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This simple black and white quasi-documentary is full of softcore
sex and illicit narcotics, and it is absolutely hilarious.
There is no cast or crew credited here. Alice and Kathy are typical Los Angeles high school teens who are invited to a pool party by the French teacher Frida. At the party, more male teachers take advantage of Kathy while Alice goes for a bath with ooh-la-la Frida.
Well, that did it. Now Alice is a full blown hippie, picking up pot in Sunset Strip gas stations, and hanging out with adults.
Alice recruits virgin Betsy to go to yet another party, where she is raped by a man known as "Animal." Meanwhile, Frida gives Alice a sugar cube soaked in LSD, and Alice trips out. We find out Alice's best friend, Janice, had taken acid and hung herself. The drug was provided by a "known lesbian" named Sheila, and Alice's trip features both women, lots of lights, and cheap film effects. The ominous narration tells us Alice is now a mental vegetable, forever living in the summer of love.
Why the skimpy plot? The film is only sixty minutes. The two main party scenes feature sex scenes that are at least ten minutes long.
Alice's initial trip takes a whopping fifteen minutes of screen time!
The high schoolers here all look twenty four. They are cute and curvy, in the age before implants. The male teachers all look like entertainment reporters, with their slacks hiked up to their nipples.
Blaming the entire LSD market in Los Angeles on a couple of lesbians is hilarious. The film is black and white, so it is difficult to associate with Alice's trippy statement that she can taste colors.
The film ends as quickly as it begins, and I was exhausted. Why am I recommending this? It is hilarious. The film makers tried to make an anti-drug statement, but really had a ready made excuse to show a LOT of sex and nudity. Never have drugs seemed so fun! I always wonder what happened to the casts and crews of these types of films. Middle aged housewives and career women somewhere must cringe whenever someone asks them what they did in 1968. I hope you like narration, there is no dialogue in the entire film. One question: how can Alice narrate some of the scenes when she is a "mental vegetable"?
"Alice in Acidland" is badly shot and badly acted. It is seriously disturbed, boring, and cheap. I also enjoyed watching it more than the Best Picture Oscar winner of that year- "Oliver!" If you like exploitation and anti-drug films, this is your cup of spiked punch. I recommend it.
This is unrated, and contains sexual violence, strong female nudity, strong sexual content, strong drug abuse, drug references, and adult situations.
this movie is very accurate, as every girl i have met that smokes weed instantly becomes a bisexual nymphomaniac. scientific studies have actual proved this many times over. the accuracy is phenomenal (i.e. how the men have sex with their slacks on, which I do as well). the parties look like any other raging party in the 60's where people sit together in a well lit room smoking weed and immediate having sex with everyone as soon as they walk in. i also want to compliment the editor on his jump cuts to build up the tension, very french new wave. i enjoyed the cut about a minute into the film where it cuts from one scene to another in the middle of a sentence but i have to say my favorite cut is during one of the many drawn out sex scenes, it suddenly cuts to a girl lying on the floor with no top, while all the men in the room are ignoring her and the voices over says something like "...lost her virginity." i don't normally rate movies so high, but this movie deserves to be on the top 250!
The first part of this film is extraordinarily inept. It has a voice-over instead of dialogue, and tells the tale of a college girl who smokes marijuana and becomes a crazed lesbian. At the end of the film she drops acid and has a full-colour lesbian fantasy, that inevitably drives her insane. The wild lesbian fantasy is not too badly done, and requires extensive use of the pause button.
The recent revival of Grindhouse-cinema (courtesy of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez) thankfully brought some lost and presumed missing horror and exploitation gems of the late 60's and 70's back in to the spotlights, but inevitably it also helped bringing some awful and righteously forgotten stinkers to the surface. Some brand new DVD-label in my country clearly inspired by the success and oddity value of Something Weird Video even released this "Alice in Acidland" on disc and promoted it as a true highlight of the rancid exploitation era. Well, it isn't really. This is a terrible film, rapidly shot and edited together to further cash in on the huge success of other (and better) contemporary drug-movies like "The Trip" and "Head" and basically the LSD-version of the classic anti-propaganda joke "Reefer Madness". That particular 'documentary' whether government funded or not taught us that Marihuana is responsible for potentially intelligent teenagers to commit adultery, cause hit-and-run accidents, play with guns and even kill themselves. "Alice in Acidland" keeps it all a little sleazier and more easy-going, though. Apparently, all that LSD does is stimulating young and innocent girls to have random sex with strangers; whether guys that nickname themselves Animal or fellow naughty girls. As you can guess, "Alice in Acidland" is merely just an excuse to show a series of gratuitous soft-porn sequences and delirious color-effects. The set-up is similar to the one of "Reefer Madness", with a voice-over narration from a psychiatrist and the poor intoxicated Alice herself. That is kind of weird, since the end of the movie clearly states that the LSD messed up poor Alice beyond repair, so how would she be able to narrate her version? There's absolutely no dialog in the entire film, presumable to save the viewer some really terrible performances, but the ladies are quite luscious and keep the sex footage at least endurable. 55 minutes might seem incredibly short for a long feature film, but believe you me, in the case of "Alice in Acidland" is more than long enough and perhaps even a bit overlong.
Another really great Something Weird Video. Made 1968, Alice in Acidland is part LSD scare film and part psychidelic trip film. It's actually really swell. The first half that shows `Alice' as a naïve girl, who gets invited to a pool party. While there she gets drunk for the first time and then has a bath with the female host of the party. After that first encounter Alice becomes apart of that hip group. She frequents these orgy parties and meets Animal. The orgy scenes and the nudity are really tasteful and very pin-up like. At one party a new girl who wants to be apart of the group takes acid and then is raped by Animal. Alice takes acid afterwards, even though she was totally aware of what happened to her friend. After reflecting on the disturbing event that her friend suffered she trips hard. Much like Wizard of OZ, Alice in Acidland turns from black and white to full psychidelic color. There are a lot of super-imposed images of her friend and a lot of Alice dancing nude with patters and colors projected on her. I found the whole movie to be interesting to watch. The black and white half was shot well for the time and actually looks better than some later films. The tripping scene was very much like an opening sequence for a James Bond movie. It was traditionally psychidelic, not really intense like Psyched by the 4-D Witch. In the end a lesson is supposed to be learned. But who knows, it looked sort of fun.
