Just Say No

Reefer Madness is the shocking dramatization of the deadliest drug in existence. Worse than heroin, worse than crack, worse than cocaine. I’m talking about the sinister silent killer known as MARIJUANA!!! A drug so terrible, it will send you into a fit of uncontrollable laughter. People who smoke reefer are guaranteed to murder their entire family with an axe. It leads to manslaughter, assault, suicide, hallucinations, and an inevitable descent into madness. TELL YOUR CHILDREN!!! No youngster is safe as long as marijuana is out there. It can happen to you… April Fools!

Everything I wrote was a joke, because Reefer Madness is actually one of the worst films ever made. It was released in 1936, so that makes it one of the earliest bad movies too. Reefer Madness was meant to be a morality tale for concerned parents, but it ended up being a campy melodramatic laughing stock. The primitive black & white and unknown cast didn’t help much. Everyone knows the worst marijuana can do is make you silly, relaxed, paranoid, or have the munchies.

The movie practically fills the screen with smoke. Depicting teenagers being given reefer by drug pushers and ending up either killed or imprisoned due to its effects. The movie literally ends with a high school principal pointing at the audience as a warning. Reefer Madness earned a reputation as an exploitation cult classic and early midnight movie. It was even turned into a musical. I’m not personally gonna get high, but I can still appreciate how ridiculous Reefer Madness is.

Reefer Madness

Ralph puffs away

P.S. Being public domain, Iโ€™ve supplied the full movie underneath.

4 thoughts on “Just Say No

  1. This started that whole trend of “educational” films about the dangers of drugs that ran from the 1950’s to about the early 1970’s. Some of them certainly had merit, but others, like Reefer Madness, took the whole thing a little too far and only made their creators look closed minded and not having done enough research to make their case stick.

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