You can find amusement and laughter in just about anything while you’re high. It’s true, however, that some films just go better with your euphoria than others. We’ve got you covered for your stoner-themed film library. In this section, you’ll find a list of the best psychedelic films that you can enjoy while flying.
1. American Beauty (1999)
As a result of the film’s striking visuals, viewers will find it both calming and frightening at the same time. Awakenings in the American suburbia are depicted in the film, while bourgeois American life is shown to be full of drudgery and angst.
This film’s rose petal pattern and suburban tensions make it the ultimate high-inducing movie.
Check out Death of a Salesman (1985) and Revolutionary Road (2008) if you enjoy well-crafted social commentary flicks.
2. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)
You may have heard of The Rocky Horror Show (1973), but now it’s time to learn about its lesser-known cult counterpart: Phantom of the Paradise.
To get Brian de Palma’s glam rock trash horror, combine the sombre tones of dark literary classics like Faust and The Picture of Dorian Gray, mix them with the psychedelic 70s style, and add a sprinkle of obscene humor.
Is it gratuitous, idiotic crap or horrifyingly singable gold? Critics have never been able to come to a definitive conclusion. You know it’s cult royalty when you see this kind of polarizing reaction.
3. Howard the Duck (1986)
Howard the Duck was an original Marvel film that occupied theaters and dominated the box office long before The Avengers, Spiderman, or X-Men.
It was a complete failure, in other words…
Even now, it’s as iconic a piece of comic book history as any of today’s new Marvel offerings.
To avert an alien invasion, a quick-witted, extraterrestrial duck is lowered into Earth’s atmosphere. To help him accomplish his goal? A scholarly scientist meets a down-on-her-luck female rock singer.
4. A Town Called Panic (2009)
Stop motion animation is a French art form. Toys are used to illustrate the surrealist adventure story in A Town Called Panic, which depicts a world of innocence and wonder. When three people come together to live and work in the same place, it’s hard to imagine anything more exciting than a journey to the depths of a sea and a frozen tundra.
You’ll see everything from pigs swimming in the ocean with octopi to a horse playing the piano.
It has been likened to Wallace and Gromit, but there truly isn’t anything quite like it out there. At this point, A Town Called Panic is the greatest choice for a high-octane trip movie.
5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
When you’re high, it’s a good idea to revisit some of your favorite childhood movies. It’s a combination of nostalgia, remembrance, and rediscovery that can leave you in awe.
Because of this, the original Willy Wonka movie is a scrumptious treat to see when high, because to its brilliant colors and Gene Wilder’s acting talents.
6. The Neon Demon (2016)
Neon Demon is a darkly satiric visual masterpiece. Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, 2011), the Danish enfant terrible filmmaker of this picture, shows the harmful consequences of society’s infatuation with women’s bodies.
In this haunting and surrealist opus, Natasha Braier is responsible for the stunning cinematography. The film’s strange but intriguing atmosphere is enhanced by Cliff Martinez’s evocative score. This is the perfect film to see when high.
7. The Cell (2000)
This mind-bending serial killer sci-fi features Jennifer Lopez and Vince Vaughn as the unlikely stars. Insane movies are a fan’s dream come true, and this one is no exception.
While the speech in The Cell can be a little stale, the visuals in this picture have yet to be surpassed. Imagine if Salvador Dali had access to special effects, and you’ll get a sense of the scope of this surrealist film experience.
From the moment you press play on this genre-defying film, you can expect a dark and unpleasant experience.
8. Fantasia (1940)
Eight animated shorts, each inspired by a different piece of classical music, make up Fantasia, Disney’s third animated feature film. For years, young children have been enthralled by the likes of Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky in this film.
Your high self will benefit greatly from re-watching some of these classic Disney films that you may not have seen since you were a child. You won’t regret re-discovering Fantasia’s stunning score and visual world.
9. A Field in England (2013)
A party of Civil War deserters eats questionable mushrooms in 17th-century England. Later, an Irish alchemist takes control of their world, and the reality of the spectator as well.
If you decide to watch this psychedelic masterpiece, you should be prepared for a particularly disturbing scenario. This picture, despite being a comedy, does have a dark side, and it’s not for the faint of heart.
10. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
On the list of best stoner films, you can’t go wrong with this psychedelic romp. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is one of Johnny Depp’s best performances, and one of the best hallucinogenic movies to watch while high, from the days when he took on minor indie roles and gave it his all.
Following an eccentric journalist and his hysterical lawyer as they journey to Las Vegas, the story is based on an actual event (seemingly by way of the underworld).