THE HIGH ROAD
5 WEIRD ROAD TRIPS
PUBLISHED 17 MAR 2017
FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
TERRY GILLIAM / 1998
"Buy the ticket, take the ride."
Raoul Duke (Johnny Depp) and Dr Gonzo (Benicio Del Toro) set off on a journey across Las Vegas in a car full of drugs. What starts off as a journalism assignment quickly turns into a drug-induced expedition of self discovery. The pair go on a wacky escapade in a red Chevy through Nevada, experiencing the colourful Las Vegas strip in between manic trips and black outs. The film is hyper and fast paced, with some iconic quotes. It is definitely worth watching, and then watching again.
THE PUFFY CHAIR
JAY DUPLASS / 2005
"This van has some bad ass mojo in it because of the way you went about getting the chair."
Josh (Mark Duplass) finds a chair on eBay that is identical to his dad’s old lazyboy, so he decides to buy it as a birthday present and personally deliver it to him in Atlanta. Josh invites his girlfriend and best friend along with him and the three embark on a journey of learning life lessons, developing and understanding relationships, and chair-finding. The film is full of laugh out loud moments and interesting characters especially Rhett (Rhett Wilkins), the hippy brother who joins the ride.
RUBEN FLEISCHER / 2009
"You can do anything you want to a man, but do not fuck with his Cadillac!"
Ruben Fleischer’s directional debut follows Columbus (Jesse Eisenburg), as he navigates his way through a zombie apocalypse. With the help of some unlikely friends, Columbus travels across America to find a zombie-free haven. This is a fun film to watch and a great and gory adventure for those who do not normally enjoy zombie content. It is an enjoyable journey with awkwardly brilliant characters and great standout comedy. Remember to check the back seat before watching.
VICTOR SALVA / 2001
"You know the part in scary movies when somebody does something really stupid, and everybody hates them for it?. This is it."
Continuing the road trip horror genre, JEEPERS CREEPERS is a horror film about two siblings - Darry (Justin Long) and Trish (Gina Phillips) - who suspect they have seen the aftermath of a murder. The film follows the duo driving to and from the church where they spotted the incident before the kids get too deep into the horrific consequences they feared most. The film plays on classic horror elements, revelling in suspense and creepy music while still injecting elements of comedy. Ultimately, JEEPERS CREEPERS is the dark tale of two kids who landed on the wrong side of the tracks.
ALEX GIBNY & ALISON ELLWOOD / 2011
"On the way back, I was driving across country in a big old nice station waggon with a couple of my buddies, nibbling on cactus. As we were driving along, Kennedy began to be killed."
MAGIC TRIP collates footage from 1964 to construct an insight into a road trip that the filmmakers had with their “Further Bus” which documented the "Merry Pranksters" journey across America while they experiment with psychedelic drugs. The bus itself became a work of art and remained so up until its possibly drug-induced demise. The film uses documentary footage and mixed media to portray the experiences of those on the road trip. This film is visually stunning and also informative about the real hippies of the 1960s. Different from the other films listed, this documentary road trip is both enjoyable and educational, with intense colours and patterns throughout.
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