32 Trippy Movies or Shows To Take You Out of This World… Sober or Not

Prepare to embark on a mind-bending journey as we unveil some of our favorite surreal and otherworldly psychedelic films and television series…

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1. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

2. rick & morty (2013–present), 3. adventure time (2010–2018), 4. samsara (2011), 5. waking life (2001), 6. dr. strange (2016), 7. love death + robots (2019–present), 8. a clockwork orange (1971), 9. yellow submarine (1968), 10. 2001: a space odyssey (1968), 11. fear and loathing in las vegas (1998), 12. fantastic planet (1973), 13. inception (2010) , 14. black mirror (2011–present) , 15. altered states (1980) , 16. greener grass (2019) , 17. maniac (2018) , 18. naked lunch (1991) , 19. enter the void (2009) , 20. russian doll (2019–present) , 21. the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy (2005) , 22. the holy mountain (1973) , 23. stranger things (2016–present) , 24. fantasia (1940) , 25. midnight gospel (2020), 26. alice in wonderland (1951).

  • 27. The Umbrella Academy (2019–Present)

28. Spirited Away (2001)

28. avatar (2009), 29. bill & ted’s excellent adventure (1989), 30. rupaul’s drag race (2009–present), 31. avenue 5 (2020–present), 32. interstellar (2014), related: psychedelic-inspired movies & documentaries.

Psychedelics have influenced art for millennia. Psychedelia refers to works of art — from paintings and sculptures to music and film — inspired by hallucinogenic substances and the altered states of consciousness they produce. 

Psychedelic cinema began as part of the 1960s counterculture, and it has stuck around ever since. From the 1968 Beatles film “The Yellow Submarine” to more recent cult animated series such as “Rick and Morty,” psychedelia has had a firm and mind-bending grip on TV for over six decades. 

In this article, we’ll look at 32 of the best trippy movies and TV series to watch, both new and old…

Fantastic Mr. Fox was written by Roald Dahl in 1970 and later adapted into an 87-minute-long movie by Wes Anderson in 2009. It’s a whimsical and visually stunning journey portrayed in stop-motion animation, and the vibrant, bizarre characters and surreal world-building make it a psychedelic experience for viewers of all ages.

Wes Anderson is famous for his unique narrative style, eccentricity, and visually stunning films. Fantastic Mr. Fox isn’t as iconic as some of the other “psychedelic” movies on this list, but it deserves a spot for its unusual color palette, unique animation style, and surrealist dialogue. 

Other Trippy Wes Anderson Films:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • The Darjeeling Limited
  • Isle of Dogs
  • The Royal Tenebaums

Rick and Morty is a psychedelic sci-fi animated series created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland. This animated series explores the misadventures of an eccentric scientist, Rick, and his good-hearted but easily influenced grandson, Morty. 

With its mind-bending sci-fi concepts, dark humor, and surreal dimensions, Rick & Morty is a must-watch for fans of psychedelia. This series is visually stunning and extremely “trippy.” Psychedelic visuals, mind-bending concepts, and paradoxical storylines make this a gripping and visually entertaining series for the sober and intoxicated mind.

Adventure Time is an animated children’s television series created by Pendleton Ward, but this seemingly innocent show has a much darker backstory. Adventure Time is set in a nuclear wasteland and takes viewers on a journey through the “Land of Ooo,” where a boy named Finn and his magical dog, Jake, encounter bizarre creatures and surreal landscapes.

Adventure Time’s colorful, imaginative world set in a post-apocalyptic future after the “Great Mushroom War” makes it an intriguing watch for those looking for a deep, trippy tale to sink their teeth into. 

Samsara is a cult classic created by Ron Fricke in 2011. A little different from the average piece of psychedelic fiction, Samsara is a visually breathtaking documentary that explores the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth across various cultures and landscapes. 

This wordless film invites its viewers to contemplate the interconnectedness of all existence. Entirely shot in stunning 70mm and backed with an intense and emotionally beautiful soundtrack, Samsara transports you across the globe to sacred grounds, disaster zones, and natural wonders. 

This film is often described as the closest representation (perceptually speaking) of psychedelic perception without consuming a mind-altering substance. Whether you watch Samsara intoxicated or sober, it’ll leave you questioning our entire existence. 

Created by Richard Linklater and released in 2002, Waking Life is a groundbreaking rotoscoped film that blurs the line between waking life and the dream world. 

This animated drama challenges the viewer’s perception of reality by exploring concepts such as life and death, reality and dreams, existentialism, and “the meaning of life.” The protagonist of Waking Life engages in surreal, philosophical conversations with a range of characters, making it a thought-provoking and visually captivating journey from start to finish.

Dr. Strange — created by Scott Derrickson and released in 2016 — introduces viewers to the mystical side of the Marvel Universe. With mind-bending visuals, alternate dimensions, and psychedelic imagery, Doctor Strange is a trip into the world of sorcery and spirituality.

Doctor Strange is unlike any other superhero movie out there. A story about a neurosurgeon with a destroyed career (Dr. Strange), the film takes you on a familiar Marvel “world-saving journey.” However, the villainous threats are interdimensional rather than physical…

Love Death and Robots is a Netflix Original series created by Tom Miller and David Fincher. Each episode features a new story by a different director and boasts a variety of different animation techniques, from traditional 2D animation to stop-motion and claymation — all with trippy visuals and utterly strange storylines, many of which don’t include dialogue. 

This anthology series explores a wide range of science fiction and fantasy themes. Each episode is a unique and often psychedelic experience, blending cutting-edge animation with thought-provoking storytelling.  

Not every episode offers a psychedelic vibe, so here are some of the really “trippy” episodes:

  • Beyond the Aquila Rift: Directed by Léon Bérelle, Dominique Boidin, Rémi Kozyra, and Maxime Luère
  • Sonnie’s Edge: Directed by Dave Wilson
  • Zima Blue: Directed by Robert Valley
  • The Witness: Directed by Alberto Mielgo
  • Good Hunting: Directed by Oliver Thomas
  • Helping Hand: Directed by Jon Yeo
  • Lucky 13: Directed by Jon Yeo
  • The Secret War: Directed by István Zorkóczy

This cult classic was created in 1971 by Stanley Kubrick and is an adaptation of Anthony Burgess’s novel of the same name. It’s a disturbing exploration of violence and free will set in a near-future society. 

Anthony Burgess wrote the novel in the early 1960s at a time when experimentation with various substances, including LSD , was taking place in certain cultural and scientific circles. Burgess was supposedly inspired to write the novel after his real-life involvement in a CIA-run mind-control program that many speculate was the infamous “MK-Ultra” experiment .

The story revolves around the protagonist “Alex DeLarge” and his gang of “droogs.” In the dystopian society depicted in the story, the government attempts to control crime through a controversial rehabilitation program that seeks to “cure” criminals — raising questions about the ethics of state control and the right to freedom.

The film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange depicts Anthony Burgess’s story beautifully. Its surreal, dystopian imagery and haunting soundtrack create an unsettling and thought-provoking experience.

The Yellow Submarine is an animated musical journey directed by George Dunning featuring the pioneering psychedelic band “The Beatles.” Filled with psychedelic visuals, iconic Beatles tracks, and an eccentric narrative, the Yellow Submarine captures the spirit of the 1960s counterculture.

Yellow Submarine is known for its vibrant, surreal, and visually striking animation style. The plot revolves around The Beatles’ journey to save the peaceful and colorful “Pepperland” from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

The movie was released during the height of the psychedelic era and counterculture movement and reflects the spirit of the 60s. It captures the peace, love, and exploration of psychedelic-induced altered states of consciousness that characterized that period.

1968 was a good year for psychedelic films. A Space Odyssey — created by Stanley Kubrick — was released less than a month before The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”

This psychedelic masterpiece takes viewers on a mind-bending journey through human evolution and encounters with extraterrestrial intelligence. Its iconic visuals and enigmatic storyline have made it a classic of psychedelic cinema.

Set in the futuristic landscape of 2001 (yes, 2001), A Space Odyssey offers viewers a cinematic journey that challenges perceptions and invites contemplation. Although the special effects may seem a little weak in modern times, this film’s transcendent and surreal journey through time and space creates a visually stunning and mind-bending experience. 

The film is most famous for its climatic sequence, where the astronaut “Dave Bowman” undergoes a transformation beyond the confines of time and space. This scene resonates with the sense of awe and expanded consciousness associated with consuming psychedelics.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — created by Terry Gilliam in 1998 — is based on Hunter S. Thompson’s novel “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream (1971).”

The film follows two journalists — Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo — on a trip to Las Vegas to cover a motorcycle race. The film quickly devolves into a wild and hallucinatory adventure fueled by an array of drugs, including LSD, cocaine, and various other substances.

As the main characters navigate the chaotic landscape of Las Vegas, they encounter some utterly bizarre characters and grapple with their own distorted perceptions of reality. Terry Gilliam’s visually arresting style mirrors the disorienting and hallucinatory experiences of Raoul and Dr. Gonzo. The film’s use of exaggerated and distorted visuals amplifies the psychedelic quality of the narrative and makes it a truly “trippy” and gripping watch.

Fantastic Planet — based on the novel “Oms en série” by Stefan Wul (1957) — was created by René Laloux in 1973. It’s a surreal and thought-provoking animated Sci-Fi film set on the distant planet of Ygam, where humans are subjugated by a dominant, giant, blue-skinned alien race known as the “Draags” — sounds pretty trippy, right?

The film follows the story of “Terr” — a human who is taken as a pet by a young alien Draag named “Tiwa.” Terr becomes part of a group of rebellious humans who seek freedom from the oppression of the Draags. The film explores themes of power, oppression, and the struggle for freedom as Terr and the other humans challenge their alien overlords.

The unique art style, philosophical themes, trippy soundtrack, and dreamlike narrative of Fantastic Planet make it a quintessential psychedelic film that has become a cult classic. 

Inception — directed by Christopher Nolan — is a mind-bending thriller that revolves around the concept of entering and manipulating people’s dreams. Dom Cobb — played by Leonardo DiCaprio — is a skilled “extractor” who enters the dreams of his targets to obtain their secrets. The film tells the story of Cobb’s challenging task of planting an idea in a person’s mind by entering their subconscious — this process is known as inception…

Inception’s intricate narrative and psychedelic dreamscapes make it a trippy, visually stunning, and exciting watch. The film explores the depths of the human subconscious, creating a labyrinthine of dreamscapes where reality and illusion blur. The mind-bending scenes and the concept of “a dream within a dream” contribute to its utterly trippy nature.

Black Mirror — created by Charlie Brooker — is an anthology series comprised of standalone episodes. Each installment tells a unique story that explores the dark side of society, technology, and human nature. The series presents a near-future dystopian world where various episodes tackle themes like surveillance, social media, virtual reality, and the consequences of advanced technology on humanity. 

Black Mirror delves into the uncomfortable and nightmarish possibilities of our technological future — some of which seem quite “close to home.” Each episode presents a unique, mentally challenging vision, leaving viewers questioning the potential consequences of their actions in a rapidly changing world. 

The mind-bending concepts and often psychedelic visuals of Black Mirror make it a trippy watch. It’s probably best to avoid this series if you’re tripping though — it’s a bit deep and occasionally scary.

Altered States — directed by Ken Russell — is a classic 1980s Sci-Fi horror film that tells the story of Dr. Edward Jessup (William Hurt), a scientist who experiments with sensory deprivation tanks and psychoactive substances in an attempt to explore altered states of consciousness. These experiments lead to bizarre and surreal transformations through hallucinatory experiences…

This film’s exploration of altered states of consciousness and the visual effects that accompany these experiences make it a mind-bending, psychedelic watch that leaves the viewer questioning reality. As Dr. Jessup’s sensory deprivation experiments escalate, the film takes viewers on a psychedelic journey through his mind, filled with surreal and visually trippy sequences.

Greener Grass is a dark comedy film directed by Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe. The film is set in a surreal suburban neighborhood where the residents lead seemingly perfect lives. However, the story takes a bizarre turn as two friends Jill and Lisa (played by the directors), navigate strange social norms and peculiar “psychotic politeness” in a world filled with “fake people.” 

This film is utterly absurd. Its otherworldly setting and bizarre character interactions make it a trippy and thought-provoking watch. The narrative is an exploration of societal norms and conformity, all presented with a surreal and deadpan sense of humor. It’s a complex yet simple film that’s worth a watch if you enjoy films with unusual concepts.

Maniac is a limited series created by Patrick Somerville. It follows the lives of two strangers, Owen (played by Jonah Hill) and Annie (played by Emma Stone). The two participate in a pharmaceutical trial conducted by “Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech.”

The trial involves a series of mind-bending drug-induced experiences, each uniquely crafted to address the participants’ personal issues as a form of “psychedelic-assisted therapy” (if you can call it that). Maniac is full of surreal and psychedelic sequences, taking viewers through alternate realities, dreamscapes, and hallucinogenic trips.

The film explores the boundaries of reality and delves deep into the psyches of Owen and Annie, creating visually stunning and psychedelic landscapes. This short series (10 episodes) is well worth a watch if you enjoy TV series with psychedelic scenes and mind-bending concepts. 

Naked Lunch is a surreal adaptation of William S. Burroughs’ novel (1959) by the same name. Directed by David Cronenberg, the film follows the life of William Lee (played by Peter Weller) — an exterminator and drug addict who becomes entangled in a bizarre, nightmarish world of espionage and addiction. 

Reality and drug-induced hallucinations blur as William delves into a bizarre world filled with a variety of visual textures. 

Naked Lunch is famous for its nightmarish, psychedelic visuals that reflect the chaotic and disjointed writings of William S. Burrough. From scene to scene the feel of the film changes — going from “drab and muted” to “colorful and vibrant” in the blink of an eye. The film explores themes of addiction and control, presenting a surreal and disturbing experience. 

Enter The Void — directed by Gaspar Noé — follows the story of a young drug dealer named Oscar who is shot and killed in Tokyo, Japan. The film explores his journey as a disembodied spirit, witnessing the lives of his friends and sister after his death. 

The story is immersive and surreal — exploring the idea of the afterlife and the altered states of consciousness present through life and death…

Enter The Void is a visually intense experience. It offers a continuous, first-person perspective that immerses the viewer in a psychedelic journey filled with bright, neon colors and disorienting visuals.

Russian Doll is a Netflix Original series created by Natasha Lyonne, Leslye Headland, and Amy Poehler. The series is centered around Nadia Vulvokov (played by Natasha Lyonne). In the first series, Nadia finds herself trapped in a time loop where she keeps dying — sometimes from the most unlikely of events — and reliving the same night over and over again. Each time she dies, she returns to the same moment at her birthday party.

The second series follows a similar time-oriented theme but sees Nadia traveling back in time to periods that greatly affected her and her family. 

Russian Doll is extremely trippy. The exploration of existential themes, time loops, and multiple realities make it a psychedelic experience for the viewer. The repetitive nature of the plots in both series, coupled with philosophical and surreal elements, creates a unique and thought-provoking viewing experience. This is definitely a binge-worthy series for fans of trippy storylines. 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a Sci-Fi comedy directed by Garth Jennings. Based on Douglas Adams’ novel of the same name, the film follows the adventures of Arthur Dent (played by Martin Freeman), who is unexpectedly swept off Earth by aliens just before its destruction.

Arthur embarks on a journey through space with an eccentric group of alien and human characters, including Ford Prefect (played by Mos Def) and Zaphod Beeblebrox (played by Sam Rockwell).

