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Psych-Burn1968

  • 3.9
“PSYCH-BURN was what musicians call a contract-breaker. ABC had given us some coin to make a few short films for a TV pilot. LOVE-IN TONITE was to be a psychedelic rock variety show with live performances, skits and whatnot to cash in on the emerging hippie demographic. Even pre-Disney, the network was riddled with a bunch of out-of-touch, pencil-pushing buffoons, so I quickly realized the show would be a disaster. Imagine if MIDNIGHT SPECIAL was produced by Aaron Spelling. Then cast Charles Nelson Reilly as emcee. That would have been a far more lively show than LOVE-IN TONITE. So I decided to deliver the suits a farewell kick-in-the-butt called PSYCH-BURN. The best part was that they presented my film sight unseen at a board meeting about the new Fall Season. I heard some heads rolled over that one.” - J.X. Williams [from the forthcoming documentary THE BIG FOOTNOTE]

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6 members like this review

One of the great things about cinema is the potential for new discovery. It's pop culture archeology...that unmarked reel found in the back of the storeroom. You do a big of digging and names and stories begin to come to the surface.

Case in point: yesterday I had never heard of J.X. Williams. Now, I’m dying to see more from this enigmatic character. “Psych Burn” is a great place to start. This is a three minute visual summary of a bummer trip. It’s like a psychedelic version of “They Live.”

The discovery has been made. Commence the digging.

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One of the great things about cinema is the potential for new discovery. It's pop culture archeology...that unmarked reel found in the back of the storeroom. You do a big of digging and names and stories begin to come to the surface.

Case in point: yesterday I had never heard of J.X. Williams. Now, I’m dying to see more from this enigmatic character. “Psych Burn” is a great place to start. This is a three minute visual summary of a bummer trip. It’s like a psychedelic version of “They Live.”

The discovery has been made. Commence the digging.

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One bad-ass grindhouse acid trip.

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Stone cold groove, baby.

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I think I've watched it ten times, and love it every time, discovering something in it every time I watch it. It might have been a gag film, but they sure knew what would give someone on LSD a horrid trip down the worst of nightmares.

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Definitely a product of 1960s avant-garde.

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too short....real trips last a bit longer. kinda like hippy crack

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Junk!

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I would watch this show.

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Strange. Dug it. The audio manipulation is quite the relic, though. Hard to listen to. Very cool.

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Trippy.

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Loved it! Brought back so many psychedelic memories. The "good" Charles Manson, the Jerry Rubin hero one, would have jerked off to this film obsessively. Very scary cool!

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Fun, but dated.

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Did I read the credits at the end wrong, or was this actually produced by ABC?

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Terrifying

Scarier than most feature length horror movies.

Complete bullshit. Shame on Fandor. Brilliant, but not what it claims to be.

Trippy, nightmarish, and a lot of fun.

Brilliant!

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disturbing

Scopophiliac's delight.

Can you say LSD.

Absurd!!