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jjnxn
Super Reviewer
May 1, 2011
Bad movie lovers rejoice. Craptastic mess from that unfortunate time period when the studios were trying to connect with a youth audience that just wasn't there. Poor Lana and her terrible two tone hair are stuck in this tripe with nowhere to hide. Her costarring with Dan O'Herlihy reminds the viewer that they were in Imitation of Life together and makes you wonder why you're not watching that instead! The rest of the acting is of the seriously wooden variety and the direction inept.
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2010
"The Big Cube" is a hoot. Yes, a hoot. I don't often describe something as a hoot, but this film is definitely flush with hootiness.

The title refers to the popular mode of taking LSD, but "The Big Cube" is really an old-fashioned soap opera at heart.

Lana Turner (older, but still beautiful) stars as a famous stage actress who's retiring to enjoy the good life with a new husband. Tensions build between Turner and the husband's daughter Lisa (newcomer Karis Mossberg, who apparently never acted again after this film). Mossberg's resemblance to the young Turner is mentioned in the plot, and this is probably the only reason she was cast, considering she has a heavy European accent which everyone else conveniently pretends doesn't exist.

Lisa becomes smitten with a handsome medical student (named Johnny, inevitably), but what she doesn't know is that he only wants her for her wealth and that he has been bounced out of school for dealing LSD. Then Lisa's father dies in a boating accident, and Turner inherits control of his fortune -- and Lisa's trust fund. That's when Johnny cooks up a plan to secretly dose the stepmother with LSD, so she will be ruled mentally incompetent. And the fun begins.

The acid trips are illustrated reasonably well with the usual kaleidoscopic lights and hallucinatory flashes, and Turner doesn't embarrass herself too badly (sorry, no horrible lines worth enshrining). But the contrast between the wanton scenes among Johnny's hippie friends and the sequences in Turner's glamorous world -- persistently shot with wrinkle-hiding soft focus -- is a laugh.

The one ingredient the film lacks is an appearance from a legitimate psychedelic band for historical interest. Tsk tsk. It does bless us with a bit of topless nudity, though. Don't worry, it's not Turner.
January 18, 2010
A fairly melodramatic exploration of 60's culture that sees a step-daughter falling under the spell of her opportunistic hippie lover. Together they plot to dose her stepmother with LSD and drive her mad, clearing the way to the daughter's inheritance.

Pretty heavy handed at times, it's got some amusing & fun LSD inspired trippiness to look forward to, give this one a rental if you have the chance.
January 9, 2010
Things I learned from watching this movie:

- If you take LSD, you will put an ant in your pocket and go crazy.
- If you take LSD, you may paint a spiral on your face.
- Taking LSD may also lead to: strange accents, wearing lime green pantsuits, and inexplicable stripping.
- No wedding is complete without an orgy, loads of booze spiked with LSD, and a few motorcycles in the pool.
- Trying to convince your wife to trade partners on your wedding night is likely to result in a fast divorce.

All in all, it was gloriously trippy and absolutely hilarious.
½ January 16, 2014
another acid pic a real cult camp classic
December 26, 2013
Campy 1960s psychedelic freakout involving Lana Turner as retiring actress running afoul of her rich kid stepdaughter who is plotting to kill her with LSD. Laughably "hip" dialogue, ridiculous drug sequences, and weirdly out of place soft focus for Lana Turner are highlights of this campy film.
Super Reviewer
January 9, 2010
"The Big Cube" is a hoot. Yes, a hoot. I don't often describe something as a hoot, but this film is definitely flush with hootiness.

The title refers to the popular mode of taking LSD, but "The Big Cube" is really an old-fashioned soap opera at heart.

Lana Turner (older, but still beautiful) stars as a famous stage actress who's retiring to enjoy the good life with a new husband. Tensions build between Turner and the husband's daughter Lisa (newcomer Karis Mossberg, who apparently never acted again after this film). Mossberg's resemblance to the young Turner is mentioned in the plot, and this is probably the only reason she was cast, considering she has a heavy European accent which everyone else conveniently pretends doesn't exist.

Lisa becomes smitten with a handsome medical student (named Johnny, inevitably), but what she doesn't know is that he only wants her for her wealth and that he has been bounced out of school for dealing LSD. Then Lisa's father dies in a boating accident, and Turner inherits control of his fortune -- and Lisa's trust fund. That's when Johnny cooks up a plan to secretly dose the stepmother with LSD, so she will be ruled mentally incompetent. And the fun begins.

