9 Movies Made Better With Hallucinogenic Drugs

Drugs are bad, mmmkay? Even drugs made famous or popular by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Timothy Leary, and Ken Kesey- in other words, hallucinogenic drugs- are bad, mmmkay? But sometimes, there are acceptable circumstances in which hallucinogenic drugs can improve your movie-watching experience because they add faux emotional depth to the film. It’s not real emotional or intellectual depth but it sure does seem important at the time. Here are some examples of movies made better by hallucinogenic drugs. That’s what I’ve heard, anyway. I wouldn’t know because drugs are bad, mmmkay?

Hello Again (1987)
Shelley Long chokes on a piece of chicken, comes back to life thanks to her occultist sister, and throws a monkey wrench into the wedding plans of her partially-widowed husband, Corbin Bernsen (who made said wedding plans before his dead wife, Long, was brought back to life). The only drawback to watching this after ingesting mushrooms or LSD is that you may just laugh yourself to death. But if you plan ahead, you can have your occultist sister resurrect you to take more hallucinogenic drugs and then you can finish the movie.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Grace Slick was a wise woman. “When the men on the chessboard get up and tell you where to go and you’ve just had some kind of mushroom and your mind is moving low, go ask Alice. I think she’ll know. When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead; and the White Knight is talking backwards; and the Red Queen’s “off with her head!”; remember what the dormouse said. “Feed your head. Feed your head. Feed your head”.

The Waking Life (2001)
If the intense philosophy of the movie doesn’t drop anchor in your brain, then the intense visuals will. The best part is that if you don’t like a scene or if it starts to steer you wrong, you can flip right to the next one with nary a problem because the plot is non-linear. The only real issue here is that your trip will be guided by Wiley Wiggins.

Transmorphers 2, a.k.a. Transmorphers: Fall of Man (2009)
The only meaningful way to watch the generic fake version of a real movie made by Michael Bay is by completely demolishing your reality, visually and intellectually, beforehand. If you aren’t enjoying hallucinogenic drugs, then you might as well forget ever watching this movie. It stars Bruce Boxleitner, but his magic has limits.  

Fantasia (1940)
It’s bright, it’s colorful, there’s no linear plot, the music is stimulating, and it’s Mickey-approved. Just watch out for Satan.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
As your attorney, I advise you to take a tiny taste of this movie while enjoying the effects of hallucinogenic drugs. It’s not so much that Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary novel needs any help. Far from it. But twisting your mind in magical ways adds a special depth to Fear and Loathing. It stops being a movie and becomes a tremendous game. Which special effects are real? Which ones are created in your own head? Is there really a herd of anthropomorphic talking lizards plaguing my living room? Just remember- when terrible things start happening all around you, it’s only the movie. Maybe. Probably. Or is it?

Baraka (1992)
If you thought your mind was giving meaning to the world before, try grabbing a drug that puts you in a seriously self-aggrandizing mood and watch a documentary of anthropological world scenes, complete with the sensitive touch of the 1990’s. 

Enter the Void (2010)
On second thought, maybe that’s a horrible idea. But you should definitely watch it sober.

El Topo (1970)
Watching this sober is liable to induce a hallucinogenic trip. It received worldwide release because of how much John Lennon- the author of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds– loved it. Take it straight from the Wikipedia page. El Topo is half-surreal Western and half-love story about redemption and re-birth. That’s putting it mildly. 


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23 responses to “9 Movies Made Better With Hallucinogenic Drugs

  1. I’ve never used drugs while watching a movie but Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Enter the Void made me feel like I was. Enter the Void is just sooo fun to watch.

  2. Kelly

    A Scanner Darkly is pretty freaky, and anything Pixar is totally awesome.

    • A Scanner Darkly is the movie that made me like most of the cast of that movie again. I’d gotten a bit down on Downey, Harrelson, Winona Ryder… It’s a neat little movie.

  3. I used to watch ‘Hello Again’ on cable a lot when I was younger. I don’t think I ever considered watching it stoned (though it can’t make it worse!).

  4. O Mali

    The final half hour of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    I felt like I was tripping balls.

  5. The guy who met Kevin Meany

    John Waters’s Cecil B. Demented was a pretty messed up viewing experience with the aid of some ghetto schwag.

    • There are so many Waters films I haven’t seen. I can’t make myself squeeze the trigger.

      • The guy who met Kevin Meany

        If you want to stick your toe in the pool, try Pecker. If you want to jump in head first, try Pink Flamingos or Desperate Living. You will want to take a shower after watching either of those.

        • The guy who met Kevin Meany

          I suppose out of context, “try Pecker” sounds pretty bad

        • I’ve got a mild curiosity, but after Salo, watching movies from a guy whose characters eat dog feces doesn’t really sound great to me, even if that was only one movie.

  6. The Trip.
    dream sequence of Kagemusha
    Un Chien Andalou
    Black Swan
    dream sequence of An American in Paris

    • Her Blondness

      What about the old Jeckel and Mr. Hyde, with Spencer Tracy…and his Jeckel dream sequence with the two girls? (Ingrid Bergman…and the other one, ha ha). I just remember turning around and looking at everyone in the room, saying “wow, this is so weird.” I think mainly because it’s an older movie. And what up with the random running horse?

    • Ha! I meant to include “Un Chien Andalou”- it’s one of my very favorite movies- but sort of excluded it in the interest of hitting a wider audience. But yes, it’d be pitch perfect for this event.

      Oh, and I need to see Kagemusha, apparently. And An American in Paris.

  7. I can give firsthand agreements with Alice and Fear and Loathing…both awesome movies in their own right that are transported to transcendent with the help of our friend LSD. Though it really helps just about any movie (that won’t give you nightmares). I’d like to watch just the already-trippy portions of Batman Begins on acid, particularly the part where the Scarecrow sees Batman as a melting, black monster Batman, just to see if I would be mentally scarred from such an experience…

    • You nailed it. When I saw Batman Begins with melting-face-Batman and worm-face Scarecrow, my initial thought was “Holy crap, this is an LSD trip, and a horrifying one at that”. Very realistic. Or, you know… so I’d imagine if I’d ever done any of those things.

  8. Haha, great choice for a list. Definitely can see both Fear and Loathing and Enter the Void being on there. I imagine 2001: A Space Odyssey would be a good fit as well.

  9. Stu

    Not even a head full of shrooms can save “Transmorphers” for me. Terrible… just terrible.


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