10 Trippy Films for 420! [LIST]


It's April 20th, which means it's international get baked day! As many stoners and nerds alike know, some films are just better stoned. So in honor of what Wikipedia refers to as an international day of counterculture, The Movie Cult presents 10 trippy films to watch high this 420! Or any other day of the year, you do you! 

Annihilation
Alex Garland's visually stunning scifi film just came out earlier this year and it's already cemented itself as one of the great science fiction films of our time. With some of the best visuals on film in the past decade, it's perfect for 420.

Being John Malkovich
The story of a man who discovers a passageway that leads into the mind of actor John Malkovich is a trip even when sober. Why not give yourself over to the madness, light a spliff and next thing you know you'll be seeing Malkovich's everywhere!

Beyond The Black Rainbow
Category Is: Canadian Art House Sci-Fi! This completely insane and vastly underrated gem tells the story of a young psychic being held captive by a mad scientist. Chock full of haunting hallucinatory imagery, it is the perfect film for those looking for something truly out there. 

Doctor Strange
While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is at this point pretty mainstream (Billions at the box office and even my Mom binged Jessica Jones), Doctor Strange is probably one of the weirdest mind trip to hit number one at the box office. Open your mind and watch Butterscotch Cabbagepatch and Tilda Swinton take on multiple dimensions and fight to stop Hannibal from feeding the world to an interdimensional being.

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
This tale of teenage angst, wormholes, and 4th-dimensional physics is a cult classic among stoners for a reason. Featuring the sullen Jake Gyllenhaal as Donnie, the director's cut inserts a ton of the physics into the film and cranks up the weird. 

From Beyond
Stuart Gordan, one of the masters of horror delivers a neon pink goo filled nightmare with his adaptation of HP Lovecraft's short story. Stimulate your glands with some ganja and next thing you know you too might find yourself seeing interdimensional beings and being warped into something unrecognizable. 

Suspiria
Dario Argento's candy-colored Fantasma already pop off the screen. After smoking a joint, the film will melt your brain with its bold use of color, light, and blood. Just don't smoke too much or you might become convinced your new ballet school ballet school is home to an evil coven of witches... Oh, wait?!

The Fountain
The films mind-blowing visuals are achieved using macro photography instead of the more common CGI. The result is truly some of the best sci-fi ever made. Combine that with the 3 different time periods, and the plot which doesn't treat it's audience like they can't follow, it's a perfect movie for stoners and occasional tokers alike. 

The Shining
This list wouldn't be complete without a contribution from the meticulous auteur Stanley Kubrick. For my money, The Shining is the perfect blend of suspense and bizarre visuals. Eat a cookie and check in to the Overlook, we've been waiting for you.

The Fall
Tarsem Singh is visually speaking the most underrated filmmaker working. His globe-trotting fairytale makes for the perfect film for 420. The sumptuous visuals, exotic locals, and incredibly clever camera tricks are stunning but won't overwhelm. 

Honorable Mentions:
There are so many more films that would work depending on your tastes. I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to some more films that would be great for a stimulating screening on 420. Movies that almost made the list included: Videodrome, Melancholia, Return to Oz, mother!, Gremlins 2, The Big Lebowski, The Devils, The Cell, The Dark Crystal, The Holy Mountain, 2001: A Space Odessey, Enter The Void, Fantasia, Altered States, Naked Lunch, Enemy and The Science of Sleep.

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