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is known for its bizarre and absurd humor as well as its depiction of the nonsensical nature of the universe. This comedic journey through a whimsical intergalactic world is a must-watch for Sci-Fi, comedy, and psychedelic film fans.

The Holy Mountain — directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky — is a surrealist film that follows a Christ-like figure named “The Thief” as he embarks on a journey with a group of eccentric individuals, each representing a planet in the solar system. The story explores themes of spirituality, mysticism, altered states of consciousness, and the search for enlightenment.

The Holy Mountain is full of surreal and symbolic imagery. It’s visually stunning and filled with bizarre, dreamlike sequences that challenge conventional narrative structures, cinematography, and editing. 

Stranger Things is a hit Sci-Fi horror series created by the Duffer Brothers. Set in the 1980s, this multi-season Netflix Original series follows a group of kids in the town of Hawkins, Indiana. The children encounter supernatural forces, government conspiracies, and a dark, mystical parallel dimension known as “the Upside Down.”

The show’s “trippy” nature is a result of its blend of supernatural and science fiction elements, along with its references to 1980s pop culture. The alternate dimension of the Upside Down, supernatural creatures, and the show’s mind-bending chain of events creates a surreal and suspenseful atmosphere. 

If you haven’t watched this one yet, set some time aside — it’s gripping for people of all backgrounds, not just those who enjoy a trippy series…

Fantasia is an animated feature film produced by Walt Disney in 1940. It offers a unique blend of classical music and animation, featuring various segments set to different pieces of music — including a scene where a group of Fly Agaric ( Amanita muscaria ) mushrooms uproot and dance… Trippy, right?

This isn’t your “usual” psychedelic film. Fantasia’s innovative and abstract animation sequences that interpret classical music in surreal and imaginative ways make it a great watch for those under the influence of something a little psychedelic. 

Unless you’re a huge Disney fan, you’re probably not going to sit down and watch the film from start to finish. However, if you like trippy visuals and classic stop-motion animation, it’s a great movie to put on in the background to set the scene while you’re chilling, tripping, or are lost for what to watch.

“The Midnight Gospel” is a vibrant and profoundly existential animated series created by Pendleton Ward, known for “Adventure Time,” and comedian Duncan Trussell.

Each episode follows Clancy, a spacecaster (podcaster in space), who uses a malfunctioning multiverse simulator to interview beings living in other worlds. These interviews are illustrated versions of real conversations recorded between Duncan Trussell and his various podcast guests. Each episode delves into complex topics like spirituality, death, rebirth, and the human condition.

What sets “The Midnight Gospel” apart is its ability to juxtapose deep, existential, and sometimes dark conversations with bright, chaotic, and often humorous psychedelic visuals.

“Alice in Wonderland” is Disney’s animated adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel — which was first released in 1951. This movie is the quintessential trip down the rabbit hole of psychedelic storytelling. 

The film follows Alice, a young girl who falls into a fantastical world filled with peculiar, often nonsensical characters and experiences that defy all logic.

This film is renowned for its colorful, vivid animation and imaginative character designs, from the enigmatic Cheshire Cat to the temperamental Queen of Hearts. The narrative is a series of bizarre and whimsical encounters, including a mad tea party, a hookah-smoking caterpillar, and an enigmatic (albeit creepy) magical cat.

Alice in Wonderland is a mind-bending journey — leaving viewers wondering whether it was a dream, a psychedelic adventure, or an exploration of the unconscious. 

27. The Umbrella Academy (2019–Present )

“The Umbrella Academy,” a Netflix original series that premiered in 2019, is an adaptation of the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. It combines elements of superhero lore, time travel, and family drama in a quirky, often surreal narrative.

The show revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted siblings, each with unique superpowers, who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death and prevent an impending apocalypse. The Umbrella Academy stands out for its unconventional storytelling, eccentric characters, and anachronistic visual style.

“Spirited Away” is an animated masterpiece directed by the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki. It’s a pinnacle of animated fantasy films and a journey into a richly imaginative and surreal world. It touches on themes of growth and resilience, identity, environmental consciousness, and the clash between tradition and modernity.

This film is celebrated for its lush and detailed animation, bringing to life a world filled with spirits, witches, and mythical creatures.

The film’s dreamlike quality, combined with its allegorical storytelling, makes it a transcendent experience. The blend of traditional Japanese folklore with a modern narrative creates an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere that captivates and transports viewers into its magical realm. It’s a visual and emotional journey that embodies the essence of a psychedelic adventure, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre.

One of our favorite podcasts —  Very Bad Wizards  — recently did an excellent philosophical breakdown of this movie that’s definitely worth listening to if you dig this movie as much as we do.

Other Trippy Hayao Miyazaki Films:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle
  • My  Neighbor Totoro
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Avatar (directed by James Cameron) is known for its revolutionary visual effects and immersive 3D experience. 

The story takes place on a far-away planet called “Pandora” — a lush, bioluminescent rainforest filled with extraordinary creatures and floating mountains. The vivid and detailed CGI creates an enchanting and believable alien world that’s both visually spectacular and narratively engaging.

This movie explores themes of environmentalism, colonialism, and the connection between beings and their ecosystem. The spiritual and cultural practices of Pandora’s natives, the Na’vi, their deep bond with nature, and the visually mesmerizing landscape of Pandora contribute to the film’s psychedelic allure.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is the “ultimate time-traveling buddy comedy.” 

The story revolves around two friends — Bill and Ted — who discover a time-traveling phone booth and use it to meet key figures throughout history. Their adventure involves kidnapping Napoleon, jamming with Beethoven, and partying with Lincoln.

Their experiences are just as absurd as they are entertaining.

While not psychedelic in the traditional visual sense, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” is a cult classic that takes a lighthearted approach to what could otherwise be a complex sci-fi concept. The film’s charm lies in its simplicity, the comedic chemistry of its leads (Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter), and its creative take on time travel.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” created and hosted by the iconic RuPaul Charles, premiered in 2009 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. This reality competition show is not only a celebration of drag culture but also a vibrant showcase of creativity, fashion, and performance art.

Each season, a group of talented drag queens competes in various challenges that test their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent. The show is known for its dazzling runway looks, over-the-top challenges, and the dramatic, often comedic interactions between contestants.

While “RuPaul’s Drag Race” may not be psychedelic in the traditional sense, it’s trippy in its visual extravaganza and flamboyant display of colors, costumes, and make-up.

Avenue 5 is a science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. 

Set in the future, the show revolves around the misadventures of the crew and passengers of a luxury space cruise ship, the Avenue 5, which encounters a series of technical difficulties.

The series is known for its satirical take on space travel and the absurdity of luxury consumerism in an extraterrestrial setting. Hugh Laurie stars as the ship’s captain, Ryan Clark, who must manage a dysfunctional crew and increasingly restless passengers as they grapple with the reality of being stuck in space.

What makes “Avenue 5” trippy is its blend of futuristic sci-fi elements with outrageous comedy. The show presents a humorous yet somewhat plausible depiction of space tourism gone wrong, complete with over-the-top characters and bizarre situations.

Interstellar is a visually stunning and intellectually stimulating science fiction film. The story follows a group of astronauts, led by Matthew McConaughey’s character, Cooper, as they journey through a wormhole near Saturn in search of a new habitable planet for a dying humanity.

The film is renowned for its scientifically informed depiction of space travel, black holes, and time dilation. “Interstellar” presents a realistic yet awe-inspiring vision of the cosmos, brought to life with groundbreaking visual effects and theoretical physics, courtesy of consultant Kip Thorne, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist.

Beyond its scientific grounding, “Interstellar” delves into profound themes of love, survival, and the human spirit. The narrative’s exploration of time as a non-linear dimension and its impact on the characters’ lives adds a deeply emotional and philosophical layer to the movie.

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The 25 Best Mind-Bending Movies of All Time

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Mind-bending movies – stories that deliberately target the audience’s brain as their plaything, either by making us work through their abstract mysteries, or by pulling the rug from underneath the audience in its final moments, or taking us on a spiralling dream-like journey like no other film could.

Let’s examine the best of the best from this exclusive sub-genre, with a criteria of only one entry permitted by its director (otherwise this would just be a David Lynch and Christopher Nolan list). Prepare your mind…

25. Altered States (1980)

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Ken Russell was already Britain’s ‘Enfant Terrible’ before he went to the United States for this troubled production that quickly killed his chance of working there again. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky (disowned by him as well), the film follows a Harvard scientist (William Hurt) who becomes obsessed with finding human nature’s true role in the universe. How does he set about doing this? By locking himself in an isolation chamber and taking hallucinatory drugs – as you do.

The film devolves into silly nonsense as Hurt’s physical state regresses to primal form as a reaction to this ordeal, yet where the film flourishes is with its incredible ‘vision’ related imagery; here Russell is truly in his element as he creates an awe-inspiring world that likely stands as the most stunning and elaborately made hallucinogenic sequences put to celluloid, as well as his strongest work in that specific field (which is saying something). The plot is interesting even if some of the execution is flawed, yet it’s more than worth your time for its trippy mise-en-scene and hellish imagery.

24. Triangle (2009)

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This strong little thriller from underrated director Christopher Smith makes for a loopy and memorable experience that squeezes the most out of its premise – a group of travellers are stranded on an empty cruise ship within the Bermuda Triangle. It isn’t soon after that they’re all stalked by a hooded axe-wielding killer – yet things aren’t all that they seem.

Playing with the standard ‘slasher’ tropes Smith knows so well, “Triangle” plays up the facade of the familiar and then slowly strips away those elements and introduces a cracking labyrinth-like plot that will leave most dumbfounded by its conclusion. It’s helped by some gripping direction and a game performance by its lead Melissa George, in what is a must-watch for genre fans in the mood for something different with their kicks. Just be prepared for something closer to “Donnie Darko” than “Friday the 13th.”

23. Predestination (2015)

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One of the more recent and overlooked entries in this article, Ethan Hawke reunited with his “Daybreakers” directors, the Spierig brothers, for this sci-fi mystery with a hell of an end twist that stands as one of the best in recent memory.

Ultimately, to discuss this film in high capacity would to do it a giant disservice, so in simple terms, Hawke is a time-traveling enforcer on an adamant mission to hunt down the “Fizzle Bomber,” a terrorist who attacks specifically in 1975 New York. Sounds high concept enough? Well things get suitably strange when his story intertwines with Sarah Snook’s, a young woman with a troubled past and even more complex gender issues.

A tense and clever thriller with juicy sci-fi elements and a nutty third act. Slickly directed by the Spierigs and anchored by two fantastic central performances by Hawke and Snook, resulting in the best time travel thriller in recent times (sorry “Looper”).

22. Fight Club (1999)

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David Fincher’s masterpiece satire on the pre-millennial male deserves a spot here, regardless of carrying one of cinema’s most known twists.

If you didn’t know already, Edward Norton’s aimless office worker has his life flipped upside down as he becomes involved with a dysfunctional love interest (a hilarious Helena Bonham Carter) and, more importantly, Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), an enigmatic yet frightful mentor.

Fincher’s source material was already chock full of Chuck Palahniuk’s vivid opinions and acidic humour, yet the director is able to add to the colourful text in an incredible exercise in take-no-prisoners style, balancing its black comedy within an insane mind puzzle. Every moment of the movie is building up to its third act twist in such an eclectic manner that on repeat viewings it’s amazing you didn’t see it coming – it’s the most famous ‘mind screws’ in celluloid, but it can back up all that the hype with a cracking (if often referenced) piece of cinema.

21. Abre los Ojos (1997)

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In the late 90s, filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar had a penchant for twisty thrillers that bitch slapped your brain, with no better example than with this buzzworthy hit – an impactful morality tale of a wealthy playboy (Eduardo Noriega) who beds the wrong lady and ends up mutilated in car crash for his troubles. With his physique and mind severely traumatised, things dive into paranoid thriller territory with a helping of sci-fi.

Beautifully and carefully made with an airtight script to match its far-flung twists, “Abre los Ojos” still stands as Amenabar’s best work, so much so that even when Hollywood did a big budget Tom Cruise remake (“Vanilla Sky” in 2001), it could only feel like a decent copy shrouded by the shadow of the original. This just helped assert that it’s a mission impossible to replicate the magic of something this fresh, original and balls-out weird.

20. Identity (2003)

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A typically dark and stormy night where a handful of strangers end up stranded in a musty motel. A mysterious killer picks them off one by one, and then they all realise they’re connected in more ways than one. So far, so Agatha Christie, right?

Well, therein lies the fun factor with this piece – as formulaic genre fodder, it’s solid and executed way better than it deserves, directed by James Mangold with a loving handle on genre tropes and moody atmospheres, plus a cracking good cast (John Cusack, Ray Liotta, John Hawkes). Yet what really pushes this one to ‘mind fuck’ levels is its third act, which opens a door to very fresh and completely unexpected territory. To delve into it too much would do a disservice but for those who’ve missed this one, give it a look for a wonderfully pulpy yet equally clever horror/thriller.

19. Mind Game (2004)

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Anime has a great tradition of making completely insane movies that can fascinate yet confuse, and none would be more appropriate than this mid-2000’s effort that should’ve changed its title to ‘mind fuck’ since it so definitively manifests that category.

Nishi is a dorky aspiring manga artist whose infatuation with his high school crush eventually leads him on a crazy journey where he ends up everywhere, from a gangster’s car to a whale’s belly, to even the afterlife itself (before being resurrected, of course).

Director Masaaki Yuasa throws a shed worth of concepts and thematics at us at once, all felt even more schizophrenic by its constant flippant styles of animations, from floaty hand-drawn to CGI, to even live-action melding. Thankfully it lacks pretension somehow and manages to be a hilarious and sometimes touching adventure that, well, happens to be weird as all hell.

18. Primer (2004)

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This indie has split several opinions on it – some feel it’s a refreshingly mature take on the sci-fi genre, whilst otherwise feel it’s an unnecessary complicated mess with amateur acting and boring direction. To be honest, both could be true, but somewhere in the middle lies a gripping mind puzzle, one that sheds any high-concept gloss for its subject in a stripped bare examination of how someone could realistically build a time machine, and the dire repercussions it would have in turn.

Shane Carruth’s directorial debut can feel frustrating at times, as it purposely makes the plot difficult to follow. The first 30 minutes are fairly make or break, as we have tech talk thrown at us at a rapid overlapping pace, with a jarring handheld style and non-conventional plot structure. Does it feel unnecessarily dense? Perhaps, but the work the audience does becomes satisfying as things pay off in its third act, and unravels a whip-smart plot in what might be the definitive film on the mechanics of time travel.

30 Replies to “The 25 Best Mind-Bending Movies of All Time”

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I can’t respect a ‘best of…’ list that includes Fight Club.

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I’m sure they’re devastated by that

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Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

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Haha, predestination

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Shut up, Dipshit.

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All movies of David Lynch can fit here.

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TimeCrimes is AMAZING. I actually think that Triangle, which came out a couple of years later, actually plagiarised some parts of that movie.

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Eraserhead? Mulholland Drive? This list needs at least one Lynch.

