Trippy Movies

Sunday, July 24 by Sheldon Reid

These trippy movies are surreal tales captured on film. The directors behind these movies were unafraid to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche or the most absurd stretches of the imagination. These works will thrill fans of psychological thrillers and fantasy adventures.  

  1. “Donnie Darko”  Young Donnie Darko has an unusual problem; a large and terrifying bunny appears to him in visions, forecasting the end of the world. This disturbing condition leads the pistol-wielding young man into some major trouble. The plot involves a mangling of parallel timelines, so take notes to keep up. Under the direction of Richard Kelly, Jake Gyllenhaal headed the cast of this trippy movie from 2001.
  2. “Southland Tales”  Here’s another trippy movie directed by Richard Kelly. “Southland Tales” follows the adventures of an amnesia-stricken movie star, a porn star and a police officer. Their fates wrap around a doomsday conspiracy in futuristic Los Angeles. Dwayne Johnson, Justin Timberlake, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Mandy Moore and Sean William Scott starred in this 2006 movie.
  3. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”  Terry Gilliam directed this trippy movie, which draws inspiration from the equally trippy novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Raoul Duke, a journalist played by Johnny Depp, and his assistant Dr. Gonzo, played by Benicio Del Toro, take a trip to Las Vegas. Seem simple enough? Well, it’s also worth noting that these two individuals have a trunk full of drugs – a huge variety of recreational drugs. The plot of this trippy movie is so bizzare that it’s hard to tell which parts are real and which parts are merely drug-induced ramblings.
  4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail”  This hilariously trippy movie is a product of Monty Python, a British comedy troupe. King Author and his knights quest for the Holy Grail, encountering all sorts of bizarre obstacles, such as the Knights who say Ni and the Rabbit of Caerbannog. Don’t expect a sensible ending. This film has no qualms with breaking the fourth wall. Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones directed the film in 1975.
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