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Hippie horror movie ‘Head’: The Monkees go to Hell (sort of)
12.07.2012
01:52 pm

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Head is a no-budget, atmospheric, hippie horror flick directed by Robert Altman protégé  Alan Rudolph (Choose Me, Trouble In Mind). It tells the blood-curdling tale of a longhaired, dope-smoking rock band that gets involved with occult forces in the desert of Southern California. This is the dark-side of the other Head, the silly one starring The Monkees. This is what might have happened had the Monkees gone to Joshua Tree instead of a Hollywood backlot and eaten 14 pounds of peyote followed by Jimson weed smoothies.

While there’s nothing really scary in Head, it does build up an eerie sense of dread and manages to capture the vibe of the Aquarian Age in demise - when the flower children started turning to seed. While watching the movie, it’s hard not to think of Spahn Ranch and Manson’s family of hippie psychos.

It has a suitably creepy electronic score by Harold Budd who would later make a name for himself in the avant-garde music world.

Originally titled Head, the distributors changed the title to Premonition and later to Impure so as not to be confused with the Monkees’ film. I like the confusion.

Turn up the quality to 360dp and the visuals are pretty good. Audio is very good.
 

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The Electric Cinema Acid Test: The trippiest movies ever made


 
Flavorwire crafted this video montage of some of the trippiest movies ever made:

Films (in order of appearance): The Trip (1967, Roger Corman), Head (1968, Bob Rafelson), Glaze of Cathexis (1990, Stan Brakhage), Allegro Non Troppo (1976, Bruno Bozzetto), Natural Born Killers (1994, Oliver Stone), Fantasia (1940, Armstrong, Algar, et. al), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick), Viva La Muerte (1971, Fernando Arrabal), The Holy Mountain (1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky), Performance (1970, Donald Cammell and Nicholas Roeg), Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg), Dark City (1998, Alex Proyas), Belle De Jour (1967, Luis Buñuel), Eraserhead (1977, David Lynch), El Topo (1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky), Tetsouro, the Iron Man (1989, Shin’ya Tsukamoto), Inland Empire (2006, David Lynch), Dead Alive (1992, Peter Jackson), Waking Life (2001, Richard Linklater), Anchorman (2004, Adam McKay), Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch), Un Chien Andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel), Requiem for a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky), Lost Highway (1997, David Lynch), Pi (1998, Darren Aronofsky), Easy Rider (1969, Dennis Hopper), The Big Lebowski (1998, Joel Coen), Naked Lunch (1991, David Cronenberg), Skidoo (1968, Otto Preminger), Being John Malkovich (1999, Spike Jonze).

What no Sweet Movie? (Runs away).
 

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Saturday Morning Bliss: Porpoise Song by The Monkees
04.03.2010
11:06 am

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Sublime!

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