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Trippy/Psychedelic Films - Name some!

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

So when you get high, do shrooms or acid what movies do you grab to watch? What movies are some of your favorite trippy movies? I’m not really talking about story-wise but mainly visually. My picks would have to include “Help!”, “The Thief of Bagdad”, “Across the Universe”, “Brand upon the Brain”, “Magical Mystery Tour” (can you tell I’m a Beatles fan?), “Mr. Freedom”, and finally, the best one ever…“The Holy Mountain”. What are your favorite psychedelic movies?

Ryan

about 5 years ago

Who drops acid and puts a movie on?

Brandon Bedaw

about 5 years ago

Actual hallucinogens such as mushrooms or acid + movies = Horrible experience

Marijuana, however, is a completely different beast, and only improves the art of cinema. Actually, it improves all forms of art… and all food.

As for what movies I most enjoy to watch when high; anything animated (especially Sleeping Beauty), any Kubrick film post-2001, any Jodorowsky film as mentioned before, and most recently Speed Racer. But really, all films become mind blowing and wonderful if you’re high enough, so you can’t go wrong.

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

Lots of people do. It may not be the only thing they do that night but it’s not uncommon.

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

Ah, Speed Racer! I forgot about that one! Man if you have that on Blu-Ray it’s a trip all by itself, let alone when you’re under the influence. What kind of horrible experiences did you have dropping acid or shrooms and watching movies?

Brandon Bedaw

about 5 years ago

Not necessarily horrible, ryan, just not enjoyable, and impossible to really pay attention to the film at hand.

SOYBEAN

about 5 years ago

Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Exorcist, Come and See, The Conversation, The Trial, Repulsion, and for some odd reason Two Lane Blacktop.

trippy

jamonho​lley@ms​n.com

about 5 years ago

Speed Racer? Cmon guys

Brandon Bedaw

about 5 years ago

Oh, clovenhoof… I’ll defend Speed Racer to the death.

Not only is it pure fun and the visual equivalent of driving through a living rainbow that occasionally explodes all around you, therefore making it the perfect film to watch under the influence, BUT it’s also perhaps one of the bravest films released by a massive studio in 2008.

You see, the main villain in Speed Racer isn’t some evil race car driver that must be stopped, or some martial arts expert that can only be killed via a massive brawl, as you would expect from a film of it’s ilk. No… the main villain in the film is a CEO, a captain of industry, and the most villainous thing he does is manipulate the stock market to ensure a profit by any means necessary, including murder. All this on top of the film being set in a world in which the free market has run rampant throughout society and is literally worshiped as a god.

That is the evil our plucky young hero must fight against, and because of that Speed Racer is the perfect film for our current political and economic times.

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

^ I completely agree 100%. Speed Racer was amazing in many different ways, I was dumbfounded at all of the negative reviews it got. I can’t believe people said that it was too much visually or that it looked too much like a cartoon…duh! It is the most faithful adaptation of a cartoon that I have ever seen…it literally IS a live-action cartoon. It’s the only movie I know of that makes you feel like you’re tripping balls when you’re sober. And yes, I love the fact that they took a kids movie and added in the evil corporate greed and the subplots involved in the story…it takes a lot of balls to do that and it’s sad that they weren’t rewarded enough for it.

jamonho​lley@ms​n.com

about 5 years ago

It has nice bright colors, thats the only good thing about Speed Racer. Good for showing off your new t.v.

Cory

about 5 years ago

Baraka, Eraserhead, The Color of Pomegranates, The Fountain, Christmas on Mars, Satyricon, Koyannisqatsi, Natural Born Killers, El Topo, Santa Sangre, Definitely Holy Mountain. Also Kenneth Anger: Rabbit’s Moon, Eaux d’artifice, Inauguration of the Pleasurdome, Invocation of My Demon Brother, Lucifier Rising. To me these are all films that lend themselves to smoking and viewing. Visually stunning.

Brandon Bedaw

about 5 years ago

Christ, I forgot about Baraka, Cory. Truly the perfect film for this thread, especially the recent blu-ray, which is so visually stunning that it actually hurts my eyes to try and focus on every crystal clear detail.

jamonho​lley@ms​n.com

about 5 years ago

Now Cory has got some worthwhile recommendations.

prudenc​e

about 5 years ago

god soybean, you’ve got to be joking. How could any of those movies be enjoyable on acid…

One night we ‘shroomed and watched ALLEGRO NON TROPPO, which was the most hilarious film ever, considering. All six of us just were in complete hysterics during the last scenes which I can barely remember, but I’m sure the rest of the crowd thought we were surely strange. I’ve never seen the picture since.

