Reefer Madness (Tell Your Children) (Doped Youth)
(PG, 1:08:17, Released 2010)
|Genres:||Drama, Classics, Cult Movies|
|Release Date:||Aug 19, 2010|
|DVD Release Date:||Jul 30, 2002|
|Starring:||Kenneth Craig, Joe Forte, Harry Harvey Jr., Warren McCollum, Lillian Miles, Pat Royale, Dorothy Short, Thelma White, Carleton Young, Dave O'Brien|
|Directed by:||Louis J. Gasnier, Louis Gasnier|
|Synopsis:||This unabashed propaganda film (also known by the title Tell Your Children, a dead giveaway) has become a cult classic of comically bad cinema due to its dated, alarmist views on the dangers of "marijuana addiction" and the exaggerated symptoms thereof. After the onscreen prologue that declares "Something must be done to wipe out this ghastly menace," Reefer Madness launches into a case study of clean-cut WASP couple Bill (Kenneth Craig) and Mary (Dorothy Short), high schoolers who play tennis and drink tea on the back porch. Their friend Jimmy (Warren McCollum) introduces them to a pot dealer named Jack (Carleton Young), who invites Bill up to his den of inequity, where stoned ne'er-do-wells laugh fiendishly, dance, and play the piano. After one joint, Bill is hooked, and his life begins to plummet down the tubes -- he starts flunking school and becomes a promiscuous regular in Jack's apartment. When a worried Mary tracks Bill down, she too is given a joint and begins giggling uncontrollably while being aggressively fondled by the bizarre addict Ralph (Dave "Tex" O'Brien). When Bill bursts out of the bedroom to tangle with Ralph, hallucinating and blacking out, Mary is accidentally shot. This prompts a string of guilt and calamitous occurrences, including several more deaths and courtroom sentences to mental institutions, all because of the devil weed. The film ends with the ominous warning, "The dread marijuana may be reaching forth next for your son or daughter...or yours...or YOURS!" ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi|
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March 13, 2013
Dr. Carroll: Yes. I remember. Just a young boy... under the influence of drugs... who killed his entire family with an axe.
"Tell your children!"
I finally broke down and watched Reefer Madness after being told by countless friends and family that it is a hilarious movie to watch high. Hilarious? No. I mean sure, I chuckled a couple of times at the extreme exaggeration with the subject, but it was not all that funny to me. It was more infuriating to me. The film was pure propaganda which was thrown out as the truth to the masses and this film and likeminded thinking lead to the demonization of marijuana.
So basically the plot of this so call movie, is about a group of teenagers who fall under the "addictive" and "dangerous" "drug" called marijuana. Before long they go into fits of uncontrollable laughter as they slowly lose their minds underneath the spell of the all destroying reefer. Then pre-marital sexual activities go on(Oh, my god. Teenagers having sex? Who'd of thought that?), then there's a hit and run while driving high, then there's cheating, lying, and failing. Then ultimately there's murder, and you know what? This could happen in your home. So tell your children.
Since the making of Reefer Madness, the public has become aware of what the government already knew. Marijuana isn't a, quote on quote, "dangerous drug." We can look back at this film and see it for what it really is, propaganda. We can also look back and say that anyone who watched this shit and believed it is a complete moron.
So it's a propaganda film that is terribly made, acted, and scripted. I see why some get a kick out of watching the extreme exaggerations, but for me it is just sick exploitation and a disgusting piece of propaganda.
March 4, 2012
And here it is, the mother of all drug propaganda films produced in the 1930's to scare teenagers and warn their parents about the "dangers" of smoking marijuana. Reefer Madness is legendary schlock. According to this film, once you smoke pot then everything goes downhill and never comes back up again. Everything just ends badly for everyone when they smoke up. Apparently you also laugh maniacally, play the piano really fast, dance like crazy, drive yourself to murder and go completely insane. That's what I got out of it anyway. As a former pot smoker myself, the most I ever wanted to do was kick back on the couch, watch some TV, snack and then sleep. That's it. I can't say that I got a burst of energy from smoking pot. Anyways, enough about me. This is an absolutely insane piece of celluloid, and I love it for that alone. My rating is biased I guess, because I'm rating it based solely on my enjoyment and not necessarily its quality. If you're looking for oddball crazyness, then you need look no further. Reefer Madness is your addiction.
August 16, 2011
Filmmaking isn't just the art form that aspiring directors yearn for, but a means to exclude and brainwash the public. The thirties and forties saw an increase in films with skewed views towards the US government, lack of immoral behavior, and patriotism with our entrance into WWII. Because of the Hays Code, instituted around this time but not fully enforced for several years, many propaganda films were produced, including the infamous Reefer Madness. Nowadays the public has dubbed this as campy comedy, a sad remnant of the paranoia fueled ignorance of the early twentieth century. I was disappointed in viewing this film, as I was expecting some shenanigans and tomfoolery so inconsistent with drug use that it was over the top. The film does have some corny lines and strange scenes, but is very serious in its message of keeping people drug free. Watching the sheer inaccuracy of the subject material, and the supposed research into it just made me increasingly angry, the authority this film held and the lack of objectivity in reviewing the effects of the drug seriously harmed America's education of magician (spelt wrong throughout the film). Not only do characters in this film uncharacteristically laugh in cackles like a maniacal crow, but they murder, lie, commit suicide, and apparently become promiscuous, leading to rape in some cases. There are even links to insanity, deep circles under the reefer user's eyes, a madness on their lips. Neither funny nor medically relevant, this is good for a curious venture but not a serious view.
