With The Trip, Roger Corman delves deep inside the mind of the artist. TV
commercial director Paul Groves (Peter Fonda, The Wild Angels), with both
his personal and professional life in crisis due to a crumbling marriage and
stagnating career, begins to experiment with LSD to free himself artistically.
Paul’s trip provides the viewer with psychedelic and hallucinatory moments
worthy of Fellini, as an onslaught of strange, beautiful and terrifying images
flood Paul’s subconscious and leads to a revelatory denouement.
Featured in The Trip are Bruce Dern (co-star of the Corman directed The
Wild Angels) as John, the self-proclaimed LSD guru who sends Paul on his
trip; Susan Strasberg (Psych-Out) as Paul’s estranged wife; and Dennis
Hopper (Chattahoochee) as a drug-culture everyman.
The Trip, written for the screen by Jack Nicholson (Psych-Out, Ironweed)
would be one of several collaborations with mentor Roger Corman including
The Little Shop of Horrors, The Raven and The Terror.