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Cool list! But personally I’d replace `Identity’ with Ex Machina… Reason: I just didn’t find `Identity’ a good movie; let alone a good mindbender movie. And remember the cool moment in Ex Machina in the mirror? It’s not even a major part of the story! (omg so cool.) Also I would add `Eyes Wide Shut’ and both Blade Runners… Should be more P K Dick movies in here. Just my $0.02. Anyway – great list, don’t get me wrong… 🙂 And yeh `Fight Club’ has to be on the list. …Happy to start a fight with anyone who disagrees, actually, wait – they started it LOL 🙂 More mindbendery coolness: https://storyality.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/storyality-4b-on-mindbender-movies/ Also `Edge of Tomorrow’ should be on this list…

And hey yeah where’s the David Lynch movies? Anyway, everyone’s a critic 🙂 hehe

Am I the only one to think that TimeCrimes (2007) was actually plagiarised by Triangle (2009)? By the way, TimeCrimes is far cooler and much more mind bending. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebb611f907acc1bf79ed77188b40388a2bf5f2a51152fee3d6582aec98e13127.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1090b71eea25313315b996919417d983e806d22dce23600ed69289ddd07bec2b.jpg

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I thought so, too.

…and the “Taste of Cinema” never-ending blowjob to Chris Nolan continues…

“Triangle” sucked balls.

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Seems like Last Year At Marienbad is a pretty bold omission. And while I’m fond of both, I don’t think Triangle or Jacob’s Ladder are really too mind bending, what goes down in both is ultimately simple and accessible to most, and the plotting and details just take a bit of concentration. Would take off Pi as I don’t think it’s very good. Tetsuo I think deserves a place. And heck, why not drop the best in the title and highlight stuff like Wax, Or the Discovery of Television Among the Bees? Or Meet the Hollowheads or Dandy Dust or Decoder or Arcana or probably a whole bunch of other films that aren’t already on multiple lists on this site. Most of these are good to great films, well worth watching, but it seems like these lists are descending into pure repetition.

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When has Identity ever made a “best of” list? Wasn’t that the movie written by the stupid brother from Adaptation?

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I thought “Cube” had a great opening 20 mins then fell to bits….no pun intended.

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Triangle is complete garbage. How the fuck is that movie on this list? And I am not too sure about Predestination either.

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It has one. 13 – Lost Highway

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Predestination is solid. Not a masterpiece, not fu****up like Upstream Colours, but definitely the definition of a mind bending story!

The Prestige is a really solid movie, but maybe not THAT mind bending, I have to admit.

That being said, Nolan deserves all the praise… and the happy endings you refer to from reviewers! 😉

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I thought “The Prestige” was very mind bending …and the acting was superb.

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this list have mind blowing movies i will watch them but check these movies https://apkplate.com/news/10-best-mind-bending-movies-that-are-hard-to-understand/

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Trippy Movies That'll Make You Feel Like You're In An Altered State

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Vote up the best trippy movies to watch.

Movies have the magical ability to take audiences to the moon, any country in the world, or any time in history. They can also make you feel like you're high. Directors use techniques like distorted images, trippy music, bright colors, and complex, layered montage to achieve a stoned effect.

Some films that feel like a trip are straight-up stoner movies. No one is going to wax poetic after viewing Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke , but you may get contact high. Others, like Richard Linklater’s Waking Life , pose existential (AKA stoner talk ) questions about the mysteries of life. There are movies like Enter the Void , which was inspired by mind-altering substances and uses specific imagery to make audiences feel like they're on DMT. Finally, there are a few befuddling films on this list that don’t involve substance use at all.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Terry Gilliam's 1998 adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's literary classic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas takes spectators on a road trip to find the American dream. It's well-known Thompson indulged in large amounts  of various substances while writing his acclaimed novel. Gilliam was able to successfully translate Thompson's words with distorted, often animated hallucination-filled imagery. Want to get a sense of what a trip is like? Let Gilliam show you the way.

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Enter the Void

Enter the Void

Enter the Void  is perhaps Argentine writer/director's Gaspar Noé's most well-known movie (his second film, Irreversible , may be as infamous as Enter the Void is famous). The first person narrative takes place in seedy Tokyo nightclubs, and the story is told from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a dealer and user who is shot by the police. But that's not where his story ends; Oscar floats out of his body, spirit moving from place to place, dropping in on friends and family.

Enter the Void is a three-hour visual exploration of what it's like to take various substances. It's also way, way deep. To quote Noé on the origins of his ideas for the film : 

One day, in my 20s, I... had done too many mushrooms. I turned on the TV as I was coming down, and it was showing  Lady in the Lake , the Robert Montgomery film noir that’s filmed entirely through the character’s eyes. I wasn’t so much hallucinating at that point, but I thought it would be great to make a movie like this and add all the experiences I had... on mushrooms — telepathic perception, strange colors around people, the sense of floating. 
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2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey

Stanley Kubrick's epic 2001: A Space Odyssey  moves at a slow pace, often with long stretches of no dialogue, giving viewers time to let the visuals and themes percolate. Kubrick needed the film to appear as futuristic as possible; so futuristic in fact, he wanted the technology portrayed to be ahead of what NASA was doing. One of the trippiest sequences in the sci-fi classic is the famous Stargate scene, with its colored lights and ground breaking visual effects, which won the film an Oscar for Best Effects.

You won't know exactly why the Stargate scene is there or what it means, but you'll enjoy the light show nonetheless, and it may even make you question the great mysteries of the universe.

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Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

If you have no idea what's going on in Donnie Darko , you're getting it just fine. In many ways, the weirdness is the point. What exactly is the purpose of sinister, man-sized bunny Frank, who befriends alienated Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal)? Then there's the time travel thing, and that plane engine. Richard Kelly's underground classic is a stoner's delight, and has produced dozens of websites that exist for the sole purpose of trying to figure out the film's many mysteries. If you think you have it figured it, think again.

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Eraserhead

David Lynch's 1977 directorial debut Eraserhead is weird. Very, very weird. It's also totally illogical and opts to forego traditional storytelling. The tone is dark, the imagery meant to disturb, but also awaken, the audience. The lead character, Henry (Jack Nance), is a total loner who gets forced into marrying Mary X (Charlotte Stewart), who gives birth to a severely deformed baby. Then the incessant screaming begins.

Eraserhead is basically one big fever dream. However, it's also endlessly compelling.

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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

No one uses in Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), but they do endure some supreme confusion. Joel (Jim Carrey) chooses to undergo a procedure to erase the painful memory of his ex-girlfriend, Clementine (Kate Winslet). The procedure is a form of brain damage.

Charlie Kaufman's script is inventive and odd in the best ways imaginable. Because Joel's memories are being erased, his mind plays tricks on him with juxtaposing imagery. For example, we see Joel and Clementine's bed in the middle of a beach, and somehow the couple is able to take a bubble bath in a kitchen sink.

Through surreal imagery, a trippy structure, and heartbreaking narrative, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind asks probing questions about the nature of memory and identity. 

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Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

The groovy animated musical Yellow Submarine was inspired by The Beatles, and features several of their songs, including "Eleanor Rigby" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."  The illogical narrative takes spectators on a colorful and surreal journey, and is humorous, in a dry, British sort of way. When the Blue Meanies threaten Pepperland, The Beatles are enlisted to save the day.

Yellow Submarine is filled with odd, delightful characters and, of course, oodles of references to using.

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Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream

If you ever had the desire to know what it's like to take something, but were afraid to take the plunge, check out Darren Aronofsky's sophomore effort Requiem for a Dream . But first, you must know, it's one of the most disturbing movies to hit the silver screen. Aronofsky tells the tale of three young adults hooked on smack and one aging mother who gets addicted to uppers in an effort to lose weight for a TV appearance that will never happen.

Through the rapid editing style of hip hop montage and multiple CGI shots, Aronofsky shows audiences the bodily effects of use and the hellish nightmare of dependency.

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Brazil

Brazil  is another warped gem from Terry Gilliam, whose films could easily fill most spots on this list (he got his start with Monty Python, after all). The movie takes place in an absurd Orwellian world inundated with exceedingly strange visuals.  Brazil brilliantly blends black comedy, science fiction, and satire with way over-the-top fantasy elements.

Its inventive visuals are a delight to behold, even when combined with overtly graphic imagery. It will make you feel like you're tripping, in a good way. 

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Waking Life

Waking Life

Ever wonder how a person can tell the difference between waking life and dream life? That's just one of the philosophical questions Richard Linklater poses in his animated drama Waking Life . Often times, substances lead a person to spiritual and existential quandaries. That is the essence of Waking Life , in which a man sorts through several dream-like realities in order to find out the answers to life's greatest mysteries. In the end, the film doesn't answer any questions, but that's not the point. The point is to learn how to expand your own mind and figure out your own answers.

The animation style used in the film - a rotoscoping-based process layering actual footage and animation - further adds to the trippy feel of Waking Life .

Trainspotting

Trainspotting

Plenty of films make using seem glamorous and fun. Trainspotting  is not one of them. It's raw and real. The story follows a group of low-income young men in and around Edinburgh, Scotland as they use, get in fights, break the law, get blind drunk, and otherwise waste their lives. The film covers many years, and looks at the social and economic conditions that led to an epidemic and a potentially wasted, forgotten generation. 

A lot of Trainspotting is breezy and hilarious, despite unflinching depictions of the horror of withdrawal and the struggle to get clean. Danny Boyle's film pulls no punches in its depiction of hte realities of using.

You may have to watch the film a dozen times to understand what the characters are saying with their thick Scottish accents, but it doesn't really matter, the images say it all. 

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Under the Skin

Under the Skin

Director Jonathan Glazer spent longer than a decade developing Under the Skin from Michel Faber's novel, during which process he struck upon the idea of making a movie about human society as seen by an alien. If that weren't trippy enough, the movie stars Scarlett Johansson as an extraterrestrial living in Scotland who preys on human men. She seduces them, draws them into a pitch black world filled thick liquid, and consumes them. The otherworldly score, surreal imagery, and ethereal tone of Under the Skin submerses viewers in a haze. 

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Beyond The Black Rainbow

Beyond The Black Rainbow

Writer-director Panos Cosmatos's 2012 sci-fi horror film has a similar look and feel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey . Both films have the power to hypnotize, with striking visuals and bold, deliberate, mood-enhancing use of color. The electronic score of Beyond the Black Rainbow sets the film's mood and trippy vibe. Cosmatos brings the spectator into the world of the film with his use of extreme close-ups. 

Apocalypse Now

Apocalypse Now

Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam epic isn't your average war film. The movie opens with "This Is the End," a typically trippy song from The Doors, set to images of a burning jungle. Using layered montage, the scene transitions to the film's protagonist, Captain Willard (Martin Sheen), drunk and stoned into oblivion.

Seeking refuge, many soldiers in the film turn to substances. Coppola employs surreal sets, manic lighting, and the disorienting chaos of conflict to directly bring spectators into the mood.

“My film is not about Vietnam, it is Vietnam," Coppola once famously said about Apocalypse Now . More specifically, he was trying to recreate the experience of being at war while using, as many soldiers were in Vietnam. Apropos of this, the production was fraught with use . Martin Sheen suffered a heart attack and Dennis Hopper decided his character needed to do an ounce of coke a day, so the production supplied him with blow.  

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Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Another live action kid's movie that perhaps is catered to the stoner crowd. As you know from the song, Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) insists you "count to three and then you'll be in a world of pure imagination." Wonka's factory is not just a munchie utopia, it's a dream world filled with chocolate rivers, Oomapa-Loompas, and characters who float up chimneys and burp themselves down.

The film makes audiences of any age feel magical; there are no limits to the delicious delights of Wonka's factory, even with all his sinister pratfalls.

8½

What's real and what's fantasy in Italian director Federico Fellini's richly textured semi-autobiographical 8½ (1963)? The loose narrative follows Guido (a Fellini-esque filmmaker) as he attempts to make his latest cinematic masterpiece. However, the brilliance of the film comes during Guido's fantasy and dream sequences, which are filled with images that don't quite make sense.

8½ is one of the finest films ever made about filmmaking, it's endless self-reference and surreal fantasy elements will certainly make any mind spin with delight.

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The Doors

Oliver Stone's biography of legendary 1960s rock band The Doors is has several scenes featuring substance use. The most iconic, which will make you feel all trippy inside, is when the band travels to the Mojave Desert to take peyote. They hug, dance, and play in the sand. Jim Morrison (Val Kilmer) in voice over recites a bit of his surreal poetry:

When the serpent appears, his head is ten feet long and five feet wide. He has one red eye and one green eye. He's deadly and he's seven miles long. As he moves, on his scales is written all the history of the world, all people, all actions, all of us our little pictures on the scales, God it's big! And it's eating as it moves all the time, devouring, digesting consciousness, power, a monster of energy!
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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski

Coen Brothers neo-noir The Big Lebowski  is about a guy who's perpetually stoned, made in such a way you'll start to feel pretty blazed, too. The hazy, illogical narrative follows The Dude (Jeff Bridges), who smokes tons of weed, drinks White Russians at all hours of the day, and goes great lengths to get his rug back, because, you know, it really ties the room together. Among the film's many trippy innovations is the Gutterballs sequence, in which The Dude takes a cosmic journey through a bowling alley.

The Big Lebowski  is a delightful movie about a total slacker. It doesn't make a ton of sense, and is beloved for its weirdness and originality.

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Memento

Nobody uses in Memento (2000). There are no trippy substances or moody '60s music. Instead, the film's backward-moving narrative confuses the audience as much as it does the story's protagonist, Leonard (Guy Pearce), who suffers short-term memory loss. One result of taking substances is feeling bewildered, and watching Memento results in that same delirious effect.

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Is it possible to make a live action kid's movie that makes adults feel trippy? Film critic Erich Kuersten describes The Wizard of Oz (1939) as "a metaphor for acid itself." In fact, hippies in the 1960s and 1970s interpreted Dorothy's adventure in Oz as one long trip. There are talking lions, scarlet poppies, flying monkeys, and brilliant technicolor. Additionally, some stoner genius discovered the film perfectly synchs up with Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon .

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke

Is Up in Smoke (1978) the best stoner movie ever made? That's an argument for another list, but Cheech and Chong smoke so much weed in Up in Smoke the audience could feasibly get contact high. There isn't much plot or character development in this classic, but who needs that stuff anyway?

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Speed Racer

Speed Racer

The post- Matrix output of the Wachowski Siblings is maybe the most maligned oeuvre in modern science fiction, yet their films absolutely succeed as absurd, delirious, maximalist statements on the limitless possibilities of filmmaking in the CGI era. While most filmmakers use the tools at their disposal to enhance maudlin realities or breathe life into monsters and giants we've seen 1000 times before, the Wachowskis seem to have a fervent desire to drive the train off the rails, into a chasm of surreal imagery and fracturing narrative. 

Case in point:  Speed Racer . The movie's disorienting race scenes, aggressive use of color, and sense-overwhelming editing techniques gives the effect of going to a laser light show at Disneyland after taking something.

There's no denying the effects induced by watching this wild movie, which is equal parts anime, video game, Japanese game show , sci fi epic, and trip. 

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30 Best Trippy Movies on Netflix (July 2024)

 of 30 Best Trippy Movies on Netflix (July 2024)

It is always great to watch a film or two where all you want is to be blown away by crazy, trippy, and hallucinatory visuals that expand your mind into other dimensions. These films possess something unique that will take you on an incredibly profound and ecstatic journey. They can be strange, weird, set in surrealistic worlds, or distort our reality. But, at the same time, they can also be clean, pure, and potent in their depths. Either way, these flicks will trip your brains out and never be forgotten.