FANTASIA is similar to ALLEGRO and is a great head film. I’ve seen it stoned innumerable times. And no one has yet to mention 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY which is the sine qua non of trippy films. The entire last 30-40 minutes is completely for someone with heavy duty chemicals going through the bloodstream.

And has any one ever seen the Monkeys film HEAD? There were some very weird scenes in that one, but again I don’t know how they would hold up. So many of those films just can’t escape the time they were made. Bob Dylan made a film in 1966 called EAT THE DOCUMENT which certainly was made under the influence of alotta drugs, and it probably makes alot more sense if you’re indulging.

YELLOW SUBMARINE gets a nod too. As would most of the films of Jan Svankmajer or the Brothers Quay, like THE STREET OF CROCODILES. KOYAANISQATSI. There was a sci-fi PBS movie made in the middle 70s called THE LATHE OF HEAVEN that I really liked, and recently bought again. It’s dated, but a great film. Aronofsky’s PI , MEMENTO, and another recent film called PRIMER (made for $7000 apparently) were very hard to wrap your noodle around.

Polaris​DiB

about 5 years ago

These types of discussion thread always reminds me of the time a friend recommended a friend take acid and watch Naked Lunch.

It resulted in hospitalization.

Oh, and I get kind of annoyed when people say, “It’s better when you’re high.” No, the movie isn’t better, you’re just high. Nothing special in that.

—PolarisDiB

major tom

about 5 years ago

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and tequila and pot…I´ve been there already, I recomend: don´t.

Oh, and Death in Venice with antidepresives and beer: definitively DON´T.

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

Polaris, I don’t know if I completely agree with that. I used to think that until I saw “The Holy Mountain” stoned and clearly caught references ad other things that I could tell Jodorowsky came up with when he was on drugs too, things I wouldn’t have caught sober. You just pick up on different things on a whole different level I think.

Girl bites pen

about 5 years ago

A Funeral Parade of Roses trailer

Fin.

about 5 years ago

These are in no discernible order, because I’m tripping…

Jess Franco’s Venus in Furs is trippy as hell. One of the best movies of its kind to emerge from the 1960s.

The Trip with Peter Fonda and Bruce Dern (script by Jack Nicholson!) is Roger Corman’s low-budget look at an LSD experience.

Easy Rider also comes to mind for its acid trip in a New Orleans cemetery.

Much of Woodstock is far-out with its multichannel sound and split-screen effects.

Casino Royale (1967) — the one with David Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen. Faaar out, baby.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I Love You Alice B. Toklas

Un Chien Andalu

Koyannisqatsi — a mesmerizing, hypnotic experience. I’ve been known to spin that DVD just for visual texture at house parties. Inevitably, I’ll find half a dozen zonked people huddled in the home theater checking out that amazing picture.

Surprising no one’s mentioned Kubrick’s 2001, which was billed in 1968 as “the ultimate trip.”

I’m gonna go eat some chawklit, now.

cheers,

Steve

CinemaUprising.Blogspot.com

No T.Hanks

about 5 years ago

Hmmm…Has no one mentioned Performance by Roeg and Cammell? It’s probably redundant to watch it high, (I walked out of the theatre feeling like I was coming down from a trip—and that was after watching it straight) but the associations are strong and obvious. Likewise Man Who Fell To Earth.

And while you’re at it, you might want to try Traffic; I can’t say that the imagery’s conducive, but it’s bound to lend some irony to the experience.

Ignatz

about 5 years ago

If watching Naked Lunch on acid resulted hospitalization, I pity the pore soul who tried that with Eraserhead.

Lester Burnam

about 5 years ago

This is the one right here: 1967s “The Trip,” starring Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper and directed by Roger Corman. Here’s IMDb’s (forgive me Auteurs) synopsis:

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife Sally (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend John (Bruce Dern), a self-styled guru who’s an advocate of LSD. Paul asks John to be the guide on his first “trip”. John takes Paul to a “freak-out” at his friend Max’s (Dennis Hopper) pad. Splitting the scene, they score some acid from Max and return to John’s split-level pad with an indoor pool. Paul experiences visions of sex, death, strobe lights, flowers, dancing girls, witches, hooded riders, a torture chamber, and a dwarf. He panics but John tells him to “go with it, man.” Would you trust John?

