Psychedelic film is a film genre characterized by the influence of psychedelia and the experiences of psychedelic drugs. Psychedelic films typically contain visual distortion and experimental narratives, often emphasizing psychedelic imagery. They might reference drugs directly, or merely present a distorted reality resembling the effects of psychedelic drugs. Their experimental narratives often purposefully try to distort the viewers understanding of reality or normality.
Fantasy is defined as “the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable”, and (while controversial) the psychedelic experience expands our consciousness to perceive this impossible/improbable world. While the psychedelic experience is not for everyone, the medium of film can evoke this same feeling.
Each of these films explores a different element of psychedelics, both of which left me better informed about this growing global phenomenon.
In the video below, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite fantasy films that expand consciousness, and visually enlighten. If you enjoyed this video, and would like to see more like this, be sure to subscribe to our channel on YouTube!