30. Pineapple Express (2008)

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If you want something trippy, there is only a handful of yet-undiscovered stuff that can surpass James Franco and Seth Rogen escaping goons in a car while being high on weed. Directed by David Gordon Green, ‘Pineapple Express’ follows Dale Denton (Rogen), a stoner/process server, and his drug dealer Saul Silver (Franco), both of whom smoke the “Pineapple Express” strain of weed, a rarity. We follow them as they embark on an escapade after Denton witnesses a murder by a drug lord (Gary Cole). He can’t leave his weed and provider behind so he drags Silver along as well. What happens to them is not the point. It is what they undergo that makes the movie a worthy addition to our list. You can watch it here to understand what we mean.

29. Anima (2019)

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‘Anima,’ a musical short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, features Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead. Released in 2019 as a companion piece to Yorke’s album of the same name, the film is a visually stunning and abstract journey through a dystopian landscape. With choreography by Damien Jalet, ‘Anima’ seamlessly blends Yorke’s mesmerizing music with inventive dance sequences, offering a unique audio-visual experience. The film explores themes of conformity and individuality, providing a captivating and thought-provoking artistic collaboration between Yorke and Anderson. Feel free to stream it here.

28. What Did Jack Do? (2017)

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Directed by David Lynch, ‘What Did Jack Do?’ is a surreal short film featuring Lynch himself as a detective interrogating a capuchin monkey named Jack Cruz. Shot in black and white, the film unfolds as a peculiar conversation between the detective and the monkey, delving into Lynch’s signature enigmatic storytelling. With its offbeat premise and Lynch’s distinctive style, the film becomes an intriguing blend of absurdity and mystery, offering audiences a surreal experience that showcases Lynch’s penchant for the unconventional and the surreal in a concise and enigmatic narrative. You can watch the movie here.

27. Back to the Future (1985)

mind trip movie

This cult classic Robert Zemeckis-directed sci-fi movie is one of the most popular in existence and definitely trippy in a fun way. Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the film follows young Marty McFly (Fox), who accidentally ends up in 1955, thanks to Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown’s time-traveling DeLorean automobile. In 1955, McFly meets the younger version of his parents. However, trouble ensues when his mother falls for him, and he has to find a way to bring her and his father together to ensure his existence in the future (McFly’s present). Packed with hilarious situations and a brilliant and entertaining story, ‘Back to the Future’ won four nominations at the Golden Globes, four at the Academy Awards(winning one), and five at the BAFTAs in 1986. You can watch the movie here .

26. Velvet Buzzsaw  (2019)

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This satirical thriller film directed by Dan Gilroy plunges deep into Miami’s elite art scene. Critic Morf Vandewalt and his associate Josephina stumble upon the enigmatic works of Vetril Dease. As these artworks captivate the industry, mysterious events surround those who seek to capitalize on Dease’s pieces. The art world’s elites who profited from Dease’s work soon realize that greed comes at a supernatural and deadly cost. With its surreal imagery and harrowing narrative, ‘ Velvet Buzzsaw ‘ weaves a tale where the lines between art and vengeance blur, making it a compelling addition to any list of trippy movies. You can watch the movie here .

25. The Wandering Earth (2019)

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Directed by Frant Gwo, ‘The Wandering Earth’ is a Chinese science fiction film that presents an audacious vision of Earth’s future. Facing an impending apocalyptic scenario, the nations of Earth unite to implement a grandiose plan: use massive engines to shift Earth away from an expanding sun. As humanity retreats underground to escape the freezing surface, Liu Qi embarks on a dangerous mission to reactivate dormant thrusters. Simultaneously, in the vastness of space, astronaut Liu Peiqiang confronts a malfunctioning AI on an international space station. The intertwined fates of father and son play out against a backdrop of global unity and survival as Earth begins its treacherous voyage through the cosmos. You may watch the film here .

24. Time Trap (2017)

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This action-adventure sci-fi film, directed by the duo of Mark Dennis and Ben Foster, features Andrew Wilson and Cassidy Giffordi in prominent roles. It delves into a mind-bending journey through a mysterious cave system, where time moves differently than on the surface. When archaeology professor Hopper disappears in search of lost hippies from decades past, a group of students, Taylor, Jackie, and others, venture to find him. Discovering anomalies in time, they confront cavemen, spacemen, and harrowing challenges while trying to decipher the cave’s secrets. The film’s unique narrative and exploration of time distortion make it a standout entry in this list. Feel free to check out the film here .

23. Stowaway (2021)

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Starring Anna Kendrick , Toni Collette, and Daniel Dae Kim, this sci-fi thriller film directed by Joe Penna launches us into the profound vastness of space on a two-year journey to Mars. When launch support engineer Michael Adams is accidentally trapped aboard, the crew grapples with life-threatening oxygen depletion. With intense decisions to make and sacrifices on the horizon, the team confronts dilemmas that question the very nature of humanity and survival. Combining the vast expanse of space with gripping human drama, Stowaway effortlessly secures its spot on this esteemed list. You can check out the movie here .

22. The Coldest Game (2019)

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‘ The Coldest Game ‘ is a Polish spy-thriller film directed by Łukasz Kośmicki. Amidst the pulsating background of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis, a hazy grandmaster chess match ensues between an American, Joshua Mansky, and his Soviet counterpart. When the original American contender mysteriously dies from supposed Soviet poisoning, Mansky, a former chess champion and mathematic genius, is thrust into the heart of this geopolitical conflict. His turbulent past, marked by alcoholism, becomes both a crutch and a gift. But the game he’s playing is far more intricate than chess, entangled with espionage, trust, and betrayal. The chessboard’s squares hide secrets far more profound than moves and countermoves. This film impeccably captures the suspense of the Cold War era, blending political tensions with personal drama. You can watch ‘The Coldest Game’ here .

21. Entergalactic (2022)

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A film’s visual appeal contributes a lot to its trippiness. ‘Entergalactic,’ created by musician/actor Kid Cudi, is an adult animated special that follows Jabari, a graffiti artist, as he navigates his personal and professional life against the urban illumination of a metropolis. The colorful animation style adds to the overall story, which, accompanied by Cudi’s music, makes ‘Entergalactic’ a true-to-form, trippy film that explores the dreamy vibe of life. The voice cast includes Cudi, Jessica Williams, Laura Harrier, Jaden Smith, and Timothée Chalamet. You can watch the film here .

20. In the Shadow of the Moon (2019)

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Written by Gregory Weidman and Geoff Tock, ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ is a science fiction thriller film that stars Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, and Michael C. Hall. The movie revolves around a Philadelphia detective named Thomas Lockhart, whose life takes an unexpected turn when he begins the investigation into the seemingly unrelated deaths of several people due to hemorrhage. Even though he meets the culprit very soon, the drama that follows makes the murder mystery even more complicated as the Philadelphia detective gets obsessed with the time-traveling series killer in the process. You may watch ‘In the Shadow of the Moon’ here .

19. ARQ (2016)

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Directed by Tony Elliott, the science-fiction thriller film introduces viewers to a world conflicted by an energy crisis. With corporations fighting against corporations for the remaining energy supplies, an engineer named Renton, who has developed a technology that could potentially solve the current situation, is targeted. His life gets further complicated as he gets stuck in a time loop soon afterward and relives the same day over and over again with his friends. You can watch the movie here .

18. Awake (2021)

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The world is taken over by an existential crisis when a mysterious catastrophe not only takes away humanity’s sleep but also causes a malfunction of electronics all over the planet. With little to no time on their hands, the scientists race against time to find a cure, but they are met with unexpected challenges. However, when a soldier finds out that her daughter may hold the key to solving humanity’s existential crisis, she realizes that she has a tough call to make. Will the former U.S. Army Medic choose his daughter over mass extinction? Or will she put her child on the line for the greater good? To find the answers, feel free to check out the movie here .

17. iBOY (2017)

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Tom Harvey is a young adult who struggles to get by until he is encouraged by one of his friends to pursue his crush, Lucy. When the two decide to study together, Tom is excited about the surprises that the future has in store for him. Unfortunately, things take a dark turn when he finds Lucy sexually assaulted and her brother unconscious when he visits her home. As he tries to inform the law enforcement agencies, Tom is shot in the head by the assailants. He later wakes up in a hospital where, after discharge, he learns that he has now gained the strange power to visualize digital signals and hear phone transmissions. Now, with his newfound abilities at his disposal, Tom decides to hunt each of the assailants down one after another. To know what happens next, you can check out the film here .

16. Bardo (2022)

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Mexican auteur Alejandro González Iñárritu ’s most personal film to date, ‘ Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths ’ tells the story of Silverio Gama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an accomplished Mexican journalist turned documentary filmmaker and a stand-in for Iñárritu. Having spent the last 15 years in Los Angeles, Silverio returns to his native country to celebrate the release of his most recent and self-reflecting project just before he is to become the first Latin American to receive a prestigious award for his work in America.

The film’s narrative is depicted through Silverio’s perspective, which is highly surrealistic and not always rooted in reality. ‘Bardo’ is not necessarily an autobiography but a fictionalized version of certain truths. The surrealistic and fictionalized aspects of the story have allowed Iñárritu to explore themes such as identity, immigration, death, memories, and dreams in a very independent and free-flowing manner. You may watch the film here .

15. Bird Box (2018)

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The post-apocalyptic horror-thriller film revolves around a mysterious entity that has decimated human civilization by taking the form of people’s worst fears. Now, those who have survived must live a life blindfolded at all times and search for a safe sanctuary. But with the ever-present danger of the entity that chases them, is survival even possible? The Susanne Bier directorial is based on Josh Malerman’s novel of the same name and is a captivating film that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. You can watch ‘Bird Box’ here .

14. I Am Mother (2019)

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The mother-daughter relationship is an important one. But ‘I Am Mother’ takes it to a completely different level. Clara Rugaard stars as a girl named Daughter, who lives with a robot that aids in the repopulation of Earth after an extinction event. It is referred to as Mother. When Daughter gets curious one day and leaves the bunker, she comes across Woman (played by Hilary Swank ), who is not fond of androids, to say the least. What unfolds is a certain tension between Mother and Daughter, and the film will hold your attention for its taut psychological thrills. You may watch ‘I Am Mother’ here .

13. Circle  (2015)

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What would you do if, along with 50 people, you woke up in a dark room and saw people dying every few minutes? In fact, what would you do when you realize that the whole group calls the shots and has to decide who lives and who doesn’t? Scary, right? Well, this is precisely what happens in ‘Circle.’ The reason this premise makes for one mind-boggling movie is that it brings the human psyche to the forefront in a very raw and impactful manner. Plus, you will be more invested because you could see yourself as a part of this ill-fated group. You can watch the movie here .

12. The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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The third installment in the ‘Cloverfield franchise takes on an energy crisis on Earth in 2028. A group of scientists is at the Cloverfield space station, preparing to test a particle accelerator that could power the planet with infinite energy. However, when Earth seemingly vanishes, they must work together to escape this situation. This film looks at the concepts of a parallel universe and multiverse and also correlates the story to its predecessors in the franchise. Although it is seen as the weakest film in the trilogy (as third productions usually are), we believe that it packs a punch and is worth your time. You may watch it here .

11. IO  (2019)

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Jonathan Helpert has directed ‘IO,’ another science fiction film that looks at life after an apocalyptic event, which (let’s be honest) has started feeling like a possibility in recent times. Essentially, the air on Earth has become toxic, and most humans have fled to Io, Jupiter’s moon. But Sam Walden, played by Margaret Qualley, has not given up hope yet. When she sends out a radio transmission to find other people around her, a man named Micah arrives.

We then see the characters as they make their decisions to either stay on Earth or not. At its core, ‘IO’ is a movie that looks at how people choose to define what home means to them. But it is also a thought-provoking piece. It may not make you reevaluate your priorities or change your life completely, but it is a worthy contender on this list. Feel free to check it out here .

10. The Midnight Sky (2020)

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Directed by George Clooney , ‘The Midnight Sky’ is a science fiction film based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s debut novel. The movie revolves around Augustine Lofthouse, a reclusive academic who has survived a global catastrophe and is now facing its aftermath. When he learns that a clueless crew of astronauts is returning to the planet, the Artic-dwelling scientist has to take the responsibility to stop them from returning to their homes that are no longer safe. You can check out the film here .

9. The Wonder (2022)

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Set in post-famine Ireland, ‘ The Wonder ‘ is a psychological drama film directed by Sebastián Lelio. An English nurse, Elizabeth Lib Wright, is sent to observe a young fasting girl, Anna O’Donnell, who claims to survive without food due to divine intervention. As the layers peel back, Wright discovers harrowing truths about the community and the enigmatic Anna, leading to desperate actions. The trauma of the Great Famine casts a haunting shadow over the tale, adding depth to the complex relationships between characters. As Wright delves into the mystery of Anna’s fast, the film confronts beliefs, trauma, and redemption. An engrossing narrative set against the stark backdrop of rural Ireland, the movie masterfully intertwines historical events with human emotions. You can watch ‘The Wonder’ here .

8. Oxygen (2021)

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Starring Mélanie Laurent Mathieu Amalric and Malik Zidi, ‘Oxygen’ is a science-fiction drama movie. The Alexandre Aja directorial revolves around Liz Hansen, a clueless woman who wakes up in an air-sealed cryogenic unit whose oxygen content is depleting rapidly. With no memories of her arrival there, Hanse struggles to make sense of her present situation. Realizing that the oxygen in the unit will soon be used up, she, with the pod’s state-of-the-art A.I., tries to figure out a way out of her claustrophobic nightmare. But will she be able to do it in time? To find out, you may watch it here .

7. Cargo (2018)

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Featuring stand-out performances by Martin Freeman, Simone Landers, and Anthony Hayes, ‘Cargo’ is a post-apocalyptic horror drama film that recounts a heartwarming story of survival and fatherhood. After a pandemic pushes humanity into survival mode, an unfortunate father who is infected desperately looks for a refuge for his young child. Sadly, as time passes, he is increasingly becoming aware of his changing nature, which can put the life of his kid at risk. Will the conflicted father find a way out of his current dilemma? To know, you may watch ‘Cargo’ here .

6. Mute (2018)

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The movie focuses on the escapades of Leo, a mute bartender who is looking for his girlfriend, who has mysteriously disappeared. His search takes him deeper and deeper into the seedy underbelly of a dystopian Berlin in the future. The cinematography and the noir undertones of the film make it stand out. Moreover, the plot delves deep into the themes of parenthood, loneliness, isolation, and love. ‘Mute’ also features an ensemble cast of Alexander Skarsgård, Paul Rudd , Justin Theroux, Robert Sheehan, Noel Clarke, Florence Kasumba, and lastly, Dominic Monaghan. If you like Duncan Jones’ ‘Moon,’ then you’d be happy to learn that Mute is its sequel. You can watch the movie here .

5. The Discovery  (2017)

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If you’re looking for romance in the science fiction genre, then ‘The Discovery’ will not disappoint. When Dr. Thomas Harbor ( Robert Redford ) declares that the afterlife does exist, the suicide rates shoot up as people want a reset. His son, Will (played by Jason Segel), holds him accountable for this. Rooney Mara plays Isla, a woman whom Will has recently met on a ferry. The two go to Dr. Harbor’s compound, where they find out more about his experiments while falling for each other. This movie deals with the themes of death, second chances, and love, and it will be on your mind even after it ends. Feel free to check it out here .

4. Mirage (2018)

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It seems to be the case that alternate universes are pretty dangerous to travel to. If you manage to create a new reality or make your way to one where you don’t belong, you can be stuck in limbo from where there is no getting out. This is the theme of Oriol Paulo’s ‘Mirage’. The story begins with a young boy called Nico. He witnesses a murder in a neighbor’s house and goes there to see what has gone down. When the perpetrator notices his presence, Nico runs outside. However, he gets hit by a car and dies. This was also the time when an electrical storm was raging for 72 hours straight.

