I like dark things. I don’t know when this began, but as long as I can remember, this is how I have been. Attracted to the shadows, if you will. As lame as that sounds, this does not mean I ever wore guyliner or dyed my hair black and let it hang in my eyes, but if you read through a good deal of the writing from my youth, you would find some very twisted concepts coming out of my young mind. When fear is fake, as in “you feel fear but there is no actual threat of danger”, I revel in it. I like the way it makes my heart hammer. I like the way it twists my perception of things. I like the way fear takes rational thought and crushes it in its fist, causing us to think from the parts of our minds we don’t often regress to. And what better way to feel this fear than to embrace it through the medium of film. Understand, I am not talking solely of horror films. The scariest films often are not horror at all, but tend to be dramas built around human suffering. A few weeks ago I decided I had missed that feeling. That suffocating fear I feel when watching movies that make me squirm with discomfort. So I decided to sit down with some films I had been holding out on, and watch five rather bleak films, five days in a row, back to back. Did it take a toll on my mental state? Ofcourse it did, the most powerful art often does. But the first thing you feel when you see films like this, if you are rational, is grateful. Grateful that none of it is happening to you. Some people walk away from these films more screwed up. I walk away with an odd sense of peace that I witnessed the suffering, but was not forced to feel it, first hand. A concept I have touched upon before, and intend to again with this article. Be forewarned, though, shit gets mighty fucked up.
Listen, just because you may have never taken hallucinogens doesn’t mean you wont enjoy this list. You see, realistically, people who have never taken hallucinogens have often never taken them because the misconceptions and fears about them, which society only works at perpetuating. Jaundice journalism, if I may be so bold. But this list will show you what you have been taught is quite wrong, actually. For those who have taken hallucinogens, they know that the inch thick (proverbial) goggles we wear in our lives without ever knowing it get stripped off under the influence of hallucinogens, and we see life as we never had before, yet we see it like we were intended to. The colors are crisp, the thoughts are divine epiphanies, and the most predominant thing you feel is the constant joy at how new, stunning, and alive everything suddenly becomes. And if you can “trip” anywhere, you should trip in the woods. You really should. But on the off-chance it is cold outside, or stormy, or you have the inability to get yourself to a forest safely, the next best thing to do is create art, in any form. Be it music or painting or writing, like I am right now. But, if you are trapped inside and not feeling the creation vibe, the NEXT best thing to do when tripping is put on a movie and just sit back and bug out. The thing is, the movies you put on during a trip will form the feeling of that trip, so the films you choose are essential to heightening the already amazing experience. Here are six (yes, there’s an extra hidden at the end) movies to watch while tripping your face off, that will only make your trip that much more enjoyable. Well, except for The Wall. That one may tweak you out a little, but you should still watch it tripping.