holt), Elke Sommer (Christina Hartman), Frank Ashmore (Roger Sands)


Roger Sands has been incarcerated in a psychiatric institution for the murder of his mother. There he has developed his powers of inner meditation so well that he can become invisible. He is thus able to walk out of his cell and then sets out to strangle those who helped convict him. Police try to find a means of stopping the insubstantial Sands from killing further.

This thoroughly awful, thoroughly nondescript film. It was originally made in 1976 as The Astral Factor. It then waited on a shelf for eight years before being substantially reworked by other directors and with new cast members and then finding a release on video, which must surely indicate something considering the dregs that most distributors are prepared to dredge. With its’ flatter-than-flat action and lethargically developed menace, a more lacklustre and monotonous film one would have to go quite some way to find. The invisibility effects are very cheaply achieved and quite unconvincing. Boom mikes are visible in numerous shots.

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