Dreampunk in Film

DMT trip animation from Enter the Void
From Enter the Void

So far, I’ve been talking about dreampunk as a literary genre, but it most definitely has a presence in film as well. Actually, checking out a few of these movies would be the easiest way to get a feel for the genre to see if you’re a fan.

The Wizard of Oz World on a Wire Altered States Videodrome Brainstorm Dreamscape Return to Oz Brazil Raising Arizona They Live Total Recall Jacob's Ladder Akira Kurosawa's Dreams The City of Lost Children Strange Days Dark City What Dreams May Come Being John Malkovich eXistenZ The Thirteenth Floor The Matrix trilogy The Cell Donnie Darko Vanilla Sky Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Mind Game A Scanner Darkly The Science of Sleep The Number 23 Pan's Labyrinth Paprika Enter the Void The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Franklyn Inception Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Sucker Punch The Zero Theorem The Congress Anomalisa Selfless Your Name Napping Princess The Discovery Get Out Black Mirror: Bandersnatch I Lost My Body Paradise Hills Horse Girl

The Wizard of Oz (1939)


World on a Wire (1973)


Altered States (1980)


Videodrome (1983)


Brainstorm (1983)


Dreamscape (1984)


Return to Oz (1985)


Brazil (1985)


Raising Arizona (1987)


They Live (1988)


Total Recall (1990)


Jacob’s Ladder (1990)


Akira Kurosawa’s Dreams (1990)


The City of Lost Children (1995)


Strange Days (1995)


Dark City (1998)


What Dreams May Come (1998)


Being John Malkovich (1999)


eXistenZ (1999)


The Thirteenth Floor (1999)


The Matrix trilogy (1999–2003)


The Cell (2000)


Donnie Darko (2001)


Vanilla Sky (2001)


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)


Mind Game (2004)


A Scanner Darkly (2006)


The Science of Sleep (2006)


The Number 23 (2007)


Pan’s Labyrinth (2007)


Paprika (2007)


Enter the Void (2009)


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)


Franklyn (2009)


Inception (2010)


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)


Sucker Punch (2011)


The Zero Theorem (2013)


The Congress (2013)


Anomalisa (2015)


Selfless (2015)


Your Name (2016)


Napping Princess (2017)


The Discovery (2017)


Get Out (2017)


Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2019)


I Lost My Body (2019)


Paradise Hills (2019)


Horse Girl (2020)


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