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Gilbert de Quincey is an early 19th-century adventurer involved with helping runaway slave girls and victims of a tong war in San Francisco. Garbed in black from head to toe, de Quincey narrates his adventures. At the slave auction where beautiful Oriental girls are displayed in hanging bamboo cages, de Quincey befriends a tiny wisecracking female Oriental dwarf. Written by
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When the dreams of the dark, idle, monstrous phenomenae move forever forward... wild, barbarous, capricious into the great yawning darkness... to be fixed for centuries in secret rooms. De Quincey, the artist ?, De Quincey, the pagan priest, to be worshiped, to be sacrificed. What is a dream and what is reality? Sometimes a man's life can be a nightmare; other times, cannot a nightmare be life? And the voices that I heard, were they the voices of some strange imitation of men in some...
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One of Vincent Price's lesser known movies casts him as an adventurer who discovers that one of the tongs in San Francisco's Chinatown is selling young women into servitude. The really cool scene in "Confessions of an Opium Eater" is Price's opium-induced hallucination; think of it as an early acid trip. The rest of the movie is kind of corny, but the corniness in Price's movies is part of what made them so much fun. Parts of the movie are confusing due to the secret passages in the buildings.
Overall, it's a pretty fun movie. Price's narration definitely adds to the campy feeling. Of course, his best movies were Roger Corman's adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe's works.
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