Then there’s “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Pink Floyd The Wall” and if you’re really looking for a bad trip, “Natural Born Killers.”

robotka​thleen

about 5 years ago

How about some Hayao Miyazaki!
I remember settling down to come up on some mushrooms some time ago, I like to trip on my own, and it had been a while. I sat in my bed and put on My Neighbour Totoro, and my mind wandered, eventually I thought hmm, I wonder if I’ll get the fear? and at that moment the big sister said to the little sister “Don’t worry, there’s nothing to be afraid of.” Which was nice ^^

Stuff like Spirited Away among others would just be amazing I’m sure, so much meaning and amazing images. Apparently mushrooms aren’t illegal in Japan? Watching some of the really good beautiful philosophical stuff coming out of there, Akira, Ghost in the Shell er, other stuff I can’t remember, it certainly seems as if they’ve been an influence.

oooooh!! Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams! Top notch.

RaySqui​rrel

about 5 years ago

I would like to ad to the conversation on Speed Racer. In my opinion it was an average movie book ended by two AMAZING sequences.

The race at the end is quite possibly one of the best representations of psychedelic euphoria ever presented on screen, and in a PG rated family movie no doubt.

Also, I would also like to ad the films of Kenneth Anger to the list. His film Invocation of My Demon Brother, with its monotonous soundtrack composed by Mick Jaggar (whom is only credited for “SOUND” and not music), is like sitting inside of the head of a person on acid. His film Lucifer Rising is a wild vision concocted out of modern and ancient myth.

And if anyone likes “trippy” avant-garde, I highly recommend anyone to pick up Kino Video’s 2-disc set of Experimental and Avant-Garde films of the 20s and 30s. It includes many great short films like Menilmontant and The Seashell and the Clergyman. But the most psychedelic film in the set is Ralph Steiners H2O. It is a film entirely composed of shots of moving water! And at the time I first watched the film, it was the most visually arresting thing I had ever seen!

The music videos of TOOL are loaded with trippy goodness.

[adult swim] is a great venue for the most trippy and psychedelic programing on television. Like the Dadaists of the mid-twentieth century, video and animation production has gotten to the point where it is so cheap to produce that anything that can be recorded to video will be recorded to video and anything that can be animated will be animated. Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Brak and Aqua Teen were only the beginning. Tom Goes to the Mayor is quite possibly the most depressing comedy about living in a boring, no name, small town in New Jersey. 12oz. Mouse that looks as if it was written and animated while the entire crew was drunk, and was.

But the pinical of all of [adult swim]‘s ability to alienate and amuse to the point of psychidelica is _Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show (Great Job!)_. It is a show with no point, no story, no moral to be attained be attained by watching it, scenes do not exist to make logical sense. Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show (Great Job!) seems to defy the need to make any sense or to ascribe to any sort of logic. When you watch Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show (Great Job!) you are not supposed to enjoy it, you are only supposed to watch the show with a mixture of shock and bemusement. The definition of trippy.

Bob Stutsman

about 5 years ago

Why anyone would want to watch a movie on acid is beyond me (as a reformed product of the psychedelic ’60’s), but we did like to smoke and watch Crosby/Hope Road movies when stoned. Everything took on different meaning, of course. When we watched Road to Rio in this (ahem) state, I thought it the funniest movie I had ever seen. Lines like, “What’s that in your pipe?” provoked loud, spontaneous laughter. Just goes to show that being stoned is NOT a harbinger of good judgment.

Perhaps a film that would fit, would be Zappa’s 200 Motels – if you were stoned, you just might make some sense of it. I suggest NOT listening to the lyrics too closely, as they are typically bad (Zappa as his most juvenile), but the visuals are – well, trippy. It was the first movie shot and edited entirely on Quadruplex videotape in the PAL format and then transferred to film after post-production was complete. One of the wierdest movies ever made. For another film that captures some of the hilarity of being stoned (beside those silly Cheech and Chong vehicles – which are pretty lame), I would suggest Taking Off by Milos Forman. Some great trippy sequences there – and funny.

The Trip would not be my candidate for a trippy film – just possibly one of the worst movies ever made and something that has about as much relevance to LSD as the film Reefer Madness does to marijuana. In any case, have a safe trip.

Ryan Estabro​oks

about 5 years ago

Yeah I’ve watched “Tim and Eric” countless, countless times under the influence along with “Human Giant”. I love those shows.

Matt Face

about 5 years ago

Best films on Psychedelics:

*Stanley Kubrick
*David Lynch
*Terry Gilliam
*Ron Fricke’s Baraka
*Spirited Away

The Qatsi Trilogy
Sin City
A.I.
Cube 2

Matt Face

about 5 years ago

Can’t forget about Terrence Malick

Jaspar Lamar Crabb

about 5 years ago

HEAD (at least the opening scene)
WHO KILLED TEDDY BEAR (the whole thing)
the opening shot of L. Wertmuller’s NIGHT FULL OF RAIN
opening credits of P. Schrader’s PATTY HEARST
Warhol’s CHELSEA GIRLS (at least as much as you can stand)