"Reefer Madness" taken to surrealistic new heights in Sweden,
Every falsehood you learned about smoking dope in school is portrayed (to the extreme) in this film. Even the most cons...展开ervative don't believe anymore that one puff of marijuana will turn you into a raving and maniacal addict. Thats what makes "Heaven and Hell" so entertaining. It takes "Reefer Madness", exaggerate all that legendary film's already inaccurate information, and puts it into such an alien setting (Oslo) that it becomes an surreal experience for my western eyes. The makers of this film obviously knew nothing about their subject; like "Reefer Madness", they wanted to get away with explicit sexuality behind the guise of public warning. Ironically, the only credible information is courtesy of the Dr. Orheim character, a supposed "villain" resembling Timothy Leary.
On the technical side, the film is extremely inept also. The direction is the most aesthetically dull thing since William "One-Shot" Beaudine. The acting doesn't help either. Every performer in the cast is dry and unenthusiastic (all the stereotypes about Norwegian drama are supported here). Not to mention the film contains a sex scene between two of the most physically unattractive people I've seen.
Still, I enjoyed the film a lot for several reasons. In addition to being hilariously inaccurate, the film is very surreal. I've always found this kind of camp to be rather bizarre, because often it seems so distanced from any kind of logic it resembles an alternate universe. Honestly, I've never seen anything quite like this film. When the young couple drop acid at the end, this gets pushed into Ed Wood territory of unintended surrealism. This would be a great release for Mondo Macabro. (7/10)