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A dude has a crazy bad acid trip at a screening of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey

09.13.2010

The first time I saw Stanley Kubrick's indescribably trippy and appropriately titled 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, I couldn't help but think the experience might be enhanced through chemically altered perceptions. It turns out that results may vary depending on the user.

This fact was illustrated at a recent screening of the film. You can see some shaky and dark evidence below, but JoBlo reader 'Andrew' dropped us this first-hand account:

I went to see Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in 70mm at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles Friday and during the 'beyond infinite'/star child sequence toward the end a guy in the middle of the auditorium, tripping his balls off no doubt, started yelling at the screen and the audience. Everything from "hide your drugs fat man!" to "Kubrick!".

What began as huge annoyance lead to a dozen men attempting to remove him from the theater for the better part of five minutes. When another patron started throwing punches at him (I was told later that the guy began punching him because the tripped out fellow was assaulting a friend and/or child, though from my seat I couldn't tell what he was specifically doing right before that), they stopped the projection and hauled his ass out of auditorium. He wasn't a small dude and not very gentle during his trip. Apparently it took a few tazers from the cops to subdue the poor guy.

Couldn't help but think... only during 2001. So fair warning: be cautious of the amount of drugs you take before viewing 2001 projected in 70mm at a public screening!

Extra Tidbit: I bet none of that would have happened if HAL just opened the damn pod bay doors. Friggin' HAL, man.
Source: JoBlo.com

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8:14PM on 09/15/2010
This happened to me once, but I was sober...
This happened to me once, but I was sober...
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2:59AM on 09/15/2010

LOL that was pretty funny!

My question is why did it take so long to haul the guy out? Just pick him up like a sack of potatoes and get him outta there! LOL! I've never seen the whole movie before. If it envokes that much fear maybe I should now! LOL!
My question is why did it take so long to haul the guy out? Just pick him up like a sack of potatoes and get him outta there! LOL! I've never seen the whole movie before. If it envokes that much fear maybe I should now! LOL!
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10:21PM on 09/14/2010
7min of this shite=HEADACHE!
7min of this shite=HEADACHE!
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2:23PM on 09/14/2010

to be honest...

... if you're the kind of scumbag that sits with his phone out filming rather than watching the film you deserve to get thrown out too...
... if you're the kind of scumbag that sits with his phone out filming rather than watching the film you deserve to get thrown out too...
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5:53PM on 09/14/2010
what the hell are you talking about?
He obviously started filming because of the dude trippin out, evident by the video starting with the guy screaming and consisting of the guy screaming. Did you see the (theatre) screen in any of that video? I didn't.

The dude's doing a service by filming something like this, anyone else in their right mind would've done the same. But I'm sure you'd be way cooler and just not pay attention to the screaming fat man on acid yelling at a movie.
what the hell are you talking about?
He obviously started filming because of the dude trippin out, evident by the video starting with the guy screaming and consisting of the guy screaming. Did you see the (theatre) screen in any of that video? I didn't.

The dude's doing a service by filming something like this, anyone else in their right mind would've done the same. But I'm sure you'd be way cooler and just not pay attention to the screaming fat man on acid yelling at a movie.
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7:53AM on 09/14/2010

Funny video

But I like how the comments about not doing drugs have got the most thumbs down.
But I like how the comments about not doing drugs have got the most thumbs down.
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5:06AM on 09/14/2010

Another reason to invest in home cinema

Kubricks films should be watched on a big screen but jeez, with douchebags like that around one's better off watching them at home
Kubricks films should be watched on a big screen but jeez, with douchebags like that around one's better off watching them at home
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3:41AM on 09/14/2010

I WAS THERE!!