Precisely 25 years after this incident, a woman called Vera moves into Nico’s house and learns about the horrible fate suffered by the boy. She discovers that there is an old television where a space-time glitch can be created. So, she uses it to go 25 years behind to warn Nico about his tragic fate. But what repercussions will time travel have on Vera? This is the question that the film tries to answer. While it is wonderfully made, the plot is not anything entirely new. Yet somehow, ‘Mirage’ is interesting enough to keep one hooked till the very end. You may watch the film here .

3. The Platform (2019)

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If there is a movie that will trip you out solely based on its relevance in society today, it is ‘ The Platform .’ Goreng is a man stuck in a vertical prison structure, which is called “the pit.” The residents are fed through a system where ample food is placed on a platform that gradually descends to everyone. As expected, the people on the higher floors feast, and by the time it reaches the lower levels, the residents are surviving on scraps.

Such an arrangement is bound to give birth to injustices and, with it, dissatisfaction. This film is a compelling case against unabashed capitalism and consumerism, and what makes it so mind-boggling is that it can potentially be extrapolated to our society for many more decades if things don’t change. You can watch ‘The Platform’ here .

2. Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018)

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Netflix’s ‘ Black Mirror ,’ which is a Channel 4 original series, is one of the best and most innovative television shows of all time. Charlie Brooker and his team have always surprised us with new and thought-provoking content, which, while keeping the philosophy of the show in mind, has covered an array of topics. The showrunners truly outdid themselves when they went on to create the first feature film based on the series called ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch.’

The story is based on the life of a video game developer who wants to build an interactive video game where the player can decide how to proceed. Now, the best part is that this movie has an interactive feature as well. So, it becomes a two-way experience for both the audience and the main character himself. ‘ Bandersnatch ‘ is not only a milestone in terms of new-age filmmaking, but it also has the potential to counter piracy and bring a new aesthetic into the industry. As the tragedies of the main character collide with yours, and the line between fiction and reality blur, you shall realize this is a zone you have never reached before. You may watch ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ here .

1. Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

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Winner of seven Oscars, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ explores the concept of the multiverse in a most visually stunning manner, bringing together themes of surreal fantasy, sci-fi, martial arts, and animation. We follow Chinese immigrant Evelyn Quan Wang who is faced with two big problems. One is that the laundromat she owns is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Another is that she has to stop the universe-jumping Jobu Tupaki, who has created a singularity that can destroy the multiverse. To make matters complicated, the bad news is brought to her by Apha-Waymond, an alternate-universe version of her husband Waymond (from the Alphaverse) while Jobu Tupaki is a version of her daughter Joy, i.e., Alpha-Joy. Whether Evelyn unlocks her potential and defeats Tupaki is what we find out in this thoroughly trippy and entertaining film directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. Starring Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, Stephanie Hsu, James Hong, and Jamie Lee Curtis, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ is a must-watch. You can stream it here .

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No matter the era of film, directors and writers have tried to shock and twist filmgoers’ minds, subverting expectations of what is normal. From Journey To The Moon to Nosferatu all the way up until films like Doctor Strange. No matter the genre of film, someone always comes along to twist the genre on its ear, creating a new sub-genre in the process.

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Watching any of these films and more is a mind-bending journey that will leave you asking all kinds of questions. Who are we? Where are we going? What are we doing? How are going to get to be who we are and where are going while doing things to figure out what exactly is going on. Ready to have your mind-frigged? Here are 10 trippy movies that will have you questioning reality.

There are few movies more mind-bending than the twisty-topsy-turvy world of The Matrix. Human life has been enslaved by the very machines they created and everyone is jacked into one giant computer simulation.

It’s not even 1999, it’s more like 2199. Once your mind is free, you can hack back into the program and learn whatever is needed to avert and defeat Agents and free more minds. But the true nightmare moment came when Neo actually saw the fields and Morpheus presented him with all that humanity has been reduced to - a giant battery.

In the world of Inception , espionage is boiled down to extracting information from people’s dreams. Dom and his team have become very adept at pulling ideas out of target’s minds, now they’re contracted to attempt to plant one in a mark - “inception.”

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They have to go deeper than they ever have and make sure they maintain their own sense of reality while Dom’s own nightmares are trying to stop them from completing the mission. Creating a dream within a dream in someone else’s head and deciding if you want to stay or wake up is an essential part to Dom’s own mission.

Trying to get inside Vincent D’Onofrio’s head is bad enough, but when he’s playing a completely demented and depraved serial killer in The Cell it is horrifying .

J.Lo plays a child psychologist who works with unique and experimental technology that allows her to go inside of a mind and bring that person into her own for therapy. D’Onofrio plays a killer who suffers from the same kind of schizophrenia that her young patient suffers from and she’s tasked with going in to find the location of his last victim.

Vanilla Sky

Young magazine magnate David Aames has everything you could ever want. Money, women, power, jealous and sycophantic friends, more women. But when a jilted lover takes him for a wild ride, his entire life gets twisted upside down in Vanilla Sky.

Someone supposedly was murdered and Aames is trying to defend himself and figure out what exactly is going on. It’s a science fiction movie that doesn’t even know that it’s a sci-fi movie and some of those are the best ones.

Not all head-trip movies are science fiction or horror. Some just showcase how twisted the real world could be sometimes. Combine that level of demented with the master of twisted characters, David Fincher and your get the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.

When Amy Dunne, a former child star goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary all signs point to her husband Nick as the culprit but nothing is as it seems the further Nick digs into Amy’s sordid life, while the media eats up any and all information it can get its hands on.

2001: A Space Odyssey

In many ways, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey is still the blueprint on how to make a jarring sci-fi movie. Everything about this movie is meant to disorient you and question your place in the universe.

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An ominous black monolith is introduced several times over the course of the film and each time chaos and madness happen shortly thereafter. Whether it’s introducing violence into the community of early man or influencing a homicidal AI, Kubrick’s vision remains one of the most influential movies of all time.

Natural Born Killers

Murder, mischief, and media are abounding in Oliver Stone’s wild ride known as Natural  Born Killers. Written by Quentin Tarantino, with some heavy liberties taken by Stone, Killers is a modern take on Bonnie And Clyde if they were drug addicted products of abuse and raised on television.

Mickey and Mallory Knox fall in love and set out on a murderous rampage throughout the American Southwest. Stone fills every frame with all kinds of trippy, demonic imagery to make sure your eyes are all over every single frame of film.

Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas

Hunter S. Thompson has long been renowned for his “Gonzo Journalism.” Terry Gilliam has been revered for his unique style, and Johnny Depp is one of the quirkiest actors that we’ve ever seen. All three came together along with Benicio Del Toro for Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas.

You’ll probably never find a more divergent drug-fueled movie. Depp stars as Raoul Duke, Del Toro is his lawyer Dr. Gonzo. The two head into the desert for an article but come out the other side taken by all that Sin City has to offer.

Being John Malkovich

Craig Schwartz’s new job provides a seemingly mundane office life until he discovers a portal into the mind of character actor John Malkovich . Although it lasts only for a few minutes before he gets dumped onto the side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

His coworker Maxine decides to monetize this and let people know the feeling of Being John Malkovich for $200 a pop. Being inside someone else’s head allows Craig’s wife to seduce Maxine and even allows for Malkovich to dive into his own brain.

Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind

What would you do after being heartbroken and left complete down? Perhaps you’d try to do everything you can to erase that person from your memory - both good and bad memories.

As the technicians perform the procedure, you first realize that she got the same procedure done. Then you realize you’d rather not do the procedure and you race through your own head to find a hiding spot for your memories.

Joel has to deal with the Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind when he realizes that he needs his memories of a life with Clementine.

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<p>Anything can be trippy when you smoke weed. A 10-hour nature documentary? <em>Whoa, look at those penguins</em>! CNN? Sure, why not? But the greatest trippy movies make you feel stoned even when you're not stoned and make you think about life even when your brain is turned off. These movies use cinematic techniques to blow your mind, expand your horizons, and take you places you've never been before. These are the movies that take you on a literal <em>trip</em>. </p>

Anything can be trippy when you smoke weed. A 10-hour nature documentary? Whoa, look at those penguins ! CNN? Sure, why not? But the greatest trippy movies make you feel stoned even when you're not stoned and make you think about life even when your brain is turned off. These movies use cinematic techniques to blow your mind, expand your horizons, and take you places you've never been before. These are the movies that take you on a literal trip . 

<p><em>Daises</em> is a girls-gone-wild comedy on acid. Complete with colors, pranks, and montages, it follows two friends who spend their days drinking, partying, eating, and making fun of people. It breaks every rule in the cinematic rule book. There is no plot, story, or message. It also breaks every rule in the Czech rule book, which said filmmakers were not allowed to make fun of society.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/just_for_kicks_20_memorable_songs_about_shoes_122723/s1__38815917'>Just for kicks: 20 memorable songs about shoes</a></p>

'Daises' (1966)

Daises is a girls-gone-wild comedy on acid. Complete with colors, pranks, and montages, it follows two friends who spend their days drinking, partying, eating, and making fun of people. It breaks every rule in the cinematic rule book. There is no plot, story, or message. It also breaks every rule in the Czech rule book, which said filmmakers were not allowed to make fun of society.

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<p>Talk about commitment! The actors in this movie took the drugs their characters took, which adds another layer of realism to an already realistic portrayal of hippie culture. And by realistic, we mean far-out. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Easy Rider' (1969)

Talk about commitment! The actors in this movie took the drugs their characters took, which adds another layer of realism to an already realistic portrayal of hippie culture. And by realistic, we mean far-out. 

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<p>Like <em>Lost</em>, no matter how often we watch this, we still can't figure out what it means. Not that it matters, since the real reason we watch <em>2001</em> is for the moments of wordless grandeur. The space waltz, the monolith, the sight of a woman upside down in a spaceship. It's all ambiguous, and it's all magnificent. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/23_of_the_best_new_tv_shows_in_2023_113023/s1__39430590'>23 of the best new TV shows in 2023</a></p>

'2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968)

Like Lost , no matter how often we watch this, we still can't figure out what it means. Not that it matters, since the real reason we watch 2001 is for the moments of wordless grandeur. The space waltz, the monolith, the sight of a woman upside down in a spaceship. It's all ambiguous, and it's all magnificent. 

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<p>Powell and Pressburger had made magic with movies like <em>Colonel Blimp</em>, <em>Black Narcissus</em>, and <em>A Canterbury Tale</em>, but they had never made something as magical as <em>The Red Shoes</em>. The story of a dancer torn between her fiancé and her career is filled with dream sequences, POV shots, and blasts of Technicolor. Everyone from Scorsese to De Palma has ripped it off, and who can blame them? There's no better movie out there. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'The Red Shoes' (1948)

Powell and Pressburger had made magic with movies like Colonel Blimp , Black Narcissus , and A Canterbury Tale , but they had never made something as magical as The Red Shoes . The story of a dancer torn between her fiancé and her career is filled with dream sequences, POV shots, and blasts of Technicolor. Everyone from Scorsese to De Palma has ripped it off, and who can blame them? There's no better movie out there. 

<p>To call this movie "trippy" is an understatement. From start to finish, this movie is one long acid trip. It's about a world where monsters rule humans against a backdrop of forests, deserts, and caves. There's a reason it plays at midnight in Los Angeles — not because your kids aren't allowed to see it. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/popular_movies_that_arent_available_to_stream_anywhere_012924/s1__34450367'>Popular movies that aren't available to stream anywhere</a></p>

'Fantastic Planet' (1973)

To call this movie "trippy" is an understatement. From start to finish, this movie is one long acid trip. It's about a world where monsters rule humans against a backdrop of forests, deserts, and caves. There's a reason it plays at midnight in Los Angeles — not because your kids aren't allowed to see it. 

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<p>There are movies about drugs, and then there are drug movies. This one falls in the latter category for its depiction of how drugs work, how they feel, and how they drive you mad. Terry Gilliam's adaption of Hunter Thompson's novel is mind-bending. It follows two reporters who decide to mix narcotics like a kid mixes drinks at a soda fountain, which leads to all sorts of trouble in Vegas. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas' (1998)

There are movies about drugs, and then there are drug movies. This one falls in the latter category for its depiction of how drugs work, how they feel, and how they drive you mad. Terry Gilliam's adaption of Hunter Thompson's novel is mind-bending. It follows two reporters who decide to mix narcotics like a kid mixes drinks at a soda fountain, which leads to all sorts of trouble in Vegas. 

<p>When it comes to trippy movies, 75 percent of what makes them work is visual. You might get a kick out of <em>Inception</em> for its ideas, but it's not going to do much for you on a visceral level. On the other hand, watching Gasper Noe's descent into madness is going to do it for you on <em>every</em> level.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_theres_something_about_mary_032024/s1__37717079'>20 facts you might not know about 'There's Something About Mary'</a></p>

'Enter the Void' (2009)

When it comes to trippy movies, 75 percent of what makes them work is visual. You might get a kick out of Inception for its ideas, but it's not going to do much for you on a visceral level. On the other hand, watching Gasper Noe's descent into madness is going to do it for you on every level.

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<p>Beginning in their <em>Rubber Soul</em> days, The Beatles were known to dabble in a certain kind of drug. You know, the one that rhymes with "LSD." It not only made their music better, but it also led to one of the best animated flicks of all time. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Yellow Submarine' (1968)

Beginning in their Rubber Soul days, The Beatles were known to dabble in a certain kind of drug. You know, the one that rhymes with "LSD." It not only made their music better, but it also led to one of the best animated flicks of all time. 

<p>The first surrealist movie.<em> Un Chein Andalou </em>was so ahead of its time that people passed out and vomited at the premiere. Salvador Dali co-wrote the film along with Luis Bunuel, who would become cinema's laureate of lewdness.  </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_definitive_grateful_dead_playlist_032024/s1__37910031'>The definitive Grateful Dead playlist</a></p>

'Un Chein Andalou' (1929)

The first surrealist movie.  Un Chein Andalou  was so ahead of its time that people passed out and vomited at the premiere. Salvador Dali co-wrote the film along with Luis Bunuel, who would become cinema's laureate of lewdness.  

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<p>Another movie from 1929, this Soviet production took cinematography to a whole 'nother level. No one had seen anything like it before: a whirlwind of cameras, lenses, motions, and montages. Even today, it blows your mind. There are so many <em>how did they do that?</em> moments that you can't keep up. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'The Man With the Movie Camera' (1929)

Another movie from 1929, this Soviet production took cinematography to a whole 'nother level. No one had seen anything like it before: a whirlwind of cameras, lenses, motions, and montages. Even today, it blows your mind. There are so many how did they do that? moments that you can't keep up. 

<p>Is there anything more trippy than<em> The Room</em>? This movie has the worst dialogue, costumes, and acting we've ever seen. There's a shot of spoons in a picture frame at one point. Then, there's a shot of two people playing football on a roof. None of it makes sense, which is why we love it. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_unforgettable_moments_in_live_television_history_032024/s1__35260103'>20 unforgettable moments in live television history</a></p>

'The Room' (2003)

Is there anything more trippy than  The Room ? This movie has the worst dialogue, costumes, and acting we've ever seen. There's a shot of spoons in a picture frame at one point. Then, there's a shot of two people playing football on a roof. None of it makes sense, which is why we love it. 

