21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Dr. Caligari (1989)

I know, I could have probably included the classic 1920 silent film "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," but instead I'm picking Stephen Sayadian's 1989 cult art/sleeze sensation "Dr. Caligari." Warped in the neon palette of the time, the film takes us to a surreal insane asylum where a vamping, hedonistic mad scientist swaps the brain fluids of cannibals and nymphomaniacs. In one of the film's crazier sequences, our heroine makes out with a giant tongue as it lolls from a flesh door. Or something.

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