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The Hooked Generation / The Psychedelic Priest (Special Edition) (1968)

Jeremy Slate , John Davis Chandler , Stuart Merrill , William Grefe  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jeremy Slate, John Davis Chandler, John Darrell, Carolyn Hall, Willie Pastrano
  • Directors: Stuart Merrill, William Grefe
  • Writers: William Grefe, Quinn Morrison, Ray Preston, Terry Merrill
  • Producers: Abe Newman, Ronald Sinclair
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Mono, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Something Weird Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006LPDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hooked Generation / The Psychedelic Priest (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Over 23 Minutes of Rare "Hooked Generation" Behind-the-Scenes Footage
  • 10-Minute Promotional Featurette for Grefe's shark-attack shocker, "Mako, Jaws of Death"
  • #60s-Style Psychedelia Trailers for "Acid Dreams," "Hallucination Generation," "The Hard Road," "Have You Ever Been on a Trip?, "The Hippie Revolt" and "Musical Mutiny"
  • Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Radio-Spot Rarities

Editorial Reviews

The whole world's a freakout on one outrageous trip in this Psychoactive Time Capsule of homicide, hypodermics, and hippies-gone-bad!
Three scary specimens of THE HOOKED GENERATION-Daisy, Acid, and Dum Dum-want to be big-time drug dealers, but have the collective IQ of a pack of rolling papers. Still, they decide to score a boatload of narcotics by killing Cuban smugglers, massacring members of the Coast Guard, and making hostages of two do-gooders who stumble on the scene. But when the gang learns that the drugs are too hot to unload, they scurry to the Everglades as the FBI closes in! Sick fun proving once and for all that swamps and syringes just don't mix.

THEN: Father John accidentally drinks a soda spiked with LSD and trips his brains out to become THE PSYCHEDELIC PRIEST. Setting off across America on a journey of self-discovery, he falls in love amidst hippies and heroin until hitting rock bottom on skid row. Originally titled Electric Shades of Grey, this unique dose of acid-fueled nostalgia is almost worth missing Sunday chuch for. Say amen, somebody!

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Acid December 7, 2002
I give "The Hooked Generation" 4 1/2 stars and "the Psychedelic Priest" 3 stars.
"The Hooked Generation" is about a gang of three psychos whose attempt to break into the drug smuggling business using the Cuban Navy as their suppliers gets completely screwed up. Along their way down, they kidnap a young man and his bikini-clad girlfriend, snort up at a cool dance club (with strobe lights), visit an isolated Indian village, and have a showdown in the swamps. There is also a side trip to a hippie commune (played by real hippies, most of them stoned).
The plot is a bit weak (thus it doesn't quite earn 5 stars), but some of the scenes and characters in this film are amongst the most memorable I have ever seen. The best parts all involve a character named "Acid" who is played by this amazingly talented buy who looks and acts like a cross between Radiohead's Thom Yorke and actor Tim Roth in one of his insane villain roles. I'm tempted to describe some of his scenes, but I don't want to spoil them.
I was hoping that "The Psychedelic Priest" would be some wild film about a way-out preacher turning on the masses, but its actually a deadly serious road movie. A young man questions his motives for becoming a priest after he accidentally trips out on LSD, so he heads out on a journey to discover himself and America. He winds up encountering hate, prejudice and personal tragedy as he witnesses the death throes of the hippy movement. Most of the film was amazingly well improvised using non-actors and people met on the road. Sort of like Easy Rider, but more of a downer and with none of the cool tunes.
There are some interesting trailers and the director's commentary for both films is very entertaining, but the only shorts included are an overly long promo for "Mako, Jaws of Death" and uninteresting silent home movie footage from behind-the-scenes during the making of "The Hooked Generation".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
"Something Weird Video" had the right idea when they began to put their finds onto DVD. "The Hooked Generation" and "The Psychedelic Priest" are fun flicks, but if I paid full price for either of them on VHS, I would feel like I shelled a little too much dough for one Psychedelic-Camp movie. Many of SWV's DVD releases not only hand you a double feature, but lots of other fun tidbits that makes me feel like my purchase was a good choice.
"The Hooked Generation" is a boat-chugging, drug-running romp where no-goodniks named Daisey, Dum-Dum, Acid and Charlie are making their first big money dope deal with a boat full of Cuban soldiers, who they decide are trying to rip them off. So....they kill the soldiers, make off with both the money and the drugs, only to be encountered by a boat full of Coast Guards, who they easily outsmart, and also kill. Really, these guys are incompetent drug-runners, yet they can outsmart and out butcher any skilled militia out there!
Which is always the fun of a movie this bad. So many holes in the plot, even for a B-Movie Fest! It gets old after 45 minutes, but some of the psychedelic colors & strobe lights are fun eye candy!
"Psychedelic Priest," originally titled "Electric Shades of Grey," gets old a little faster than "The Hooked Generation" but does have a really good premise. A young priest/schoolteacher catches some of his pupils being truant and smoking weed, and gives them a stern lecture on right and wrong. They issue thanks by giving him a cup full o' Coke while he reads them the riot act. The Coke is spiked with acid, of course, and the trip begins to take when the priest is in the church.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This Something Weird DVD presents a pair of film from independent director-producer William Grefé, including one that was not released for thirty years (but should have been, unlike the other one, which arguably deserved to be buried for three decades). The Grefé film you are most likely to have seen (or at least heard of) would be "Mako: The Jaws of Death" (1976), although "Whiskey Mountain" (1977) rings a bell. He also directed the shark scenes in "Live and Let Die." However, throw "The Godmother" (1973) and "The Wild Rebels" into the mix and you can see that Grefé was into imitative exploitation films, where what you see should remind you of a major motion picture release.

"The Hooked Generation" is the story of a trio of aspiring drug dealers named Daisey (Jeremy Slate), Acid (John Davis Chandler) and Dum-Dum (boxer Willie Pastrano). However, not only do they betray and kill their Cuban connection (Socrates Ballis), they whip out the Coast Guard crew that shows up. However, they find a young couple who have seen what has happened, Mark (Steve Alaimo) and Kelly (Cece Stone). But do these potheads kill them too? No, of course not. You can understand why they do not kill the girl, but continuing to drag both her and her boyfriend around is not exactly a smart move. But in this 1968 film when you see Acid shoot up during a shoot out, that pretty much captures what this film is all about perfectly. The dopers cannot sell any of the drugs they ended up with because they are too hot, so they drag their hostages off to pay an unfriendly visit to the local Seminole tribe and then end up in the swamp for a shoot out with the F.B.I.

This is just a boring moving.
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