It's the late 1960's. Just for a lark, graduate student Eddie Jessup, known for being unconventional, brilliant and slightly mad, conducts experiments with an isolation chamber, using himself as the subject. His experiences in the chamber cause him to hallucinate, much of the imagery being religious-based despite he not being a religious man. Seven years later, he is a respected full professor in the Harvard Medical School. Believing he has lost his edge and has fallen into an unwanted state of respectability, Eddie decides to resume his work with sensory deprivation, this time using hallucinogens, specifically untested ones used in mystical Mexican rituals, to enhance the experience of being in the isolation tank. After initial tests, he claims he entered an alternate physical and mental state. Although unbelieving of Eddie's claims, his colleagues Arthur Rosenberg and Mason Parrish, as well as Eddie's wife, Emily, who is in her own right a respected academic, are concerned for ... Written by
When he heard his cry for help it wasn't human
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Did You Know?
The picture was originally in development at the Columbia Pictures studio but when the budget blew-out to US $15 million it went into turnaround, the picture in the end being made at Warner Brothers. See more
The introductory story is set in 1967, but exterior shots of the streets shows a VW Rabbit and a Plymouth Volare, both 1970s cars. See more
Fight it, Eddie. You made it real, you can make it unreal.
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Light My Fire
Written by Robby Krieger
, Jim Morrison
, John Densmore
and Ray Manzarek
Performed by The Doors See more