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  • The film opens with a nasty scene: a young boy uses his toy car to blow up two men and a blowgun to murder a third. This killer kid is none other than Rex Miller who professes to want to grow up to become a secret agent. And indeed he grows up to be Guy Madison, a spaghetti western star who has the distinction of being in two of the strangest spy flicks of the era; this one and The Devil's Man (67). Here, Madison, as Rex, is a secret agent working for an undisclosed country when a bizarre plot is uncovered to take over the world by dosing important `nerve centers' with potent LSD.

    The film postures itself as being anti-drug of course. The LSD trips represented are only somewhat hallucinatory using minor tricks of lighting or superimposition to portray the wild effects of the drug. There isn't much imagination (or money) spent on convincing us of the horrors of LSD so these sequences are unfortunately rather dull and repetitive which in turn makes the drug seem like a boring way to amuse oneself.

    The best line in the film is spoken by the villain, Mister X, as he describes his international crime syndicate: `We're a secret organization with a strange name: ECHO.' Finally, the film boasts an excellent sound track by Egisto Macchi. There's plenty of catchy tunes and thrilling motifs for spy music fans that easily outclass the visuals.
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    ECHO and Mr. X want to take over the world with LSD. LSD is back, people. It's bad!

    To get to that part of the story, we have to go back to when our hero, Rex Miller (Guy Madison, TV's Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok) used a toy car and a blow gun to kill two adult men in front of a little girl. Normally, that would send you to some kind of juvenille faciity but Rex ended up becoming a spy.

    Before you can say Merry Pranksters, army regiments are getting dosed, which means they start praying, hugging one another and throwing down their weapons. Something has to be done about this if we want to fight the Red Menace!

    Mr. X's goal is to stop dividing people and to create a Utopia. So, you know, he's the bad guy.

    This is the first Massimo Mida movie I watched. It wasn't all that great, except for the insane moments that just burst out of nowhere, like a man being burned alive in front of your eyes. Then, after thinking the movie will be good, fight scenes happen without seeing any of the punches and numerous people just stand around. Honestly, the fight scene at an hour and three minutes in is one of the most ineptly shot things I've ever seen, which makes me want to watch this movie all over again.
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    "LSD" is perfectly titled - it's not only about LSD, but it also makes you wonder if its creators were taking some LSD while making it. It's not very coherent, or competent for that matter (the LSD sequences are overlong and ineffectual), but it IS fun to watch, maybe because it goes a bit off the beaten path (as the nonsensical but pretty awesome on its own opening scene quickly indicates). Of course it still has the curvy women, the seaside locales, the outrageous gadgets, the fast cars, etc. that you expect from the genre. Franca Polesello, with her beautiful figure and cat-like eyes, must be one of the most underrated 1960s spy girls, and deserves to be better-known. ** out of 4.