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<p>When you were a kid, you probably didn't think twice about a grown man offering you candy or that the colors of his factory were much like the ones you see on acid. But as an adult, there's no escaping the weirdness. Even the songs sound like an advertisement for MDMA. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' (1971)

When you were a kid, you probably didn't think twice about a grown man offering you candy or that the colors of his factory were much like the ones you see on acid. But as an adult, there's no escaping the weirdness. Even the songs sound like an advertisement for MDMA. 

<p>Usually, when we refer to a person as "one-dimensional," it's a diss. Not when it comes to Dario Argento. The Italian director only has one lane — expressionistic horror — and he drives in that lane better than anyone else. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_the_hangover_022924/s1__37885973'>20 facts you might not know about 'The Hangover'</a></p>

'Suspiria' (1977)

Usually, when we refer to a person as "one-dimensional," it's a diss. Not when it comes to Dario Argento. The Italian director only has one lane — expressionistic horror — and he drives in that lane better than anyone else. 

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<p>Studio Ghibli movies are notorious for their psychedelic references, and this one is no different. <em>Spirited Away</em> is so out-there in terms of animation that some parents won't show it to their kids. There's a lot of weird stuff in this film, but every scene is graced with such creativity and imagination that it would be a shame if children weren't allowed to see it. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Spirited Away' (2001)

Studio Ghibli movies are notorious for their psychedelic references, and this one is no different. Spirited Away is so out-there in terms of animation that some parents won't show it to their kids. There's a lot of weird stuff in this film, but every scene is graced with such creativity and imagination that it would be a shame if children weren't allowed to see it. 

<p>You can never have too much John Malkovich. Whether it's 10 minutes of John Malkovich, two hours of John Malkovich, or 20 versions of John Malkovich, the actor is always a welcomed presence on screen. Need proof? Check out this 1999 comedy, in which two people find a portal into his brain. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_songs_guaranteed_to_make_you_cry_022924/s1__39673457'>20 songs guaranteed to make you cry</a></p>

'Being John Malkovich' (1999)

You can never have too much John Malkovich. Whether it's 10 minutes of John Malkovich, two hours of John Malkovich, or 20 versions of John Malkovich, the actor is always a welcomed presence on screen. Need proof? Check out this 1999 comedy, in which two people find a portal into his brain. 

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<p>What if reality wasn't actually reality? What if we were living in a simulation? What if George Washington was in a cult, and that cult was into aliens, man? <em>The Matrix</em> poses questions no one had asked themselves and did so in a cool, tense, and action-packed way. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'The Matrix' (1999)

What if reality wasn't actually reality? What if we were living in a simulation? What if George Washington was in a cult, and that cult was into aliens, man? The Matrix poses questions no one had asked themselves and did so in a cool, tense, and action-packed way. 

<p>Directed by Nicolas Roeg during his drug years, this movie's got it all: a baby-faced Mick Jagger, a mob of British killers, and the most jaw-dropping ending of 1970. Plus, a lot of acid. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_20_best_secondary_harry_potter_characters_ranked_021324/s1__38592440'>The 20 best secondary ‘Harry Potter’ characters, ranked</a></p>

'Performance' (1970)

Directed by Nicolas Roeg during his drug years, this movie's got it all: a baby-faced Mick Jagger, a mob of British killers, and the most jaw-dropping ending of 1970. Plus, a lot of acid. 

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<p>When you think of trippy movies, gang and street violence don't usually come to mind. But there's an element of surrealism infused into this story of a gang member and his criminal history that it forces you to watch with open eyes. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'A Clockwork Orange' (1971)

When you think of trippy movies, gang and street violence don't usually come to mind. But there's an element of surrealism infused into this story of a gang member and his criminal history that it forces you to watch with open eyes. 

<p>Steve Martin plays Navin, unaware he is a white man adopted by a Black family. Not trippy enough for you? The jokes about his character certainly will be. Nothing says trippy like the time he finds his "special purpose."</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/all_the_right_moves_21_of_the_best_dance_scenes_in_film_022924/s1__39242543'>All the right moves: 21 of the best dance scenes in film</a></p>

'The Jerk' (1979)

Steve Martin plays Navin, unaware he is a white man adopted by a Black family. Not trippy enough for you? The jokes about his character certainly will be. Nothing says trippy like the time he finds his "special purpose."

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<p>A film about a man raising an alien is going to be freaky. What's even freakier, however, is the stuff around him. David Lynch's directorial debut is set in a black-and-white wasteland where broken windows reflect shattered souls and empty factories preserve hollow minds. Maybe think twice before throwing this one on, or at least go in expecting the worst...which, in the hands of Lynch, is the best. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'Eraserhead' (1977)

A film about a man raising an alien is going to be freaky. What's even freakier, however, is the stuff around him. David Lynch's directorial debut is set in a black-and-white wasteland where broken windows reflect shattered souls and empty factories preserve hollow minds. Maybe think twice before throwing this one on, or at least go in expecting the worst...which, in the hands of Lynch, is the best. 

<p>It's the same deal with Ingmar Bergman. You're gonna want to be in the right mood to throw this one on. A woman loses her mind and is sent to an island with her caregiver, who looks a lot like her. The two start to meld into the same person as things get darker and more intense.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_25_greatest_roles_of_al_pacinos_career_021324/s1__31845935'>The 25 greatest roles of Al Pacino's career</a></p>

'Persona' (1966)

It's the same deal with Ingmar Bergman. You're gonna want to be in the right mood to throw this one on. A woman loses her mind and is sent to an island with her caregiver, who looks a lot like her. The two start to meld into the same person as things get darker and more intense.

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<p><em>The Holy Mountain</em> is not a good film. It's important we acknowledge that. But if you're in the right mood (or have smoked a joint), it's got enough crazy imagery to make your eyes explode with color. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'The Holy Mountain' (1973)

The Holy Mountain is not a good film. It's important we acknowledge that. But if you're in the right mood (or have smoked a joint), it's got enough crazy imagery to make your eyes explode with color. 

<p>The Doors are one of the most psychedelic bands ever to do it, and <em>The Doors</em> is here to remind you of that fact. It's got a lot of music, drugs, and tie-dye visuals. To paraphrase Jim Morrison: it couldn't get much higher. </p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_notable_musicians_and_bands_from_austin_texas_011124/s1__34614182'>20 notable musicians and bands from Austin, Texas</a></p>

'The Doors' (1991)

The Doors are one of the most psychedelic bands ever to do it, and The Doors is here to remind you of that fact. It's got a lot of music, drugs, and tie-dye visuals. To paraphrase Jim Morrison: it couldn't get much higher. 

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<p>This is a seriously trippy movie with intense psychedelic colors, flying monkeys, and a field of poppies. Some have even noted that Pink Floyd's<em> Dark Side of the Moon</em> aligns perfectly with the action on screen. Coincidence? I think not. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)

This is a seriously trippy movie with intense psychedelic colors, flying monkeys, and a field of poppies. Some have even noted that Pink Floyd's  Dark Side of the Moon aligns perfectly with the action on screen. Coincidence? I think not. 

<p>A haunted house movie unlike any haunted house movie. A horror movie unlike any horror movie. A drug movie unlike any drug movie. <em>House </em>is on a street of its own. We don't want to give away any surprises, so we'll say that there is no trippier movie out there. Watch at your own risk. </p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Did you enjoy this slideshow? Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

'House' (1977)

A haunted house movie unlike any haunted house movie. A horror movie unlike any horror movie. A drug movie unlike any drug movie. House  is on a street of its own. We don't want to give away any surprises, so we'll say that there is no trippier movie out there. Watch at your own risk. 

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There are all kinds of ways to frighten an audience, as the proud, diverse catalogue of horror movies demonstrates, but psychological horror is a particularly tricky technique to pull off. All of cinema is an exercise in empathy, but to drag an audience down into the pits of a disturbed mind requires vision, technical precision, and a willingness to put your viewer through absolute hell.

We're taking a look back at some of my favorite psychological horror movies that really got inside my head and did some dirty work. These films aren’t necessarily about psychology, though many of them are by nature of they genre, they’re films that make you feel like you’re having a psychological episode — films that wring the phobias, anxieties, torment, and afflictions of their characters from the audience so that you're transported into an experience of mental chaos.

So you won't see titles like Silence of the Lambs or Les Diaboliques -- they're some of the best movies ever made in the psychological horror genre, but their effect is different. What you will find here are a whole bunch of mentally taxing freakout films that will prod at your psyche and put you through the ringer. It's by no

This is obviously nowhere near a comprehensive list, it's an assortment of my favorite (or perhaps most dreaded) movies that mangled my mind. Along the same train of thought as my list of visually stunning movies , sometimes I just like to celebrate a few faves without getting into qualifiers and rankings. Think of this as a starting ground, a conversation starter, and a few of my personal favorites, and be sure to keep that conversation going sound off in the comments with the movies that messed you up the most.

Jacob's Ladder

Part war movie, part political thriller, and all emotional torment, Jacob’s Ladder is one of the most fearless, ambitious, and enduring head trip movies ever made. The film stars Tim Robbins as Jacob Singer, a man who finds himself tortured in a hallucinogenic limbo between nightmare and reality after a mysteriously framed trauma on the Vietnam battlefield. Trapped in recurring nightmares from the war, grief over the death of his young son, and a series of recurring visions and panic attacks that leave him reeling to regain his grasp on reality, Jacob attempts to adjust to his post-war life while battling a growing suspicion he might already be in hell.

Directed by Fatal Attraction helmer Adrian Lyne , Jacob’s Ladder grips the audience tight from the first moments and never lets go. Subway stations with no exit, pick-pocketing Santa Clauses and visions of demonic infiltration torment Jacob; the entire film presented from his unreliable, but always sympathetic view. Tim Robbins gives an aching, soulful performance as Jacob.; a performance that rightfully elevated his career from a supporting and comedic actor to that of a respected dramatic lead.

It’s unusual to see such a brazen, oddball script carried out with the freedom of a big studio budget, and the result is a visually engrossing, nerve-jangling trip down a rabbit hole of depression and anxiety that uses paranoid visions of hell on earth to evoke true-life traumas of war, grief, and love lost; all encapsulated in the heart-breaking tale of a fractured man desperately searching for a moment’s peace.

Brad Anderson ’s thoroughly creepy, slow-burn slip into insanity takes place in an abandoned mental hospital, where a team of asbestos cleaners hard up for cash take on a hazardous, rushed gig to clear out the facility with only a week’s time. As you might expect, the crew you pull together for that kind of gig isn’t the most upstanding bunch of fellas, and as the week wears on, each man’s dangerous secrets start to come to the surface inside the haunting, possibly haunted walls of the asylum, where all manner of cruel, crude procedures were once conducted on the patients. When the team starts listening to the discarded, deeply unsettling recordings of a patient who suffered from multiple personality disorder, each new tape more disorienting and chilling than the next, and their obsession with the archives seep through them like a corrosive force of madness.

An early adopter of digital filmmaking, Session 9 certainly isn’t the most visually accomplished film on the list, but Anderson uses the gritty, lo-fi imagery to enhance the film’s gothic style, digging the dingy sense of rot and morbid mental degeneration. Session 9’ s violent climax doesn’t quite live up to the moody, atmospheric escalation that precedes it, but when it’s focused on the horrors of the mind, it plays out like a campfire tale of encroaching psychosis that digs deep under your skin.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a spectacular, shattering movie that takes on one of the most hot-button, haunting issues in contemporary America — school shootings — and refracts it through the shattered psyche of a woman who feels wholly responsible for and trapped by the incomprehensible violent deeds of her son. Tilda Swinton gives a bravura performance as Eva, mother to a son who seems to hate everything about the world, including his mother, from his very birth. As an infant, he screams incessantly. As a toddler, he fouls his own diapers long after he should be potty trained. As a teen, he's downright sinister. Doctors say there’s nothing wrong with him, Kevin’s father says there’s nothing wrong with him, but Kevin always shows Eva exactly what he is, an unrepentant monster in the making, and she watches in horror, and anger, every step of his maturation from budding sociopath to full-grown murderer, trapped by the bonds between mother and son.

Skipping through time and memory, We Need to Talk About Kevin fragments Eva and Kevin’s story into a nightmarish kaleidoscope of misdeeds and psychological warfare between them -- we see Kevin played by three young actors, Rocky Duer, Jasper Newell, and Ezra Miller, each as impeccably cast as the next. In exploring their hideous, unconventional journey, Ramsay crafts a visually stunning onslaught of mental torment, rich with metaphor, where blood red beacons of the dread past and still to come haunt Eva in every frame. And they’ll haunt you too.

Watching We Need to Talk About Kevin is like feeling a noose of despair and helplessness tighten around your neck. It sucks the breath out of you, and Ramsay uses every tool in a filmmaker’s supply to needle the senses, from the skewed deployment of chipper music to expert instances of poetic imagery. When Eva goes to the store to buy eggs, they’re all shattered, and when she goes home, she grimaces through her bitter feast, pulling the shells from her teeth. And so it is for the entire film; Eva grits her way through her lot, part circumstance, part self-prepared; a prisoner to inconceivable misfortune she can never escape. Likewise, We Need to Talk About Kevin is a film that’s hard to get away from. Ramsay never gives you easy answers, denying them most of all in the final moments before the credits roll, making the film a marathon of mental torment you can never seem to outrun.

Annalynne McCord abandons her tradition of playing vixens and femme fatales in Excision , turning out a career best performance as Pauline, an obviously disturbed teenage girl who isn’t getting the help she needs. And Pauline knows she needs help, but her parents don’t, and they’re not willing to lay down the funds for the psychiatrist she keeps asking for, so in between her contentious therapy sessions with her under-qualified priest (played by cult film icon John Waters ), Pauline indulges her fascination with anatomy and medical procedure, only furthering her descent into deranged obsession.

An outcast at school and in her own home, Pauline plays life by her own rules, growing more intimately involved with her grotesque fantasies with each passing day. She dreams of toe-curling sexual encounters with a half-decapitated corpse. When she loses her virginity, she plans it so she’ll be on her period, imagining rivers of blood pouring over her. The only person she can bond with is her sweet younger sister ( Ariel Winter ), the golden child, who also happens to be dying of Cystic Fibrosis. It's only a matter of time before her visions start to bleed into her real life, and while most of Excision ’s runtime plays out like a gory dark comedy, balancing cringes with laughs, when Pauline gets it in her head that she’s her sister’s only hope for survival, the film becomes a tragic tale of horror.

Make no mistake, McCord carries Excision on her ever-haunched shoulders, but the biggest surprise is the performance from Tracie Lords , who plays Pauline's tightly-wound, image-obsessed mother and proves herself a genuinely talented actress, delivering the film’s most crushing emotional blow with one primal scream. Excision isn’t just a heartbreaking tragedy about delusion and the way we abandon the mentally ill, it’s also an incredibly effective exercise in anxiety that trades in the paranoia of pathology (STDs are a present motif) and stomach-churning visuals of surgical violence. Equally heartfelt, delightfully deranged, and downright nasty, Excision triggers unwavering unease, but always displays a warmth for the misfit and attention to character that’s all to rare in the well-mined tradition of body horror.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Who knew a single plate of spaghetti could be so damn distressing?  The Lobster and  Dogtooth   director  Yorgos Lanthimos has made a career of helming perversely punishing, psychologically upsetting films, and in that regard,  The Killing of a Sacred Deer is his most potent accomplishment yet.

