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August 24, 2016
Not quite sure what I just watched. But it was definitely different. Oh, if you have epilepsy or if you prone to seizures. Probably not a good movie for you. Due to the constant flashing of the screen & several deep strobe effects throughout this film. It's definitely an oldie.
½ June 23, 2016
Everything is groovy...and terrifying.
½ May 27, 2016
Now, let me get something straight with you people reading this 4.5 review of this film. This movie is definitely a B-movie Roger Corman psychsploitation movie from *the* psychedelic year, 1967. Which is to say that technically it's not good by almost any standard now and is in some places hilariously dated (almost every character says "groovy" and uses hippy dippy philosophical language). So why do I nearly give it five stars? Well, *because* it's a 1967 psychsploitation B-movie, and it does almost the best job of that that you really can. Some of the trip scenes look like "soft-focus tinsel, Lite Brite, and secondhand Vincent Price dungeons" in the words of Charles Cassady, and the ending was a studio forced "don't do drugs" PSA, but the film still remains startling and powerful despite these issues. The imagery is memorable and creative at its best, with some astonishing editing that cuts in and out of images at a wild pace. Jack Nicholson wrote the screenplay for this film, as he did with one of my all time favorite films, "Head." The film is unfortunately more tiring and repetitive at times than "Head," which was certainly a much more accomplished masterpiece. While the words in this film are not brilliant and the plot is threadbare (as one should hope with a drug trip movie), it does a perfect job of capturing an era. This is really what it boils down to for me. The movie has a lot of faults if you're a staunch modern critic who wants everything done your way, but looking at it through the lens of just seeing a fun psychedelic B-movie with some stunning visuals from the height of the era, then you're going to walk away happy with the experience. I also give props to the tagline for the film, which may be one of the best of all time: "A Lovely Sort of Death." Why has no one used that for an album title?
Super Reviewer
April 9, 2016
Probably better if watched while under the influence of drugs. Also needs more Dennis Hopper
March 30, 2016
There is an old expression, "you had to be there". Basically it refers to an event or situation that a person would have difficulty in comprehending as a result of as lack of a common point of reference. It is particularly applicable when considering the movie 'The Trip'. Its theatrical release was in 1967, the year of the turning point of the post-WWII generation. This was a time usually remembered for mottos such as "Sex, drugs, and rock and roll", "don't trust anyone over thirty" and "'hell no I won't go, but if you were born after the digital revolution than they are more than likely meaningless. I guess you had to be there. 'The Trip' is the sort of movie that is inexorably entwined with the generation that created it. its star, Peter Fonda was a couple of years away from becoming an iconic symbol of the sixties with his appearance in 'Easy Rider', the first counter-culture film to gain mainstream recognition with a pair of Academy Awards. 'The Trip' is nowhere near the quality of cultural significance of that film but it highly descriptive of the zeitgeist of its generation. The youth were actively rejecting the control and values of their parents. The generation gap was in full effect and campuses were the site of protests against the Vietnam War. This film, as the title clearly notes, is about the predilection for the youth to experiment with drugs, especially those capable of inducing an altered state of consciousness; Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD or simply acid. In the social environment as explored in the movie drugs represented a significantly greater part of the counter-culture than merely getting high. It represented rebellion of the status quo and the rejection of the adult's conceptualization of what the future should hold for their children. There is actually a necessity to this prologue as a precursor for any realistic consideration of the movie.

Paul Groves (Peter Fonda) earns his living as a director of television commercials. . While not artistically satisfying it does make ends meet. Paul is depressed and is in the process of getting a divorce from his wife Sally ((Susan Strasberg), who has a predilection for adultery. Craving a new experience removed from his current circumstances he arranges to take LSD. Not wanting to take the trip on his own he relies on the assistance of an experienced guide, John (Bruce Dern). He goes to the home of his friend, Max (Dennis Hopper) to pick up the drug before going to meet up with John. During his trip Paul the end is around the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. He drips into various nightclubs as well as homes of acquaintances and even strangers. The psychedelic experience brings Paul to consider a number of rather weighty topics such as commercialism during his part as direct TV ads. His mind drifts through the women in his life in the various roles they play. During this time he meets a young woman, Glenn (Salli Sachse), who has an interest in people who are taking LSD curious as to what is driving the growing use of this drug. Previously Paul had expressed his plans to experiment with acid she has been out looking for him that night.

