Rogue 10 "Trippy" Flicks

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 14:07 Written by  JimmyO
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Rogue 10 "Trippy" Flicks

Finally, a summer release that is exciting fans and critics alike! Christopher Nolan's latest 'Inception' is a dream come true. This is a perfect mix of smarts, brilliant visual effects and great performances. So with that in mind, iamROGUE wanted to look back on the history of "Trippy Flicks". You know the kind; movies that make you go huh?!? Movies that make you question everything around you and then some. Some will be obvious but there are others that you may not have experienced. So shut your mind and take a look back at the weird, wicked and wonderful with…

The Rogue Ten “Trip Flicks.


10.  Parasomnia

Parasomnia

William Malone’s fairy tale thriller is a bloody good time. Parasomnia paints a portrait of a young woman spending her life in slumber, a murderous monster with the power of mind control and an intruder in their world of art and nightmares. It may be a low budget feature, but this dreamlike landscape takes viewers on a strange journey through the world of Zdzislaw Beksinski’s artwork in a strikingly, haunting way. A must see for fans of unique horror which has finally found its way onto DVD and Blu-ray.

9. Altered States

altered states

William Hurt and Blair Brown are a couple trapped in one of the oddest love (?) stories ever told. Hurt plays a Harvard scientist who conducts experiments on himself, locked deep inside a sensory deprivation tank. Ken Russell creates a bizarre cinematic experience that is sexually charged and a whole lot of weird. While the special effects certainly don’t hold up as well as one would like, it is still a fascinating study on human connection… or something like that.

8. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

Fire Walk With Me

David Lynch is a master of the modern nightmare. His dreamy, perfect places contain black crevices overflowing with some of the most frightening things a human being could ever live through. ‘Fire Walk with Me’, the prequel to the cult series ‘Twin Peaks’, looked deep inside the despair and horror that “Laura Palmer” faced before her ultimate demise. Sheryl Lee was superb as Laura, the troubled teenager with a secret. Sure there are secrets still left silent after all these years, but this is a wondrous and scary world that will never be forgotten by its fans.

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street

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When Tina (Amanda Wyss) is walking through a boiler room wearing a nightgown, you know something just isn’t right. It was the world’s introduction to “Freddy Krueger” and it changed the face of horror. The idea of closing your eyes and the monster under your bed would go away was long gone thanks to Wes Craven’s imagination. This ‘Nightmare’ was soaked in blood, but more importantly, bathed in atmosphere and sheer terror. This was a brilliant concept that has spawned a number of sequels (of course) and a remake. But there is nothing like the original.

6. Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

This strange little film created quite a buzz for Richard Kelly. He somehow managed to make a guy in a bunny suit creepy, and he presented some fascinating thoughts of time travel and its effects on a teenage boy. Thankfully, Jake Gyllenhaal was perfectly cast, alongside a number of terrific actors to keep the reality in check. If you’d like to see a simpler version of this film you could always watch the Director’s Cut. Both are creative and strange, but the mystery is most satisfying with the theatrical cut.

5. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2

Hellbound

In many ways, ‘Hellbound’ is slightly better than the original. While the first is probably a stronger film as a whole, ‘Hellbound’ is visually a stunner. After all, director Tony Randel drags you directly down to hell. It is a dark and scary place where monsters and the suffering they bring is explored in all its gory detail. Sure the effects are dated, but the idea is incredibly dark and intriguing (and yes, even sometimes fun if you love horror films). I just wouldn’t recommend this to the squeamish.

4. Requiem for a Dream

Requiem

There are a number of films about addiction and the lure of drugs that could have made this list. But none of them seemed to be as shockingly original and heartbreaking as this. It earned Ellen Burstyn an Academy Award nomination for her bravura performance as a woman with her own addictions. This is a sad and sometimes stunning world created by Darren Aronofsky where addicts come from places you’d never imagine. ‘Requiem’ is shockingly original and easily one of the best films of the past decade.

3. Dark City

Dark City

‘Dark City’ is one of the most underappreciated films ever made. A strong statement for sure, but this Alex Proyas directed feature is a stunner. What a terrifying idea it is. All of your memories and your history created. ‘City’ featured a terrific cast, with a surprising leading man in the form of Rufus Sewall. In fact, there is very little that is predictable or average in this beauty of a film. Definitely worth checking out if you’ve not experienced this beautiful sci-fi experience.   And of course, the second Jennifer Connelly film on the list (first being 'Requiem').

2. The Matrix

matrix

‘The Matrix’ came out of nowhere. But audiences were ready for it. This futuristic tale featuring Keanu Reeve, directed by The Wachowski Brothers was unexpected, original and such a huge hit is spawned two (inferior) sequels. The idea of questioning your own reality and how different another person’s could be was done so concise and perfectly here that it is still the go to movie when it comes to “tripping out.” If it weren’t for ‘The Matrix’, I wonder if we would even have ‘Inception’.

1. A Clockwork Orange

clockwork

Malcolm McDowell is unforgettable as a rogue psychopath who is healed, sort of. This Stanley Kubrick classic is fueled by sexuality, hyper-violence and a odd beauty. A devastatingly funny, yet absolutely disturbing tale transcends genres and is easily one of both Kubrick and McDowell’s works. If you’ve never watched this classic, it is simply a must own for fans of the outrageous and weird, but it is much more than that. This is simply brilliant filmmaking at its finest.

There are a few honorable mentions that just missed making the list including Fight Club, Trainspotting, Twelve Monkeys, Lost Highway and don’t forget Heavenly Creatures… so many more… What is your favorite cinema trip?

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