Back on 4/20, we posted a list of 10 Trippy Movies for Stoners. Obviously we were not thinking clearly. The list should have been much more extensive. Life is long. And so is our… Sorry. Focus. Here are fifty more visually striking, narratively intriguing movies that are as fun to watch as they are to think about. Sit back, dim the lights and enjoy.
1. A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film about the violence in a dystopian British future is truly disturbing, but psychologically challenging, man.
2. Altered States
Ken Russell’s 1980 film features William Hurt and Drew Barrymore in their big-screen debuts. And the flick is about research into sensory deprivation and psychoactive drugs.
3. A Scanner Darkly
Richard Linklate’s adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel about drug addiction and intense police surveillance is a trippy mix of animation on top of filmed live action.
4. Flash Gordon
This spaced-out 1980 adaptation of the classic serial character features a fantastic Queen soundtrack, Max von Sydow as Ming The Merciless, and a lot of crazy, crazy visuals.
5. 200 Motels
Frank Zappa made this film in 1971 featuring Ringo Starr. That’s all you need to know.
6. Forbidden Zone
The Mystic Knights of The Oingo Boingo transform from a cabaret act to a New Wave force. Herve Villechaize appears and you’ll hear the first-ever film score from Danny Elfman.
According to this seminal 1988 anime film from Japan, we are only six years away from the dystopian cyberpunk future it depicts.
Legendary visual effects maven Douglas Trumbull crafts a tale of “The Hat,” a device used to record and exploit a person’s emotions for personal gain. What happens when Christopher Walken bangs somebody while wearing it? Ah, that’s a question for the ages.
9. Pan’s Labyrinth
Guillermo Del Toro’s masterpiece follows a young girl exposed to a nightmarish otherworld.
10. The Last Unicorn
Famed animators Rankin & Bass deserve our gratitude for creating a unicorn voiced by Mia Farrow who discovers the truth about why her (its?!) kind are on the verge of extinction.