September 15, 2010
This movie barely has a story, and then there isn't much going on. Plus the quality is bad, so it's hard to watch.
August 25, 2010
Jack: Oh, why don't you button up your lip? You're always squawkin' about something. You've got more static than a radio.
Note: I got to experience this film in the form of watching it with Riff Trax (the guys from Mystery Science Theater 3000).
While this movie is ridiculous, I can still say that it is full of unintentionally hilarious bits, of course made better by the running comedy commentary provided by Riff Trax.
Jimmy: Let's go, Jack. I'm red-hot!
Jack: Better be careful how you drive, or the first thing you know you'll be ice cold.
January 7, 2010
Strange movie which, if I'm not mistaken, is the first (or one of) exploitation film. It's obviously propaganda material designed to scare people, but I thought it was rather funny. Much like the films of Ed Wood though, much of the humor and enjoyment comes from witnessing the gross ineptitude on the part of the filmmakers. This film is terrible, but watchable. The information presented is incorrect, and laughably so-but it made me smile, so the film's not a total waste.
September 30, 2009
It?s just an old propaganda film from 1930's America. Yes they got it wrong, and maybe it?s funny to watch when you?re having a smoke of the green stuff but at the end of the day its actually quite dull to watch with only very fleeting moments of unintentional humour! Students will still have the poster up for many years to come though (Although I bet only half of them have seen it!)
July 7, 2008
Not particularly good--just a piece of poorly executed propaganda that came out coincidentally around the same time that marijuana was made illegal. It's more funny than anything and this movie will probably make you want to make you smoke pot more than scare you from doing it. All funny, nothing else.
November 30, 2007
The fact that a guy kills his entire family with an ax is priceless.
May 9, 2007
The horrors of smoking marijuana. Hysterical if you're sober, and I'll bet it's even funnier if you're high.
August 20, 2010
Better with the RiffTrax. I had seen this back in college online through a moving image archive (http://www.archive.org/details/moviesandfilms). Now I've had the chance to see the colorized version with a running hilarious audio track by the RiffTrax guys. It is an exploitation film, but I had forgotten how much skin the ladies show. The main thing that sticks with you is the fear tactic preaching of Joseph Forte who plays a school principal trying to arouse the audience to stamp out the "soul destroying" "violent narcotic" marijuana. Also the maniacal grins and laughter exhibited by the jittery reefer users (Dave O'Brien giving an unbelievably creepy performance) while puffing various colored marijuana smoke are unintentionally the funniest parts of the movie.
January 3, 2009
Giving this film a high rating or a complimentary review would be very silly. Intended to be a chilling study of marijuana's lethal effects on clean-cut American youths, it is a documentation from a time of misinformation and paranoia. As a result, it is hysterically funny to watch in the context and knowledge of our times. As someone who is opposed to substance abuse, I found this 1930s anti-marijuana film to be thoroughly amusing.
April 22, 2010
I was seriously disappointed. Other than a few spectacular moments of over-the-top highlarious shenanigans, it is mostly just there, lifeless and dull. I was expecting more unintentional comedy that what it has to offer, though I can't but crack up at it as an overall mess.
July 7, 2008
It's as bad as you've heard.
February 24, 2008
Don't do drugs. They mean it!
Anti-drug film told as a horror film.
August 19, 2007
Hilarious movie of ridiculous scare tactics and over the top acting
June 3, 2007
It IS a classic. A bit of a snore but worth it to see the great horror that reefer can do to you.
April 4, 2007
The propaganda in this is hilarious. American pot policy went as far back as when Mexicans were bringing marijuana over the border as they left their homeland to find jobs in America as farm-hands. The immigrants would smoke weed after a lengthy workday in the fields, as a means to relax. Marijuana was outlawed as a control measure to remove Mexican immigrants.
July 22, 2013
A classic piece of shit, I saw this old propaganda film on Nostalgia Critic, and I agree with him when he says this film is so overly propaganda that it's laughable. Although the message of the film is agreeable and good, the affects of marijuana definitely seem overexaggerated. The film's 1930s like behavior and world is just so funny to watch.
The film doesn't have much of a story. Basically a bunch of 30s teenagers who get exposed to drugs by gangsters, get high and then do all of these crazy things like playing the piano really fast and killing your friends. It's hilarious to watch, and I actually find the scenes before everyone gets high funnier because the character of Bill is such a wuss, he refuses to drink soda and tells stories about his mom's cooking. It's an awful propaganda film that is so overexaggerated that it makes things like Cindy Goes to a Party look like a gangster film.
December 16, 2012
This felt less like a movie and more like an hour PSA on the dangers of smoking marijuana. Some of the scenes were priceless in that they were funny, even though it was meant to be dramatic. The entire movie was extreme and the exaggeration of what weed can do to you made this really funny.
September 22, 2011
So bad its funny. Would lose that charm if it wasn't so short. Luckily the film doesn't waste your time and gets right to the point: if you smoke pot...you will go have insane and people will DIE!
February 8, 2011
Supports the main reason that pot-heads have a point. maybe it should be legalized... kinda of funny how something with the intent of distancing the populous from a drug is now a catalyst in the legalization of it
May 31, 2010
Not to be taken seriously. I admit, with cannibis, it is amusing... but to really educate yourself see GRASS by Woodie Harrelson
May 7, 2009
It gets such a high ranking from me because it was made by the government... they actually believed this!!! If you get a chance to se the musical its a must.... but go wasted :)
April 5, 2009
Even as a propaganda piece, wished there was more entertainment value to match the great title...got bored and couldn't make it through the whole thing