The film was directed by the Grand Master of the 'B' flick, Roger Corman. He is literally made hundreds of films as producer director and writer. He was also a major contributor to the underground film movement that gained stance are influenced during this time period. His informal 'Corman Film School' hello has produced some of the most well-respected and award-winning filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron and Francis Ford Coppola. He taught a generation of actors and directors how to best use their talents and expand their artistry. He also infused in his protégés the importance of remaining on schedule and coming in under budget. This film is an example of that philosophy having been made with an estimated budget of $450,000 engrossing over $10 million of the beginning of 1970. This is an extremely important consideration for filmmakers of this era were searching for different ways to express themselves exploring innovative use of lighting and color. It wanted to film and LSD trip in this movie represented his attempt to do so. Some may be surprised to learn that Jack Nicholson was a screenwriter this movie. In order to prepare for the film Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson took LSD together. Jack Nicholson had previously taken LSD under controlled conditions in university laboratory. Much of his experiences form the foundation of the story. Several aspects of Mr. Nicholson's life found their way into the storyline as he was also getting a divorce and his first wife. Not to be left out Roger Corman also feeling the only way could honestly portray an acid trip was have personally experienced it. Details of the storyline serve only as a scaffold to help define the characters from the audience.

Paul is a man who works for the establishment specifically an advertising agency. His job was to create commercials that would induce people to embrace consumerism by purchasing even more material objects. To use the vernacular of the time Paul sold out to the materialistic establishment turning his back on using his talent for purely artistic expression. By taking an acid trip Paul was hoping to tap into his inner creativity and to expand his consciousness to better appreciate it. Much of the film are a series of thrilling colors and shapes accompanied by bizarre images that encompass a bizarre sights as chased through the woods by men on horses, a blonde young woman in a white dress and a little person offering him a bowl of water. I remember back in the film was released people were debating the meaning of such images and what they could reveal about Paul's inner personality. The soundtrack by 'The American Music Band' reflected the growing trend in psychedelic influences in popular music. The visual effects truly showcased imagination of cinematographer Arch R. Dalzell. Working with Mr. Corman managed to create some sense of what people would expect from an acid trip. He might've identified with the character of Paul to some degree considering that most of Mr. Dalzell's career was as a director of photography various television series including many of the 50s most popular genre, the western as well as a couple of exceptionally popular comedies, 'Mister Ed' and space 'The Addams Family'. The imagery used in this movie was on the vanguard of a trend that would permeate through similar almost the next decade. I had the DVD addition of this movie was rather lackluster with the software color palette and rather bland soundtrack but this was rectified completely with its upgrade to high definition by Olive Films. They have become the go to source for a growing number of cold classics being released on Blu-ray.
April 22, 2015
no need to pack ur bags to go on this 'trip'
March 29, 2014
By the mid 1960's, director and producer Roger Corman moved away from making no-budget horror films from which he had made his name, and wanted to try other genres, from a biker film with The Wild Angels (1966) to a gangster film with The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967). Here, he did a drugs film, from a screenplay by Jack Nicholson, it's weird and hypnotic, but it has dated since the 60's. Paul Groves (Peter Fonda) is a director of TV commercials who is going through a bitter divorce from his wife Sally (Susan Strasberg). To take his mind off this stressful time, he gets some LSD from dealer Max (Dennis Hopper), and with his guide John (Bruce Dern), Paul starts tripping. He is haunted by visions of his estranged wife, and he soon starts to think he's dying. He see's himself in a medieval landscape, being chased and hunted down by riders in black. Back in reality, Paul thinks John has died, and escapes into the night, up Sunset Strip, and into nightclubs, launderettes and even random houses, Paul's trip then goes truly out of hand. Made for a very meagre $100,000, the psychedelic effects on display are brilliant, but it does start to drag after one trip too many. It was good to see Corman move away from horror and onto different things, and this helped get Nicholson the job as screenwriter on The Monkees' mad pop romp Head (1968).