The college students Alice and Kathy are invited to a pool party by the
lesbian Frieda. Alice gets drunk and uses acid and does not feel well.
Frieda takes a bath with Alice and they have a lesbian relationship.
Alice joins a group of hippies, uses acid and drugs with them and has
sex with every man and woman in orgies.
"Alice in Acidland" is among the worse (if not the worst) films I have ever seen. This boring and annoying film is complete garbage, from the writer and director to the cast and crew. Poorly shot associated to bad acting, and even the naked women are not worthwhile watching since they are fat and flaccid "actresses". The exploitation is ridiculous, with the men wearing shorts while shagging the women. The message is trash, without scientific basis, and only a pretext for a cheap exploitation. My vote is one (awful).
Title (Brazil): "Alice na Terra dos Ácidos" ("Alice in Acidland")
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Alice is a suburban teen who is "led" (although, it is essentially her choice to follow this path) into the world of sex, drugs, and excess, unable to escape this lifestyle which costs her dearly. LSD, as the serious narrator at the beginning informs us, is the ultimate culprit for which Alice falls prey, leading to an unfortunate situation. The film does also feature narration from Alice who talks about her experiences, as she descends into the abyss. Basically "Alice in Acidland" is a skin flick masquerading as a "morality tale", with lots of female flesh to admire and ogle. Most of the film consists of women and men fondling each other and kissing (including some (mild) lesbianism, one scene involving Alice herself) when they get together for sex/drug parties. I believe this film was shot absent sound mic as there is never actual spoken dialogue, just a blues soundtrack and narrative bits here and there. This concludes with a color psychedelic sequence that is all kinds of weird as Alice has one too many acid episodes, resulting in a tragic outcome. I always think about these 60s/70s oddities and imagine there are 60 somethings who have completely forgotten about starring in stuff like "Acid in Acidland", probably too stoned to remember the experience. I look at these movies as time capsules into a time where decadence and sexual liberality were at an all time high, kind of a peering into the embracing of naughty behavior, as rules on morality were changing. This is still before the hardcore sex era in the 70s so the sexual sequences are of a softcore variety, nothing that explicit to report here.
Alice in Acidland: 2/10: Filmed with only narration and a jazz
soundtrack that sounds like a lot of bad smack was involved Alice in
Acidland is your Daddy's porn.
There is no acid per see in the first two thirds of Alice in fact the girls become lesbian potheads with a few drinks of rum. This is basically an old black and white bump and grind shoot. It contains a fairly unattractive cast, pretentious narration, missing characters let alone scenes, mind numbingly boring sex and a plot out of a C-grade Quincy episode.
My favorite scene an unnamed girl in a group shot looks directly into the camera with a true deer in headlight stare gets her direction shouted at her does something for thirty seconds then forgets and stares at the camera again.
Of course 1968 was a long time ago and this was a one-off for most of the cast. So sit back and ask yourself one question. "Honey the second lesbian isn't that Mrs. Peterson from our church?"
In this boring 1960s exploitation/ education flick, a lesbian invites
two girls to an LSD party by the pool, which results in everybody
getting stoned and getting laid.
Flick rails against LSD use and hedonistic sex, but then exploits it as much as possible: most of the girls were a bit heavy and homely during black-and-white (sober) portions of film, but after LSD was taken, film switches to bright, vibrant, vivid colour, and they become hot nymphs, banging guys brains out, the LSD adding a tiny little thrill to their dull grey lives. Until the very end, when the leading lady ends up in a padded cell, in a straightjacket! Film switches to colour during Alice's trip; the black-and-white scenes look like bad home movies of the day, while the colour scenes look like generic '60s LSD-inspired filming of nothing in particular.
No credited cast or crew, was this an attempt to give the film a realistic feel, trying to make the viewer forget that they were watching a movie? Or were they all just too embarrassed to have their names associated with this thing?
Ultimately, the word 'END' appears drawn on a female caricature's ass.
Alice in Acidland (1969)
* 1/2 (out of 4)
How "entertained" you are by this 55-minute nudie will be determined by how badly you need to see nudity. Alice (Sheri Jackson) is taken to a pool party by her friend Frieda and it turns out that this party is being hosted by a lesbian. Not only is a lesbian hosting the party but she's serving up alcohol and weed, all of which are things that our young Alice has never tried. Soon the beautiful teen heads down the dangerous world of sex and drugs. Take out the nudity and ALICE IN ACIDLAND would be just like those exploitation pictures from the 1930s. Films like REEFER MADNESS, SEX MADNESS and THE COCAINE FIENDS are exactly what this movie is going for but of course the biggest difference is that this one here has wall-to-wall nudity. If you're just being released from an unknown country and haven't been able to get access to any sort of nudity then you might be entertained by this thing. All others are going to be bored out of their minds because outside the nudity there's really nothing going on here. Heck, even the nudity itself gets boring after a while even at just 55-minutes. The biggest problem is that there's really no sort of story going on here as we just get random scenes of people doing drugs or making out. The film's "story" is told via narration and this too gets very boring after a while. The title and poster art makes you think that you're getting into something wild but even by 1969 standards this thing is dull. The film's B&W images turn to color for the final ten-minutes but this doesn't add anything.
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