Steve Hutchison reviews 100 amazing horror films from the 1970’s. Each film is analyzed and discussed with a synopsis and a rating. The movies are ranked from best to worst. How many have you seen?
It'll fuck you up!
Considering the ratio of people that will experience psychedelic trips in their lifetime, we don’t get nearly enough horror movies on the subject. So many things can go wrong, pertaining to drugs use, and this genre can leverage several concerns and dangers. Stories about psychedelics and bad trips have infinite cinematographic potential. Bliss handles this beautifully.
The main protagonist, played by an intense version of Dora Madison, starts off with a creative block. The thing is, she paints semi-abstract art. How hard can it be? I don’t know where she got her inspiration for the role, but the woman looks like a genuine junky. She spends the best moments of this film hallucinating and throwing up blood. The withdrawing scenes are just as intense.
So, just what is Dezzy putting up her nose? Did she snort something special or did she take too much of whatever that dude sold her? The script hints, at some point, at a supernatural element that won’t be confirmed until late in the plot. Photography and editing, here, go hand in hand. Bliss is one ugly extended bad trip that fully immerses its audience.