THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST

Terry Merrill, USA, 1971, Arrow Films, Cult

Father John (begins to question his faith after he accidentally ingests some LSD given to him in soda. Amid images of religious motifs, he becomes the Psychedelic Priest! Setting off across America on a journey of self-discovery, he wanders the country and comes across a pretty blonde hippie hitchhiker named Sunny. THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST is a real rarity from the tail end of the hippie movement. According to cinematographer (and unbilled co-director) William Grefé, the producer raised the film's budget by promoting trading stamps, and the shooting schedule demanded a certain amount of improvisation. Yet despite these dubious beginnings, the movie emerges as an interesting and, at times, disturbing film which manages to use its exploitation base to air some not so flattering views on religion and faith.

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Details

  • 80 mins.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1

Formats

  • DCP

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