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Best Movies To Watch On Acid

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LSD inspires many people to venture outside, exploring the great-wide wonders of the Earth. But, every once in a while, you may want to plop down on a couch and let the trip come to you. Yet beware the Netflix paradox: 4,000 movies and nothing to watch! Fret not, for we have assembled a guide to sixteen films offering unique psychedelic experiences, whether through stunning visuals, thought-provoking themes, or surreal approaches to storytelling. But, we do emphasize caution when watching movies while under the influence of psychedelics: It’s essential to be in a secure, comfortable environment and to engage only with content that feels emotionally safe to you at the moment. Your mindset and environment can significantly influence your psychedelic experience. So, horror films, graphic films, or films with intense subject matter might not be the best bets.

Safe(r) Tripping 

Timothy Leary introduced the concept of “set and setting” in 1964—now, it’s ubiquitous throughout the psychedelic world. Set and setting describe the interplay between substances, internal state, and external environment. Your set and setting can make or break a trip. Read more from licensed counselor Bailey Rahn.  

The Trippiest Movies to Watch on Acid

From animated fantasies to masterful performances and visually driven documentaries, the following sixteen movies promise to captivate and enthrall, each enhancing the LSD experience in its own way. Remember to approach combining powerful movies with powerful psychedelics with caution and the right mindset. With that in mind, enjoy the ride!

Ponyo (2008)

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First up is a charming kids’ movie suitable for just about any trip. Hayao Miyazaki’s animated tale of a magical fish-girl explores the experience of childhood and the power of love in a visually enchanting beachside world. With his characteristically whimsical animation and humor, Miyazaki offers the chance to experience childlike wonder backed by spiritual themes.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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A visionary masterpiece, Stanley Kubrick’s film takes viewers on a mind-bending journey through the evolution of humanity and the mysteries of the cosmos, blending unique visuals with philosophical depth in a cinematic style that was groundbreaking in its time and remains influential today. With long sequences accompanied only by music, it’s great to get lost in after taking LSD. Does it win our movies to watch on acid vote? Yes, yes it does.

Beyoncé: Homecoming (2019)

Here’s a different kind of movie you could watch on acid: a history-making live performance! Beyoncé’s electrifying concert film celebrates Black music, culture, and empowerment through the aesthetics of a homecoming celebration at a HBCU (historically black college/university). A feast for the eyes and ears, it’s an exhilarating choice for a trip geared toward joy and inspiration.

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Alice In Wonderland (1951)

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Author Lewis Carroll’s timeless tale of curiosity and imagination comes to life in Walt Disney’s psychedelic adaptation, where flowers sing and animals populate the royal court. Its emotive music, colorful scenes, and downright silly characters have long been said to mirror the effects of LSD. Embrace the absurdity of Wonderland and embark on a special journey.

The Holy Mountain (1973)

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Difficult to summarize but easy to enjoy, Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surrealist masterpiece challenges conventional thought with an experimental approach to depicting spirituality and enlightenment that is rife with esoteric symbolism. We’re not exaggerating when we say this movie offers the potential for a transformative experience.

Waking Life (2001)

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If you’re feeling inclined to something a bit more intellectual, try this philosophical exploration of dreams, reality, politics, and free will by Richard Linklater. The disjointed scenes are expressed through rotoscope animation (where animations are traced over video footage), and feature existential musings that stimulate the mind.

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Dune: Part One (2021)

Is Dune an excellent movie to watch on acid? Yes, definitely. Denis Villeneuve’s epic adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel one-upped David Lynch’s 1986 version by leveraging modern technology and a gargantuan Hollywood budget to build a truly immersive world. The story unfolds in a vast galaxy of political intrigue with breathtaking visuals, enriching music, and a stellar cast. But what makes it so great for tripping is the meticulous attention to detail, such as the cosmic costumes and bold cinematography, in which scenes shot in actual deserts are layered with CGI to mesmerizing effect.

Baraka (1992)

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Sometimes described as “a visual poem,” Ron Fricke’s transcendent documentary (which has no narrative or voice-over) was named after an Islamic concept that means “blessing” or “breath.” It was shot on six continents and 24 countries, centering the beauty and diversity of the world through stunning cinematography and a hypnotic soundtrack, encouraging you to meditate on the profound interconnectedness of all things. 

Cloud Atlas (2012)

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Brought to you by the transgender sisters behind The Matrix, the Wachowskis‘ ambitious adaptation of David Mitchell’s novel is a kaleidoscopic epic that spans multiple timelines and genres. Another visually immersive film, its interwoven narratives suggest new models of history and time, making for an adventurous and highly mind-expanding experience.

Yellow Submarine (1968)

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The Beatles’ infamously LSD-inspired animated adventure traipses through the band’s most iconic songs with vibrant animation and whimsy. Like a time capsule, the film captures the spirit of Sixties counterculture, offering a colorful and joyous experience that’s befitting of a more lighthearted trip.

Spirited Away (2001)

How could we include just one Miyazaki film? Consistently enchanting and meaningful, just about everyone is a sensorily stimulating adventure. In Spirited Away, a young girl finds herself thrust into an alternate world full of imaginative creatures and lush landscapes, allowing viewers to escape reality and immerse themselves in the feeling of magic. 

Black Panther (2018)

Whether you’re a superhero fan or not, Ryan Coogler’s film could be a great choice. It’s a cinematic achievement celebrated for its novel approach to integrating African cultures in a futuristic sci-fi environment. The compelling story will resonate deeply with all kinds of viewers, perfect for a psychedelic trip geared toward action and inspiration.

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Often celebrated as a predecessor to Baraka, this is another documentary film that eschews traditional narrative. It uses slow-mo and time-lapse footage of United States cities and natural landscapes to explore the ever-changing triangulation of humans, nature, and technology; the film’s title comes from the Indigenous Hopi language’s expression of “life out of balance.” Viewers find themselves suspended between the beauty and chaos of human civilization.

Enter The Void (2009)

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Gaspar Noé’s self-described “psychedelic melodrama” offers a visually unique descent into the depths of the neon-lit nightlife of Tokyo, following an American drug dealer having an out-of-body experience. This hallucinatory and disorienting film is probably best suited for a more advanced psychonaut. 

The Fountain (2006)

The Fountain weaves together three interconnected narratives spanning over a thousand years: a conquistador’s search for the Tree of Life, a scientist’s quest to save his dying wife, and a 26th-century traveler’s odyssey through space. Through thoughtful use of lighting, trick photography, and a haunting score, Darren Aronofsky’s film explores history, spirituality, and the cycles of love and loss with rich symbols that may be seen from different angles on LSD.

The Tree of Life (2011)

This 140-minute epic is another beautiful exploration of existence. Directed by Terrence Malick and starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and Jessica Chastain, it intersperses one man’s journey through memories of his past with imagery of the birth of the universe and the beginning of life on Earth (including dinosaurs!). The film was celebrated for its creative visual effects.

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