Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 6.5 Beans
et me tell you about it, step by stupid step"
Truer words were never spoken in a more appropriate place. That statement opens both this review and "Hallucination Generation", a drug-hippie movie starring George Montgomery, a man once married to Dinah Shore. A guy who did westerns and war movies in the 40s and 50s. And, if memory serves, lots of commercials for some woodworking products in the 60s. He must have inhaled a lot of Lemon Pledge to turn up in this thing.
The credits on this are a mess, but here goes. Tom Baker plays a character named William Williams (!). He's a young lazy good-for-nothing hanging out in Spain (where this whole movie was filmed). There's a bad dude named Eric (Montgomery, who wears a pair of white sunglasses that must have belonged to Jackie Onassis) who seems to be running, in his wife's words, a "flophouse for beatniks". All the Americans hippies hanging around Spain seem to be staying at Eric's place, and he sure does have the pharmaceuticals for all occasions. But Billy won't take any.
He meets a German girl named Lisa, falls in love and marries her. They have a wedding reception where most people seem to be wearing togas (how do you say "food fight" en espanol?). They rent an apartment, but suddenly mommy in San Francisco cuts off his allowance. They get desperate for money; he slaps his wife around, and suddenly finds himself at Eric's, where he finally dabbles in drugs. Lots of drugs.
Yes, there is an LSD trip in this movie. Yes, it's in color, where the rest of the movie is in black and white (although my tape seems to be almost rust-colored). And, yes, one of the most frightening things in cinematic history is depicted during his trip. It is...GEORGE MONTGOMERY IN BLACKFACE!!! AAAAAAIIIIIYYYYYYEEEE!!! Oh....sorry......scared the hell outta me!
Billy, Eric and the rest of the hippies concoct a master crime to solve everyone's money problems. Billy is coached over and over again to make sure he correctly says "I want all your money" in Spanish. Sure. What if it comes out as "I wash up your Camaro" or "Give me all your lasagna"? Can't have that.
"Hallucination Generation" covers a lot of bad movie ground. Let's see, we've got an LSD trip; third-rate rock and role performances; wife abuse; really, REALLY bad phonetic English spoken by Marianne Kanter, who plays the German wife (I can only understand every third word); some unexpected gore when the robbery goes wrong; a near-homosexual encounter; gay-bashing; an ending where no one lives happily ever after; and a washed-up George Montgomery delivering what has now become one of my favorite all-time bad movie lines:
"This universe is a jawbreaker, a sourball, lemon-flavored, round and hard".
Words to live by, George. Suck on "Hallucination Generation", but don't bite down too hard.
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