Guest Column: Three Movies You Need To See By Culted’s Michael Klassen

Sex, drugs, toads…check out these movie recommendations

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After Dustin Boltjes of Skeletonwitch contributed a column on must-see horror flicks, we decided to open the topic up to the members of other bands. Why? Well, in addition to music and literature, we’re huge movie buffs and feel maybe your life could benefit from a big screen broadening.

So here for you now is a new column from Michael Klassen from Culted.

Altered States
This movie tripped me out when I first saw it about 15 years ago. It’s a hallucinatory, sci-fi horror film starring William Hurt as a scientist obsessed with exploring the various levels of human consciousness. He does that by enclosing himself in a sensory-deprivation chamber and taking hallucinogenic drugs — hell yeah!

Also, the soundtrack is phenomenal. Interestingly, the front cover of Godflesh’s Streetcleaner album is a still picture taken from a “trip” sequence in it.

Videodrome
David Cronenberg’s explorations of hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions. Cronenberg’s concerns about the nature of reality in the video age back in ’83 are as relevant today, if not more so, with amazing make up and effects by Rick Baker (“American Werewolf in London”). Long live the new flesh!

Holy Mountain
Jodorowsky explores sex, drugs, and spiritual awakening in “Holy Mountain,” his follow-up to the more well know “El Topo,” where Dali-esque landscapes meet anti-religious caricatures in a kaleidoscopic acid-test of a film. This is magic.

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