Reefer Madness, 1936
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Highlighting the shocking news that teenagers are more interesting when they’re high, and featuring as many engaging characters as it does actual facts about marijuana, Reefer Madness became a cult favourite thanks to its unintentionally hilarious depictions of the effects of the drug. The film was originally an exploitation picture, less concerned with stopping kids getting hooked on the drug as it was with making money by promising to show the lurid lives of dope fiend in graphic detail. A promise on which, despite some gratuitous ankle shots, it spectacularly fails to deliver. It does however feature possibly cinema’s only stoned bullet; there’s no other explanation for the trajectory it takes.
A musical parody was produced in 1998.
Director: Louis J. Gasnier
Writers: Lawrence Meade, Arthur Hoerl, Paul Franklin
Stars: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles Reefer Madness'
Trivia: The original title was Tell Your Children, and you absolutely should tell your children to avoid this movie like the plague.
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