It was fuckin crazy and hilarious. It was kind of annoying cause they had to stop the film, but it enhanced the fear and paranoia at the end of the movie (right as he sees an older version of himself) -- honestly, it was a nice touch!
It was fuckin crazy and hilarious. It was kind of annoying cause they had to stop the film, but it enhanced the fear and paranoia at the end of the movie (right as he sees an older version of himself) -- honestly, it was a nice touch!
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2:05AM on 09/14/2010
Tripping in a movie theater is weird enough, let alone while watching this movie. I watched Dead Poets Society while tripping and was scared as fuck. And that was on DVD.
Tripping in a movie theater is weird enough, let alone while watching this movie. I watched Dead Poets Society while tripping and was scared as fuck. And that was on DVD.
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12:41AM on 09/14/2010

I'm not gonna lie

Watching 2001 while frying would be insane.
Watching 2001 while frying would be insane.
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2:00AM on 09/14/2010
lame
lame
2:06AM on 09/14/2010
lol "frying"
lol "frying"
2:13AM on 09/14/2010
And, boobs, those feel like... bags of sand?
And, boobs, those feel like... bags of sand?
8:41AM on 09/14/2010
Actually, according to Urban Dictionary, frying is legitimate slang specifically used for tripping on acid.
Actually, according to Urban Dictionary, frying is legitimate slang specifically used for tripping on acid.
11:27PM on 09/13/2010
Poor guy. But hilarious and definitely makes for a memorable screening.
Poor guy. But hilarious and definitely makes for a memorable screening.
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11:06PM on 09/13/2010
"I'm tripping balls"
"I'm tripping balls"
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11:10PM on 09/13/2010
you spelled sucking wrong.
you spelled sucking wrong.
11:06PM on 09/13/2010
cool...
cool...
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11:14PM on 09/13/2010
Then send them stories you've found.
Then send them stories you've found.
11:19PM on 09/13/2010
when did i say i had better stories?
when did i say i had better stories?
11:40PM on 09/13/2010
Well if you're gonna comment about it being a slow news day, then why not help them out?
Well if you're gonna comment about it being a slow news day, then why not help them out?
11:46PM on 09/13/2010
this story was boring, thats all im saying fuckhead.

why isn't this a "Cool Videos" article? it isn't news...
this story was boring, thats all im saying fuckhead.

why isn't this a "Cool Videos" article? it isn't news...
12:40AM on 09/14/2010
Well excuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!
Well excuuuuuuuuuse me, Princess!
12:56AM on 09/14/2010
Don't mind it, hunter. It's menstruating.
Don't mind it, hunter. It's menstruating.
12:59AM on 09/14/2010
I figured as much.
I figured as much.
1:59AM on 09/14/2010
and somehow calling me "it" is important?
are you guys this cool in real life?
and somehow calling me "it" is important?
are you guys this cool in real life?
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10:21PM on 09/13/2010
All they needed to do was give him something soft and fuzzy and maybe some M&M's.

He wouldn't have said a single word for the rest of the movie.
All they needed to do was give him something soft and fuzzy and maybe some M&M's.

He wouldn't have said a single word for the rest of the movie.
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10:16PM on 09/13/2010
Public tripping: never a good idea.
Public tripping: never a good idea.
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11:13PM on 09/13/2010
Public tripping is tons of fun if you can keep your cool.
Public tripping is tons of fun if you can keep your cool.
10:16PM on 09/13/2010

They should have screening at Nursing Homes

Kennedy! Armstrong! Lucy!!!
Kennedy! Armstrong! Lucy!!!
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9:25PM on 09/13/2010
Man, that dude was tripping balls! Thanks for sharing.
Man, that dude was tripping balls! Thanks for sharing.
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9:15PM on 09/13/2010
Or don't do drugs at all. Oh, and let me just say, the guy holding the videocam was such an a-hole. He was laughing when it wasn't even funny.
Or don't do drugs at all. Oh, and let me just say, the guy holding the videocam was such an a-hole. He was laughing when it wasn't even funny.
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8:35AM on 09/14/2010
Someone tripping balls is always funny.
Someone tripping balls is always funny.
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8:46PM on 09/13/2010
And THAT'S why i don't do drugs...
And THAT'S why i don't do drugs...
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