Reefer Madness * (out of 5) (1936)

Cast: Dorothy Short, Kenneth Craig, Lillian Miles, Dave O'Brien, Thelma White

Directed by Louis J. Gasnier


A high school principal relates to a PTA crowd the tale of the dangers of the evil drug known as marijuana. In his tale, a couple known as Jack and Mae push the weed on unsuspecting high school students . These students exhibit strange behavior, including uncontrollable laughter and severe paranoia. The laughter stops and the paranoia gets worse when one day a girl is almost raped then shot due to a party gone wild.

This notorious film falls into the category of "so bad it's good" for some, but other than a few moments of hyperbole (such as the story of the boy who smoked reefer then killed his family with an axe), this is over an hour of sheer boredom. Everything is as poor as you can imagine, with shamelessly poor acting, uninspiring direction, and a script that reeks more than a truckstop diner bathroom. Easily one of the worst films I've ever seen, and probably ever made. This is filmmaking at it's absolute worst.

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