Now I have said more than once here that I am not a drug user. Hard drugs, soft drugs, whatever you wanna name, I simply don’t do them. But some people out there do like that stuff and they like watching weird movies and tripping out to them. But I happen to think what really makes a weird, trippy, truly mind-tripping movie, is a movie that blows your mind while you are not under the influence of anything. So in honor of those films I have compiled a list of the Top 10 Mind-Tripping Movies!..Yay!
10: Bad Biology (2008)
Frank Henenlotter has made his fair share of trippy movies over the years. From Basket Case to Brain Damage to Frankenhooker, his line of work is nothing short of one giant trip. But while the quality of Bad Biology might not be on that level, it’s way more of a trip than the others. We have a woman who has many womanly things going on that drops children at a drop of a hat run into a guy who has a penis who has a mind of it’s own, and the sparks fly! Neither being able to be sexually satisfied leads us to our film “climax” and what you get from start to finish is not only highly perverted but extremely weird.
09: Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)
British comedy can be a trip anyway. It’s one of those things that us Americans either seem to simply get or not get. You hate it or you love it, there is no in between. The Meaning of Life is more than just one skit after another, it’s a full on look at life and death. It covers subjects such as God and it’s holds no punches while it does that. It also shows us some of the oddest, stomach churning, and weirdest things you could imagine on screen while it does so. Oh, and to top it all off, it wraps it’s self with some very odd (and catchy) songs too.
08: A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Drugs, drugs, drugs. A Scanner Darkly is a tale about drugs and paranoia. On it’s own it could have been very trippy in it’s self, but when you add in the animation known as Rotoshop to the mix it just makes things seem that much more weird and makes things on the screen just jump out even more at you. And just think about it for a moment, if you were making a movie about drugs, who better is there to cast other than Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder??
07: Vanilla Sky (2001)
Well this one surely makes you “Open your eyes”, but even with eyes wide open it’s very hard to determine if what we are seeing is real or not. David Aames (Tom Cruise) is being told he’s dreaming, as a matter of fact it’s a “Lucid Dream”. He signed up for it and his “tech support” is only trying to help…IF tech support is telling the truth. And I’ve never had a woman change into another woman while having sex with her but just the idea of that and half the other stuff David deals with in this movie is enough to blow your mind. As things go along you are as confused and uncertain about things as out main character and that’s what makes this movie soo weird and fun to watch.
06: Videodrome (1983)
How can you have a list like this without a film by David Cronenberg?? And out of all the weird things he’s put on film, I think Videodrome takes the cake in the mind-tripping department. It’s about snuff, it’s about guns coming out of TVs and other places, and it’s about soo much it’s hard to do it justice here in just a few sentences. VHS is used to brainwash people and stuff is inserted into people’s chests, I think at this point I need to just hush and tell you all to go watch this and make your own conclusions about it ASAP!
05: Lost Highway (1997)
David Lynch is a master behind the camera. Not only does he make weird and trippy films, but he makes GOOD weird and trippy films. On the surface you could say that Lost Highway tells the story of a a saxophonist who murders his unfaithful wife. And while on death row, he escapes into his own bizarre and surreal recollections, revealing a deteriorated mental state. But that’s just putting things way waaaay to simple. In typical “Lynch fashion”, the movie has odd to creepy cinematography and just snowballs more and more out of control as the film goes along. It’s certainly one of those films you need to see more than once.
04: Donnie Darko (2001)
If Richard Kelly was only going to make one good film in his life (and apparently that’s the case) Donnie Darko was a good film to be credited for. Being both hated and loved by many, Donnie Darko to spite being set in the 80’s really was an odd story that connected with the feelings of many people from around the first decade of the 2000s. Mixing elements of depression, loneliness, and love all together with the end of the world and a giant rabbit, the results is a film that some get and some don’t. And to make it worse, even if you do “get it” who’s to know if how you see it is truly how it’s meant to be taken or not. Regardless, love it or hate it, you have to all agree it’s very mind-bending.
03: Pink Floyd The Wall (1982)
What happens when you take the brain child of legendary song writer Roger Waters and turn it from a weird (and very good) album into a full on movie? You get the acid trip that is, The Wall. A movie that dips into the downfall of a rockstar who is in his hotel room doped up out of his mind and mentally on the breaking point. Not only does this movie give you some of the strangest stuff ever seen on film, it also gives you some of the weirdest and most awesome animation you’ve ever seen as well. When I was a kid and saw this movie it just blew my mind and not at the age of 28 it’s still just as strange and creepy.
02: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Oh my my my, Stanley Kubrick was a very strange and talented man. You could have made a case for a number of his films to be placed on this list, but if you asked ten stoners what they love from Stanley Kubrick, nine out of the ten would probably say, “Oooh that 2001, bro!”. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a very strange cookie in more than one fashion. It stats off all weird with monkeys and it ends all weird in one of the more visually stunning sights you could have ever seen. A portion of the film that oddly enough syncs very well with Pink Floyd’s song “Echoes”. In between the start and finish of this film, to be honest with you, isn’t THAT exciting. I mean sure a Hal is losing his cyber mind and stuff happens, but it’s just the overall effects of the start and finish that drive this film home.
01: Eraserhead (1977)
And now here we are with THE most Mind-Tripping Movie ever made, Eraserhead. A creation from the mind of David Lynch, the results of this film is a film that has a different meaning depending on who you ask. And who knows for sure what it’s even about because Lynch isn’t saying. From a mutated baby, to a God-like being that pops up along the way in the film, one could spend hours trying to breakdown just what the hell this film is about. Is it about the fears of becoming a parent?? Is it just about sex?? Abortion perhaps?? Who the hell knows?? But one thing is for certain, while it may be a hard film to sit through for a great many of you, it’s hard to find any other film that tops this one in the trippy department.