½ March 25, 2014
Semi-Hip Nicholson Written Corman Flick--Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream!!
Super Reviewer
October 27, 2013
This is a very interesting low Budget feature about the effects of LSD. The Trip, directed by Roger Corman with a script by Jack Nicholson is a well acted film that works as a commentary of drug use. The actors in the film to prepare for the film actually took LSD as well as the film's director, Roger Corman. For a low budget film, The Trip is pretty good for what it sets out to do. Considering its topic, this isn't a film for everyone, but to those who enjoy B movies, yo0u may enjoy watching this one. As it is, it's well acted, and it does show the effects of the drug. Eccentric, plainly weird and off the wall, this is among the most bizarre pictures that I have seen in quite some time. However, I quite the film, and the story, though flawed, is fairly good and the film's cast is engaging enough to keep you involved. Like I said, The Trip isn't a film for everyone, but this is mostly for Cult film fans, and even then, it's pretty weird. The film interesting in how it shows us the effects of LSD, and of course that's the centerpiece of the whole movie. Viewers looking for an elaborate, in depth film with a great story will be disappointed. The Trip has a good cast and story, but it never is anything excellent. This was made at the time where everyone was using LSD, so Corman naturally decided to make a film about its effects, it is an accomplished cult film and I've seen my fair share of farfetched films, but The Trip is definitely a prime example of eccentric cinema at its most unhinged.
September 29, 2013
haven't seen the trip yet but seems interesting!
August 10, 2013
A psychedelic, trippy ride to bordom and back. Maybe this movie would appeal if you were actually under the influence of LSD like our subject, but viewed in complete sobriety, it was nothing short of a chore to get to the end of this insomnia cure.
½ April 19, 2013
A fun little 1960s time capsule. Not great, but one of the better films to come out of the Roger Corman filmmaking factory. Can't believe this was written by Jack Nicholson!
February 4, 2013
Don't go for it if u want to watch a Movie,just go in for a Trip...!
Although i'm pretty much thinking about its remake,it'd b fascinating(by me ofcourse :)
½ December 16, 2012
When you're high on Acid, everything is real!
½ December 14, 2012
You'd get just what you'd expect from a 1967 film written by Jack Nicholson, directed by Corman and starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper about an acid troip.

Not great but entertaining enough, great 60's psychedelic feel and look. Still it does portray an lsd experience well enough for it's limitations.
March 7, 2012
As a very under appreciated author, this movie is a very powerful message of love and twisted reality. The experimental film making expresses the experiment of LSD by Peter Fonda.
½ December 16, 2011
Paul Groves, a commercial television director, feels overwhelmed. His wife, Sally, is pressuring him to sign the divorce papers and his job is stressing him out. Out of fear of buckling, and the encouragement of a guru, Paul decides to take Acid as a way to cure himself from the stress. At least that's what he is told. 'The Trip' is an aptly titled film as 95% of it circles around Paul Groves acid trip as his trip goes from psychedelic to frightening to meditative, etc. Directed by Roger Corman and written by Jack Nicholson you pretty much get exactly what is to be expected from a premise such as this. Corman and company plays a lot of cinematic techniques from lens distortion, abrupt camera angels, strange images, abrupt editing, and music to create fun cinematic journey into the hallucinogenic mind of Paul. It's exploitation for sure.. but it's fun and well done. OH, and Dennis Hopper is in it of course...
½ June 24, 2011
acid trip in the 60s, how can i not love it lol
½ June 10, 2011
Pre-Easy Rider, this film is Roger Corman interpreting his LSD experience on film. It's an interesting experience, though not always effective. Yet it delivers exactly what you would expect, and is mercifully short.
½ June 8, 2011
There's a scene in here in which Peter Fonda wanders into someone's house which is very reminiscent of Robert Downey's real life escapade.
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