Cynical as it is singular, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a tale of crime and punishment that harnesses the capricious cruelty of the old golds in order to turn the failings of man into a horrific show of penance. Colin Farrell stars as Dr. Steven Murphy, a venerated surgeon who lives a pristine suburban life with his elegant ophthalmologist wife ( Nicole Kidman ) and their two children, teenaged daughter Kim ( Raffey Cassidy ) and young son Bob ( Sunny Suljic ). It all goes to hell in a hand-basket when Steven takes an unusual teen,   Martin ( Barry Keoghan ), under his mentorship. The relationship between the possesses a potent awkwardness that makes you want to shield your eyes and turn away from second-hand embarrassment, but that niggling discomfort elevates into full-blown primal horror when Martin blindsides Steven with a demand for sacrifice.

Played out with Lanthimos’ signature deadpan and absurdism, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is instantly unnerving, always enigmatic, and occasionally confounding. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what this film even is, let alone why lodges so deep under your skin — aside from the performance by Keoghan, which is downright mesmerizing and blood-chilling — but it crawls inside your mind and unleashes discord with precision. A terrifying tragicomedy mined from myth (seek out the tale of Iphigenia if you find the film too oblique),  The Killing of a Sacred Deer  drops you directly into a surreal world of pain, where spaghetti-twirling monologues become the stuff of nightmares -- and like any true nightmare, it's almost impossible to describe the effect once it's over.

Funny Games

Funny Games will fuck you up. This movie doesn't pull any punches, so I won't either. Michael Hanneke 's 1997 take on home invasion horror wants to hold you responsible for your taste for cinematic violence, taking the audience captive along with the characters and forcing you down a path of provocative punishment that can be downright sadistic. It is not a pleasant watch.

The film follows two smirking young sociopaths ( Arno Frisch and Frank Giering ), who come knocking at the door of an average suburban family -- mother Anna ( Susanne Lothar ), father Georg ( Ulrich Mühe ), and young son Georgie ( Stefan Clapczynsk i) -- and unleash a psychological and violent hell on them, while Hanneke spares no effort doing the same to the audience. Funny Games puts you through the ringer, scene after scene, moment by moment, as the misdeeds grow from imposition to outright torment.

Hanneke frames the film like a middle finger to audiences who come looking for cheap thrills, breaking the fourth wall, toying with reality, teasing payoff and relief that will never come, and delivering instead a crushing portrait of human depravity -- one that makes you complicit in every moment. The film practically begs you to turn it off to stop the senseless parade of torture. After all, you're the one holding the remote, you're the one with the power to make it all stop. But you won't. But even if Hanneke seems to forget he's being wildly indulgent in his quest to punish audiences for their indulgence, he is an exceptional filmmaker, and he wraps you up in the lurid suspense so that you stick with the suffering through every unflinching frame. It's a taxing, discomfiting experience that reaches through the screen and slaps you in the face.

In the Mouth of Madness

When it comes to transmitted madness via psychological horror, nobody does it like Lovecraft, and nobody's done Lovecraftian horror on screen as well as horror maestro John Carpenter did with his 1994 tribute  In the Mouth of Madness .

Rich with references to the literary great, In the Mouth of Madness takes an almost meta approach to psychological horror with the story of John Trent ( Sam Neill ), an insurance investigator who we know is about to go mad. When we first meet him, he’s in a padded cell, telling a psychiatrist a confused story of twisted horrors and the end of days. Trent finds his way to madness on the hunt for Sutter Cane, a renown horror author a la Stephen King (who the film honors and pokes fun at simultaneously) who recently went missing. When Cane’s publisher hires Trent to track down his cash cow, the investigator’s mind overturns every possible stone on the hunt for the author, always looking for a scam, even as his grip on reality slips out from under him in the increasingly surreal journey that greets him.

This is not what you’d call a coherent film. In the Mouth of Madness strains at its own logic sometimes, and the scripting is a bit jarring, but logic is nowhere near the point and jarring is the names of the game because Carpenter masterfully conjures that specific, singular Lovecraftian terror — the menace of a great unknowable threat, the knowledge of your own inevitable descent into insanity, and the plummeting sensation of feeling your world turn upside down.

The Vanishing

To this day, my first viewing of The Vanishing ( Spoorloos ) remains one of the most devastating cinematic experiences of my life. It’s inescapable. Years later, I’m still hung up on the ending, haunted by its impact and steadfast humanity. This film opens you up, with precision, not without care, and very intentionally leave you vulnerable.   There’s a blunt, matter-of-fact honesty to the story that cuts much deeper than melodrama, and director George Sluzier crafts an impeccable, intoxicating mystery, with intelligent work from writer Tim Krabbé , that demands resolution even if you dread each turning of the page.

Sluzier sets an exquisite trap and the lure is Saskia ( Johanna ter Steege ), a radiant young woman who disappears at a rest stop during a road trip with her boyfriend, Rex ( Gene Bervoets ). In a film full of masterful tricks, perhaps the most impressive is the way The Vanishing makes us fall in love with Saskia so quickly so that when she is gone, her absence haunts us along with Rex, who obsessively searches for her. His endless devotion catches the eye of Saskia’s abductor, played with chilling, understated menace by  Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu , who seeks out contact with Rex, culminating in a horrific, haunting mindfuck finale.

The Vanishing presents two types of madness, each terrifying in their own way — the cold, calculating psychosis of a serial killer and the blistering, unhinged desperation of a grieving man desperate for closure. Either one is fuel enough for nightmares aplenty, but together they’re the yin and yang of human suffering, perfectly matched, opposite ends of the spectrum. It’s devastating. The Vanishing is a masterpiece, an essential experience in empathy and agony that grips you by the throat and never, ever lets go.

( Disclaimer: Kluzier went on to remake his own film in English and that 1993 redo abandons everything that made the original so special. Be sure to seek out the original — no imitations. )

The horror of  Creep is all about the terrifying uncertainty of what the hell is going to happen next, and it works like a nauseous charm thanks to one extraordinary performance from Mark Duplass . You never know what to make of Duplass in this tightly-constructed paranoid horror pic. He's charming, disarming, and absolutely offputting, raising alarms with every cocked eyebrow and eager smile. You never know what he'll do or say next, and the whole film crackles like a livewire with the tense anticipation of what's around the corner.

Duplass co-wrote the film with director Patrick Bice , who also stars as Aaron, a naive videographer who heads to a remote mountainside cabin after responding to a mysterious Craiglist gig. All he has to do is film for a day and he'll make an easy grand, so he heads off to the woods where he meets Duplass' Josef, and from the moment he comes into frame, there's never a doubt he's an absolute weirdo, and probably a dangerous one, so all of their their queasy interactions course with jaw-clenching tension.

Bice and Duplass methodically build up the tension and intrigue, always knowing when to deliver a payoff and when to hold back, and it all leads to one last nasty surprise to top them all. Not your average found footage flick, Creep is all in your head and takes its time rooting around in there before following the natural path to  more traditional horror beats.

More Recommendations: Unsane ,  American Psycho, A Tale of Two Sisters, Black Swan, The Invitation, Oldboy, Eraserhead , and obviously,  The Shining .

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Fight Club (1999)

Fight Club

From David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier Rated R

Fight Club is a 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt. The film follows a depressed insomniac named the Narrator (Norton) who forms a fight club with soap salesman Tyler Durden (Pitt). As their membership grows, the fight club evolves into an underground organization that wages a violent revolution against a society of material wealth. Meanwhile, the Narrator's mental health deteriorates as he becomes dangerously consumed by the fight club and its philosophy of self-destruction. The film is an exploration of masculinity, anti-consumerism, and nihilism.

Inception (2010)

Inception

From Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Ken Watanabe Rated PG-13

Inception is a mind-bending science fiction film about a team of thieves who specialize in entering people's dreams to extract valuable secrets from their subconscious. Led by Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), the team includes Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Eames (Tom Hardy), Ariadne (Ellen Page), and Yusuf (Dileep Rao). Their mission is to implant an idea in the mind of a corporate businessman, Robert Fischer (Cillian Murphy), which will benefit their employer. During the mission, the team must navigate the dangerous subconscious of the victim, face their own inner demons, and avoid powerful projections of Fischer's subconscious. In the end, Dom and his team must confront the question of whether they can accept the consequences of their actions, and ultimately, whether they can "wake up" from the dream world.

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix

From Directors: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, starring Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving Rated R

The Matrix is a 1999 science fiction action film directed by the Wachowski siblings. The film follows Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) as he is drawn into a mysterious underground world where humans are enslaved by machines. Anderson discovers that the Matrix is a simulated reality created by intelligent machines to keep humans under control while they harvest their energy. He joins a group of rebels who are trying to free humanity from the Matrix and overthrow its creators. Along the way, Anderson learns that he is "The One" who can save humanity and has special powers. With the help of his allies, Anderson eventually defeats the machines and opens the door to freedom for humanity.

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar

From Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy Rated PG-13

Interstellar follows the story of former NASA pilot Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and a team of explorers who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. After discovering that Earth is slowly becoming uninhabitable, the team sets off on a dangerous mission to find a habitable planet in a distant galaxy. Along the way, they encounter a variety of life forms, powerful forces of nature, and a mysterious entity. As they approach their destination, the explorers must find a way to save the human race from extinction. With its stunning visuals, dramatic score, and unforgettable performances, Interstellar is an epic science fiction adventure that explores the depths of space and the limits of human courage.

The Prestige (2006)

The Prestige

From Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine Rated PG-13

The Prestige is a 2006 neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by Christopher Nolan. The film follows two rival stage magicians in London at the end of the 19th century. Robert Angier and Alfred Borden are friends and partners who turn to bitter enemies after a trick goes tragically wrong. Both men become obsessed with creating the best stage illusion and sacrificing everything for the sake of their rivalry. As their rivalry grows, the two men use dark science, deception and technology to try to outwit and outmagic each other, resulting in a devastating climax. The film stars Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson, and Piper Perabo.

Memento (2000)

Memento

From Christopher Nolan, starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Boone Junior Rated R

Memento tells the story of Leonard Shelby, a man with anterograde amnesia (inability to form new memories). Two years prior to the film, Leonard's wife was murdered and he was unable to apprehend the killer. He is now on a quest for revenge, but is hindered by his condition; he is unable to remember anything for more than a few minutes. In order to keep track of his task, Leonard tattoos clues on his body, takes photos, and leaves himself notes on Polaroid photos. As he meets new people and begins to piece together the mystery of his wife's murder, his own identity is slowly revealed.

Joker (2019)

Joker

From Todd Phillips, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy Rated R

Joker is a 2019 psychological thriller and dark drama film directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix. Set in 1981, it follows the life of the mentally troubled loner Arthur Fleck, a failed stand-up comedian whose descent into madness and nihilism inspires a violent revolution against the privileged elite of Gotham City. Through his transformation into the sinister Clown Prince of Crime, Arthur learns to take control of his own destiny and become the ultimate symbol of chaos and rebellion. The film also stars Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

From Michel Gondry, starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Tom Wilkinson, Gerry Robert Byrne Rated R

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is a 2004 romantic science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Michel Gondry and written by Charlie Kaufman. The film follows an estranged couple, Joel (Jim Carrey) and Clementine (Kate Winslet), who have erased each other from their memories. As they slowly begin to rediscover each other, they begin to rediscover their lost love. Along the way, they come to understand the importance of cherishing their memories, regardless of how painful they might be. The film also explores the nature of relationships and the power of true love.

Shutter Island (2010)

Shutter Island

From Martin Scorsese, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley Rated R

Shutter Island is an American psychological thriller directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Set in 1954, the film follows U.S. Marshals Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) as they investigate the mysterious disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane located on Shutter Island. As they delve deeper into the case, Teddy begins to uncover disturbing secrets about the hospital and its inhabitants. As the investigation intensifies, he finds himself questioning his own sanity, as the line between reality and delusion become increasingly blurred. The film culminates in a shocking twist ending.

The Father (2020)

The Father

From Florian Zeller, starring Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams Rated PG-13

The Father is a 2020 drama film written and directed by Florian Zeller, based on his 2012 play of the same name. The film follows 80-year-old Anthony (Anthony Hopkins), a retired dressmaker living in London, whose life is upended when he begins to experience confusion and memory loss. With the help of his daughter Anne (Olivia Colman) and her boyfriend Paul (Rufus Sewell), Anthony must grapple with his growing mental decline and the reality of his changing relationship with his daughter. The film follows Anthony as he navigates his new reality and attempts to keep his independence while struggling to understand his increasingly confusing world. With moments of both heartbreaking tragedy and heartwarming humor, The Father paints a vivid portrait of a man's battle with the ravages of dementia.

Gone Girl (2014)

Gone Girl

From David Fincher, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry Rated R

Gone Girl is a 2014 American psychological thriller directed by David Fincher and based on the novel of the same name by Gillian Flynn. The film stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike and follows the story of Nick Dunne (Affleck), a man accused of murdering his wife, Amy (Pike). As the police investigation unfolds, the audience is taken through a whirlwind of twists and turns as secrets from the past come to light, with Nick at the center of the drama. The film explores themes of marriage, trust, and perception as Nick fights to prove his innocence and unravel the truth about his wife before it's too late.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)

Everything Everywhere All at Once

From Directors: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, starring Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ke Huy Quan Rated R

Everything Everywhere All at Once is an upcoming 2022 film directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert. It follows a 17-year-old named Wyatt as he discovers the power of the universe within himself. Through a series of events, Wyatt unlocks his own inner power, which allows him to bend time and space, and to gain a newfound appreciation for the world around him. Wyatt discovers that by embracing his newfound powers, he can use them to help those around him, and in turn, help make the world a better place. In the process, Wyatt discovers the power of friendship, learning to trust and rely on his new friends as they take on the challenges that come with unlocking the mysteries of the universe. With their help, Wyatt will learn to navigate the magical world he has created and discover the secrets of the universe.

Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko

From Richard Kelly, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne Rated R

Donnie Darko is a psychological thriller/sci-fi film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular character. The film follows Donnie, a troubled and troubled teen, as he experiences a series of strange and mysterious events in his suburban town. The film examines various themes such as mental illness, time travel, destiny, and the power of the imagination. Donnie is visited by a giant rabbit named Frank who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. Donnie is then led on a journey of self-discovery, dealing with his own mental illness, as well as facing the consequences of his actions. Through his encounters with various characters and his journey of self-discovery, Donnie is able to gain a better understanding of himself and the world around him.

Her

From Spike Jonze, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara Rated R

Her is a science fiction romantic drama starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. Set in a near-future Los Angeles, the story follows Theodore Twombly (Phoenix), a lonely and introverted writer who develops a relationship with a sophisticated operating system (Samantha). As the two grow closer, Theodore finds himself changing in unexpected ways and struggling to reconcile his deepening feelings with the reality of the relationship. Through Theodore's journey, the film explores themes of love, connection, and humanity in a world increasingly dominated by technology.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

Edge of Tomorrow

From Doug Liman, starring Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson Rated PG-13

Edge of Tomorrow stars Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, an officer in the United States military who finds himself caught in a time loop, reliving the same day over and over again on the battlefield. Cage must team up with Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to fight off an alien invasion and uncover a way to defeat the enemy. Along the way, Cage learns how to become a better soldier, while also finding a way to break the loop and save humanity. With the help of Rita and the other heroes of the United Forces, Cage finds the courage and strength to fight and ultimately win the alien war.

Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler

From Dan Gilroy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed Rated R

Nightcrawler is a 2014 neo-noir crime thriller film starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a young man living in Los Angeles who discovers the world of freelance crime journalism. Louis turns to a life of crime to make money, and soon he is caught up in the nocturnal world of freelance news gathering, and discovers a niche in the market for capturing footage of accidents, fires and crime scenes. He quickly rises to the top of the field and puts himself in danger as he chases stories with increasingly reckless behaviour. As he begins to blur the line between observer and participant, his ambition and moral code are put to the test, and the audience is left to question how far is too far.

Mr. Nobody (2009)

Mr. Nobody

From Jaco Van Dormael, starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger, Linh-Dan Pham Rated R

Mr. Nobody is a science fiction drama film directed by Jaco Van Dormael. The film follows Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality through science. As Nemo reflects on his life, we experience a series of flashbacks to his three primary love relationships at different stages throughout his life, exploring the various decisions and consequences of his life. The film examines the beauty and struggles of life, love and destiny, as Nemo ponders the questions of why he exists, who he is and what he will become. Along his journey, Nemo discovers the importance of making choices that define who he is, ultimately realizing that the only true freedom he has is the freedom to choose.

Get Out (2017)

Get Out

From Jordan Peele, starring Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener Rated R

Get Out is a horror-thriller written and directed by Jordan Peele. The film follows a young African-American man named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, only to discover a disturbing secret about them. His host family, the Armitages, appear to be holding members of their African-American community in a state of mental paralysis. As Chris digs deeper, he finds that the Armitages and their allies plan on using him for a sinister experiment. With the help of his new friend, Rod (LilRel Howery), Chris must find a way to escape before it’s too late. Get Out is a tense, thrilling, and thought-provoking film, exploring themes of racism, privilege, and identity.

The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist

From Brad Anderson, starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian Rated R

The Machinist is a psychological thriller directed by Brad Anderson and starring Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik, an insomniac industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year. As a result of his insomnia, Reznik begins to suffer from severe physical and psychological problems, including paranoia, hallucinations, extreme weight loss, and a skewed perception of reality. After a series of strange events, Reznik begins to suspect that his co-workers are conspiring against him and begins to investigate. As he delves deeper into the truth, he discovers a dark secret that will change his life forever. The Machinist is a story of guilt, redemption, and the power of the human spirit.

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

From Alejandro G. Iñárritu, starring Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough Rated R

"Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" is a 2014 American black comedy-drama film directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu. It stars Michael Keaton as Riggan Thomson, a fading Hollywood actor best known for his past role as a superhero. Riggan is desperate to reclaim his past fame and critical success by writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver short story. Along the way, he must contend with his own ego and preconceptions, those of his cast and crew, and the relentless mockery of the cynical New York public. The film follows Riggan through a whirlwind of doubt, self-discovery and redemption, ultimately showcasing his courage to take a chance and make a difference.

The Butterfly Effect (2004)

The Butterfly Effect

From Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber, starring Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Elden Henson Rated R

The Butterfly Effect is a 2004 American psychological thriller film directed by Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber. The film stars Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Eric Stoltz, William Lee Scott, and Ethan Suplee. The plot revolves around a young man named Evan Treborn (Kutcher) who discovers that he has the ability to time travel and alter his past experiences. Evan uses his newfound power to attempt to fix some of the wrongs he made in his past. However, the consequences of his actions often lead to unexpected and often dangerous results. As Evan continues to use his power, he finds himself in a dangerous situation, and must find a way to put things back to how they were before he started. The film explores the concept of chaos theory, as well as the consequences of altering the past.

Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Nocturnal Animals

From Tom Ford, starring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson Rated R

Nocturnal Animals is a 2016 American psychological thriller film directed by Tom Ford and written by Ford and Edward Norton, based on the 1993 novel Tony and Susan by Austin Wright. The film stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Michael Shannon. The film follows an art gallery owner whose ex-husband sends her a package containing a manuscript of his new novel, which tells the story of a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. The film is told in two parallel stories; one set in the present day and the other in flashbacks. In the present-day story, Susan (Adams) is a successful Los Angeles art gallery owner who receives a manuscript from her ex-husband Edward (Gyllenhaal). The novel tells the story of Tony Hastings (also played by Gyllenhaal), a professor who takes his wife and daughter on a road trip that is interrupted by three rednecks on a remote Texas highway. In the flashbacks, Susan's life before and during her marriage to Edward is explored. In the present-day, Susan must confront her past as she is left to ponder the meaning of Edward's novel, along with the message he is sending her. Ultimately, the

Source Code (2011)

Source Code

From Duncan Jones, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright Rated PG-13

Source Code is a 2011 science fiction film directed by Duncan Jones and starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The story follows Army helicopter pilot Colter Stevens (Gyllenhaal), who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he has only 8 minutes to figure out how he got there. With the help of a female passenger, he discovers he is part of a top-secret government program called the "Source Code" which allows him to cross over into an alternate reality where he must find the bomber of a commuter train and prevent an even bigger disaster from occurring. In doing so, he discovers the truth about his mission and ultimately must choose between his own life and the lives of hundreds of innocent people.

Predestination (2014)

Predestination

From Directors: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig, starring Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor, Madeleine West Rated R

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Cloud Atlas

From Directors: Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving Rated R

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From acclaimed director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced), Crossing is a moving and tender tale of identity, acceptance and unlikely connection that transcends borders and generations. Lia, a retired schoolteacher living in Georgia, hears from a young neighbour Achi that her long lost niece Tekla, a transgender woman, has crossed the border into Turkey. Hoping to bring Tekla home after a period of estrangement, Lia travels to Istanbul with the unpredictable Achi to find her. Exploring the hidden depths of the city, they cross paths with a transgender lawyer called Evrim, who helps them in their search. Humanistic and compassionate, Akin’s third feature is a heartfelt portrayal of overcoming the degrees of separation that divide us. Crossing is directed by Levan Akin, a Swedish filmmaker of Georgian descent. His work explores class, gender and sexuality. His body of work includes the critically acclaimed film And Then We Danced, which premiered in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes 2019 and was selected as Sweden’s official entry for the Oscars. Akin has also made notable contributions to television, including the series Real Humans (adapted as Humans for AMC in the US and UK). Additionally, he served as a co-executive producer and director for AMC’s highly regarded adaptation of Interview with the Vampire (2022). Akin’s latest film, Crossing, premiered at Berlinale in 2024.

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Music Review: In a new expanded collection, how much of John Lennon's 'Mind Games' is too much?

The new remixed and expanded “Mind Games: The Ultimate Collection” is for those John Lennon fans who really, really love his 1973 record of the same name

The new remixed and expanded “Mind Games: The Ultimate Collection" is for those John Lennon fans who really, really love his inconsistent 1973 record of the same name.

The problem is, many Lennon fans would rank the original “Mind Games” fourth or fifth among his most beloved records. Not that the fourth-best John Lennon album is bad or anything, it's just that “Mind Games” has to have a special place in your heart to make the new “Ultimate Collection” worth it, which is available in two or six-disc editions.

Most Lennon fans will be more-than satisfied with the two-disc version that offers the original album remastered plus a disc of outtakes.

And for those rare few who may pick “Mind Games” over, say, “Imagine” or “Plastic Ono Band” as their favorite Lennon album, there’s the “Super Deluxe Edition” that was limited to just 1,100 copies for a cool $1,350. It includes extras such as a hologram-engraved EP and bespoke I-Ching coins.

Thinking about buying that one? Too late, it’s long sold out.

But for the rest of us, there are the more economical six- or two-disc collections. The six-disc version has all of the music included on the two-disc version, with additional CDs offering listeners multiple ways to experience “Mind Games," including an audio documentary and an expansive book that goes deep into the songs and what was happening in Lennon's life and the world at this time.

There's the original recording remixed “from the ground up” by Lennon’s son, Sean Ono Lennon dubbed “The Ultimate Mixes.” “The Elemental Mixes” presents the songs stripped down from post-production enhancements, but with Lennon's voice at the forefront.

The best disc of the bunch is the “Raw Studio Mixes” which delivers “Mind Games” as it was recorded in the studio before overdubs and other post-production effects. This one, more than any of the others, really puts the listener on the studio floor with Lennon and the other musicians.

Disc three, titled “The Elements Mixes,” not to be confused with “The Elemental Mixes,” goes in the opposite direction and removes Lennon's vocals all together. That's a bold move, to put it kindly, that will likely become the least played one in this set for most.

“The Evolution Documentary” delivers just what it promises — mini-audio documentaries showing how each song evolved. That's kind of cool, especially for those who like to hear how the songs changed during recording without listening to every single take. The studio banter from Lennon and Yoko Ono is a fun bonus.

Rounding out the set on disc six, or disc two of the slimmed down release, are, of course, the outtakes. Whew.

All of it may have the more casual fan throwing their hands in the air and shouting the Lennon lyric, “Gimme some truth!”

It's unlikely that anyone listening to all five-plus hours of “The Ultimate Collection” will be shouting “Gimme more ‘Mind Games’!” ___

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  1. 100+ Best Mind-Twisting Movies Ever Made

    Director Lana Wachowski Lilly Wachowski Stars Keanu Reeves Laurence Fishburne Carrie-Anne Moss. 3. Pan's Labyrinth. 2006 1h 58m R. 8.2 (707K) Rate. 98 Metascore. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.

  2. 32 Trippy Movies or Shows To Take You Out of This World ...

    Dr. Strange — created by Scott Derrickson and released in 2016 — introduces viewers to the mystical side of the Marvel Universe. With mind-bending visuals, alternate dimensions, and psychedelic imagery, Doctor Strange is a trip into the world of sorcery and spirituality. Doctor Strange is unlike any other superhero movie out there.

  3. Mind Trip Movies

    R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller. Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one. Director: James Mangold | Stars: John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes. Votes: 263,916 | Gross: $52.16M.

  4. 25 Best Best Mindtrip Movies

    Fight Club (1999) ★★★★. ★★★★. 3.5 out of 4 stars. From David Fincher, starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Meat Loaf, Zach Grenier. Rated R. Fight Club is a 1999 American film directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, and Helena Bonham Carter. The film follows an insomniac office worker, played by Norton ...

  5. 25 Best Mind Trip Movies

    Interstellar (2014) ★★★★. ★★★★. 3.4 out of 4 stars. From Christopher Nolan, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy. Rated PG-13. Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction epic, written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

  6. Ultimate Trippy Movies List

    a refined yet extensive list of trippy movies, usually involving mind-bending concepts, psychedelic visuals, and extensive drug use depicted from a first person perspective. if you don't watch these on drugs, you'll wonder if someone slipped something in your dr pepper. I haven't seen all of these, and the ones I've seen are more likely to be at the top. feel free to comment with suggestions.

  7. Best Mind-Bending Movies and Shows Guaranteed to Break Your Brain

    Best Mind-Bending Movies and Shows Guaranteed to Break Your Brain - Netflix Tudum. If you love stories packed with twists and turns, check out this list of films and shows that include Manifest, Black Mirror, Russian Doll and I'm Thinking of Ending Things.

  8. The 25 Best Mind-Bending Movies of All Time

    Yet what really pushes this one to 'mind fuck' levels is its third act, which opens a door to very fresh and completely unexpected territory. To delve into it too much would do a disservice but for those who've missed this one, give it a look for a wonderfully pulpy yet equally clever horror/thriller. 19. Mind Game (2004)

  9. 22 Trippy Movies That'll Make You Feel Weird

    There are movies like Enter the Void, which was inspired by mind-altering substances and uses specific imagery to make audiences feel like they're on DMT. Finally, there are a few befuddling films on this list that don't involve substance use at all. 1. 600 VOTES.

  10. 30 Best Trippy Movies on Netflix Right Now

    Feel free to check it out here. 10. The Midnight Sky (2020) Directed by George Clooney, 'The Midnight Sky' is a science fiction film based on Lily Brooks-Dalton's debut novel. The movie revolves around Augustine Lofthouse, a reclusive academic who has survived a global catastrophe and is now facing its aftermath.

  11. 25 Best Mind Trip Movies On Netflix

    The movie follows Dom Cobb, a professional thief with the ability to enter into people's dreams, as he is hired by a business mogul to plant an idea into the mind of a rival businessman. Cobb and his team must create a dream within a dream as they attempt to plant the idea while dealing with the subconscious resistance of their target.

  12. Mind-Frigged: 10 Trippy Movies That Will Have You Questioning Reality

    Not all head-trip movies are science fiction or horror. Some just showcase how twisted the real world could be sometimes. Combine that level of demented with the master of twisted characters, David Fincher and your get the adaptation of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.. When Amy Dunne, a former child star goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary all signs point to her husband Nick as the ...

  13. The 25 trippiest movies of all time

    These movies use cinematic techniques to blow your mind, expand your horizons, and take you places you've never been before. These are the movies that take you on a literal trip.

  14. The Best Mind Puzzling Movies

    When a beautiful stranger leads computer hacker Neo to a forbidding underworld, he discovers the shocking truth--the life he knows is the elaborate deception of an evil cyber-intelligence. Director Lana Wachowski Lilly Wachowski Stars Keanu Reeves Laurence Fishburne Carrie-Anne Moss. 7. Jacob's Ladder.

  15. 25 Trippy Movies That Feel Like a Fever Dream

    9 The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears. Strand Releasing. Much like its title, The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears is a beguiling and singular film. The plot - which, if we're being ...

  16. 12 Best Psychedelic Movies, According to Reddit

    6 'Easy Rider' (1969) Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper star in this road drama as two bikers traveling across America carrying money from a drug deal. Along the way, they encounter a cast of ...

  17. The Best Psychological Horror Movies to Mess with Your Head

    Jacob's Ladder. Image via TriStar Pictures. Part war movie, part political thriller, and all emotional torment, Jacob's Ladder is one of the most fearless, ambitious, and enduring head trip ...

  18. The Best Mind-Bending Psychological Movies.

    69 Metascore. An American drug dealer living in Tokyo is betrayed by his best friend and killed in a drug deal. His soul, observing the repercussions of his death, seeks resurrection. Director Gaspar Noé Stars Nathaniel Brown Paz de la Huerta Cyril Roy. I feel like this film doesn't get enough credit...

  19. 25 Best Mind Trip Movie

    3.5 out of 4 stars . From Christopher Nolan, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elliot Page, Ken Watanabe Rated PG-13. Inception is a mind-bending science fiction film about a team of thieves who specialize in entering people's dreams to extract valuable secrets from their subconscious.

  20. Crossing | Official Trailer (MUBI)

    Crossing Trailer Teases a Road Trip Like No Other ... The Sandy Cheeks Movie (2024) ... 1 day ago. 22:44. Mother, Couch Director Niclas Larsson on the Mind-Warping Allegorical Film and Its Stacked ...

  21. Top 150 Trippy-Psychedelic Movies of All Time

    Waking Life. 2001 1h 39m R. 7.7 (67K) Rate. 85 Metascore. A man shuffles through a dream meeting various people and discussing the meanings and purposes of the universe. Director Richard Linklater Stars Ethan Hawke Trevor Jack Brooks Lorelei Linklater. 9. Son of the White Mare.

  22. Music Review: In a new expanded collection, how much of John Lennon's

    The new remixed and expanded "Mind Games: The Ultimate Collection" is for those John Lennon fans who really, really love his inconsistent 1973 record of the same name.. The problem is, many ...

  23. Mind/Trip (TV Series 2021)

    Mind/Trip: The lives of people who live with mental health disorders.

  24. "A Celtic State of Mind" We're not in a state of panic, but ...

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