The acid trips are illustrated reasonably well with the usual kaleidoscopic lights and hallucinatory flashes, and Turner doesn't embarrass herself too badly (sorry, no horrible lines worth enshrining). But the contrast between the wanton scenes among Johnny's hippie friends and the sequences in Turner's glamorous world -- persistently shot with wrinkle-hiding soft focus -- is a laugh.

The one ingredient the film lacks is an appearance from a legitimate psychedelic band for historical interest. Tsk tsk. It does bless us with a bit of topless nudity, though. Don't worry, it's not Turner.
½ April 14, 2013
Lana Turner on acid. Oh, Lana, what were you on to take this role?
April 13, 2013
Wonderful kinda awful. Groovy GASLIGHT. Moral: Never quit the theatre...especially if you're a movie star!
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
May 1, 2011
Bad movie lovers rejoice. Craptastic mess from that unfortunate time period when the studios were trying to connect with a youth audience that just wasn't there. Poor Lana and her terrible two tone hair are stuck in this tripe with nowhere to hide. Her costarring with Dan O'Herlihy reminds the viewer that they were in Imitation of Life together and makes you wonder why you're not watching that instead! The rest of the acting is of the seriously wooden variety and the direction inept.
August 9, 2011
inept moviemaking ridiculous story and stilted acting however some fun to watch
August 8, 2011
Fun trash, the '60s acid version of "Reefer Madness."
January 25, 2010
Whacked-out B-movie is an odd mash-up of old-fashioned melodrama and 60s psychedelia, made into a camp classic by its limited understanding of both. A past-her-prime Lana Turner stars with a cast of young hams in this cheesy, over the top spectacle. Though it does go on a bit too long, it's solid entertainment for cult movie fans.
January 18, 2010
A fairly melodramatic exploration of 60's culture that sees a step-daughter falling under the spell of her opportunistic hippie lover. Together they plot to dose her stepmother with LSD and drive her mad, clearing the way to the daughter's inheritance.

Pretty heavy handed at times, it's got some amusing & fun LSD inspired trippiness to look forward to, give this one a rental if you have the chance.
½ January 16, 2010
Firmly in the so bad its good category - hippy/acidnik-sploitation. Plenty of bad ersatz fauvism and other art too. Cheesy in the extreme.
January 9, 2010
Things I learned from watching this movie:

- If you take LSD, you will put an ant in your pocket and go crazy.
- If you take LSD, you may paint a spiral on your face.
- Taking LSD may also lead to: strange accents, wearing lime green pantsuits, and inexplicable stripping.
- No wedding is complete without an orgy, loads of booze spiked with LSD, and a few motorcycles in the pool.
- Trying to convince your wife to trade partners on your wedding night is likely to result in a fast divorce.

All in all, it was gloriously trippy and absolutely hilarious.
½ February 5, 2009
Lana Turner on acid. It had so much promise...
½ November 17, 2008
Lana Turner on acid... Faaaabulous! Remind me next time a friend has amnesia, I'll write a play for them to perform in front of an audience about their traumatic experiences. Clears it right up, apparently.
April 10, 2008
Ice Cube is accumulating quite a massive list of crappy movies. His mother should be proud of the man who once penned something about "[his] getting [his] sawed off so that motherfrenchies could get hauled off." What a poop blade!
½ February 13, 2008
"This is a Pop Art world, baby!" I really hate when people describe something as being "(fill in the blank) on acid," but this bizarre 1969 cult item from a Chilean director-for-hire named Tito Davison really is "Gaslight on acid." Lana Turner stars a recently widowed -- and now very rich -- actress whose stepdaughter and her evil boyfriend are driving crazy by secretly injecting her meds with LSD. They play weird tape recordings and keep telling her she's left the gas on. They also try to throw her off a cliff. Like Skidoo, it's a ridiculous attempt by a major studio (Warner Bros.) to cash in on the already souring 60's counterculture, so the whole thing is filled with pseudo-psychedelia, acid rock, nudity, body paint and, of course, acid. It's kind of awful but a lot of fun, and I do dig that theme song, "Lean on Me." It's the most.
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