21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Brattle Theatre Film Notes

Stuff to Blow Your Mind is all about the journey to the edge of human understanding, and there are a number of paths to that terrifyingly awesome precipice. We can get there through science, science-fiction, music, visual art, mythology, meditation and psychotropic substances.

But we can also get there through horror. As a horror fan and your humble Stuff to Blow Your Mind co-host, I particularly love it when a work of horror delivers me into the unknown or unknowable. So here are 21 psychedelic horror films permanently burned into my mind.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.