21 Amazing Psychedelic Horror Films

Beyond the Black Rainbow (2012)
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Based on my 2012 review of Panos Cosmatos's "Beyond the Black Rainbow," you might think I didn't like it all that much. But two years later, I actually think I'm a bit obsessed with it. Visually, the film is vibrantly psychedelic and the score by Jeremy Schmidt (AKA Sinoia Caves) absolutely transports you. But to where, right? You might criticize the film for being slow and abstract (I did, at the time) but that's also one of its strengths as it places the viewer inside a tantalizing maze of uncertainty, dread and otherworldly wonder. It's kind of becoming one of my favorite movies and I don't know how I feel about that. I implore you to see it. Join Barry. Take the trip and bring back the mother load.

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.