List of films featuring hallucinogens

There is a body of films featuring hallucinogens.

List of films

Film Description Hallucinogen featured Year Ref.
Altered States Believing that altered states of consciousness are just as real as "normal" consciousness, a professor of abnormal psychology combines a hallucinogenic mixture with sensory deprivation and begins to "regress" into progressively earlier stages of evolution. LSD, DMT, psilocybin 1980 [1]
Artificial Paradises 2012
Awakening of the Beast 1970 [2]
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America 1996 [3]
Blueberry 2004 [4]
Brain Damage 1988 [5]
Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus 2013 [6]
Doors, TheThe Doors 1991 [7]
Dredd In the science fiction action film future United States is a dystopic irradiated wasteland known as the Cursed Earth. On the east coast lies Mega-City One, a violent metropolis with 800 million residents and 17,000 crimes reported daily. The only force for order are the Judges, who act as judge, jury and executioner. Judge Dredd is tasked by the Chief Judge with evaluating new recruit Cassandra Anderson, a powerful psychic who failed the aptitude tests to be a Judge. Dredd and Anderson raid Peach Trees, a 200-storey slum tower block a drug lord selling Slo-Mo, an addictive new drug which reduces the user's perception of time to 1% of normal. (Fictional) Slo-Mo 2012
Easy Rider LSD 1969 [8]
Embrace of the Serpent The film tells two stories thirty years apart, both featuring Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his tribe. He travels with two scientists, firstly with German Theodor Koch-Grunberg in 1909 and American Richard Evans Schultes in 1940, to look for the rare yakruna, a (fictional) sacred plant. 2015
Emerald Forest, TheThe Emerald Forest 1985 [1]
Enter the Void DMT, LSD 2009 [9]
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas LSD, mescaline 1998 [1]
Field in England, AA Field in England 2013 [10]
Hot Rod 2007 [2]
I Love You, Alice B. Toklas 1968 [8]
In the Name of the Father 1993 [7]
Jacob's Ladder 1990 [7]
Midnight Cowboy 1969 [7]
Naked Lunch 1991 [7]
Natural Born Killers 1994 [7]
Nightbreed 1990 [11]
Performance An ex-hitman (Chas) hides from his former boss by moving in with an ex-rock star (Turner) and his two girlfriends. Chas begins to leave behind his hypermasculinity, and under the influence of the hallucinogenic mushroom Amanita muscaria he admits that he is relieved to be out of the gangster lifestyle. He begins exploring his bisexuality and dressing in more feminine clothing, including a wig. When Chas' former boss finds him, Chas shoots Turner before being led to his own death. 1970 [7]
People Next Door, TheThe People Next Door 1970 [7]
President's Analyst, TheThe President's Analyst 1967 [7]
Psych-Out 1968 [7]
Seven Psychopaths In the metacinema crime black comedy film Marty Faranan is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay, Seven Psychopaths. Marty's best friend, Billy (Rockwell), is an unemployed actor who makes a living by kidnapping dogs and collecting the owners' cash rewards for their safe return. His partner-in-crime, Hans Kieslowski - a religious man with a cancer-stricken wife - has a vision of his late wife telling him that there is no heaven and that she's just sitting in a completely grey room, which lets Hans doubt his believes in afterlife. Peyote 2012 [12][13]
Serpent and the Rainbow, TheThe Serpent and the Rainbow 1988 [14]
Shrooms On a vacation in Ireland, a group of American students gather and eat psilocybin mushrooms. One of the group members accidentally ingests the wrong mushroom, a deathcap. She has a seizure and visions of her friends being murdered. As the trip continues, the group becomes separated and are murdered, apparently by an insane monk out of a ghost story from the area. 2007 [15]
Skidoo 1968 [8]
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny 2006
Training Day 2001
Taking Woodstock 2009
Tingler, TheThe Tingler 1959 [7]
Trip, TheThe Trip 1967 [8]
White Sound, TheThe White Sound 2002 [7]

See also


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  9. Cheney, Alexandra (August 12, 2010). "Hallucinogenic 'Enter the Void' Shakes Up Lincoln Center". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  10. Burrell, Ian (28 June 2013). "Ben Wheatley and Film4 go where no British film has gone: 'A Field in England' to be shown on TV on the same day as its cinema release". The Independent.
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