AKIRA (biker gets turned into rampaging psionic blob)
AVALON (game-player searches for the next level)
BIGGER THAN LIFE (James Mason gets hooked on cortisone)
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (it’s raining doughnuts)
EXISTENZ (how to build a gun out of Chinese food)
INNOCENCE: GHOST IN THE SHELL (killer sexbots on the loose)
THE NAKED LUNCH (Cronenberg + Burroughs = mindfuck)
PAPRIKA (thief steals device to enter dreams)
SPIRITED AWAY (wraiths, witches, dragon-boys, a monstrous baby…)
VIDEODROME (James Woods has video cassette slot in his stomach)
These are all films that made me go, “Wow, maaan!” except maybe Bigger Than Life, which made me go, “Whoah!” and which I have to admit I included in a bid to give myself cinematic gravitas. Interesting to note that five of these are animation (four of which are Japanese anime), two are about role-playing computer games, three were directed by David Cronenberg and only two are about taking drugs per se.
But, I hear you asking, what about the stargate sequence from 2001? I didn’t include that because I think it belongs in a different list: the List of Superannuated Hippy Trippy Movies, which would go something like this:
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
THE VALLEY (OBSCURED BY CLOUDS)
Here’s a link to my Trippy Movie Scenes article in the Guardian, 13/11/2009.
Trippy pix (top to bottom): Paprika, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Bigger Than Life, Spirited Away.