The Alchemist (film)

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The Alchemist
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Band
Produced by Lawrence Appelbaum
Written by Alan J. Adler
Starring Robert Ginty
Lucinda Dooling
John Sanderford
Viola Kates Stimpson
Robert Glaudini
Music by Richard Band
Cinematography Andrew W. Friend
Edited by Ted Nicolaou
Distributed by Empire Pictures
Release date
  • 1984 (1984) (Norway)
  • May 31, 1985 (1985-05-31) (U.S.)
Running time
86 min
Country United States
Language English

The Alchemist is a 1984 American horror film about a man who desires to avenge a curse placed on him by an evil magician. The film was directed by Charles Band, and stars Robert Ginty, Lucinda Dooling, and John Sanderford.


In 1955, young waitress Lenora (Lucinda Dooling) finds herself inexplicably driving down the California highway to an unknown destination. This doesn't bode well for Cam (John Sanderford), the hitchhiker she picked up, because he has to endure her somnambulist driving. The duo eventually end up at a graveside in the woods and meet alchemist Aaron (Robert Ginty), who is just as shocked to see them as Lenora appears to be the reincarnation of his wife who was murdered nearly 100 years earlier.


The Alchemist was made in 1981, but not released until 1984 (in Norway, on video) and May 31, 1985 in USA.

The film has been released in 2 DVDs, but as of May 24, 2010, MGM has yet to announce any plans to release the film onto DVD in the United States. The region 2 DVD is considered to be of inferior quality as it is merely a dupe of the original PAL VHS release.


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