Magic Mushrooms provide the user with an acute sense of connectivity to books, music and especially movies. Here is a list of movies you can enjoy while on a psilocybin trip, hopefully boosting your enjoyment of these flics on so many levels.
Pink Floyd’s The Wall
This 1982 classic takes us on a trip through the mind of its central character via a surreal musical journey. The film offers little in the way of dialogue, and tells us a tale through one mind-numbing musical number after another. Driven to insanity by the death of his father, Bob Geldof’s character Pink hides behind a metaphoric physical and emotional wall he has built up to protect himself. The film tells a powerful and poignant story in a way never seen before on film, and is a must-see for those not familiar with this classic work.
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
This film is a cult classic, especially for regular “trippers”. Brought to us in 1998, the film is an adaptation of the 1971 novel by Hunter S. Thompson. The plot brings together a journalist, Raoul Duke, and his psychopathic lawyer Dr. Gonzo while they immerse themselves on a drug-fuelled road trip across Nevada.
This David Bowie classic came to us in 1986. While Bowie’s character is trippy enough on its own, the film is visually stunning and introduces the watcher to a world very different from our own. Bowie’s role as the Goblin King will go down in history as easily his best work. The story revolves around sixteen-year-old Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) who has just mere hours to rescue her baby brother Toby from the clutches of the Bowie character.
Animated movies have a special place for those tripping on mushrooms. This 1940 masterpiece mixes stunning visuals with classical music in a way no other film has managed to achieve. If possible, rent Fantasia 2000 which is a re-release of the Disney classic chock-full of insight and commentary by the likes of Steve Martin and Quincy Jones. The latter is merely an update of the 1940 film and includes new interpretations of a classical music soundtrack that will stay with you even after the end credits roll.
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
This 1971 musical fantasy pulls out all the stops when it comes to something visually imaginative. You will find yourself whisked away to a world where anything seems possible. You will need to see this classic for yourself to truly understand what was created here. The story follows Gene Wilder as the mad scientist type factory owner who has granted several golden tickets to tour his candy factory. This was a film adaptation of a 1964 Roald Dahl classic novel. Conversely, the 2005 Tim Burton adaptation of this film features an equally trippy Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
The Matrix series
These Keanu Reeves films are amongst the best when it comes to simply wanting to take your mind to another world, where the possibilities are limitless and reality is merely a suggestion. This journey began in 1999 and continued through the early 2000s with hints of a possible future reboot, retelling or even a continuation of the story. Not wanting to give too much away about the plot of this movie series let’s just say the world we all know is not what it appears, and that the mind is a very powerful thing.
This 2010 sci-fi masterpiece was directed produced and written by the unique mind of Christopher Nolan. Twists and turns abound as the watcher is taken on an adventure like no other. Leonardo DiCaprio plays a character who is capable of entering the subconscious of an individual to obtain information. This movie connects on so many levels and delves deeply into the possibilities and limits of the human mind. A true must-see.
The Dark Crystal
This 1982 fantasy film flips all the right switches when it comes to offering us something visually different. Brought to us by the warped minds of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, animatronics play a heavy role in telling the story. This film is a bit darker than one might expect from two guys who brought us much lighter fare in the form of The Muppets through the 1970s. The story revolves around an elf seeking to restore balance to the world by returning a lost shard to an alien civilization.
These are merely a few suggestions out of the many great works out there one might enjoy while using mushrooms, and I hope I haven’t left anything off this short list that would further your enjoyment of movies while tripping on magic mushrooms. Enjoy responsibly!