5 Trippiest Movie Dream Sequences

Remember the last dream you had? How confusing and vivid and probably unpleasant it was? While they probably don’t make for great conversation, when put to film, dreams can help a film’s narrative develop in unexpected ways. On the other hand, it can just be weird as balls and make you feel like you’re on multiple substances. Here are five of the absolute trippiest dream sequences ever put on film.


Okay, let’s start off with a classic children’s tale, a tale of OH GOD, why the hell would you put this in a kids’ film?! I mean, this is one of the more terrifying entries on this list, and it’s freaking Dumbo. Those nightmares I had growing up about elephant people make so much more sense now.

The Cell

Welp, I lied. This one is the worst. While The Cell isn’t a kids’ movie, holy cripes is this scene ever enough to send you straight into the fetal position. Does there have to be such vivid sound design? And why is it so organized, like Satan’s science fair project or something?!


Noooooope. Nope. Nope. Trainspotting is an amazing tale about the dangers of drug addiction, and if the rest of the movie doesn’t convince you to just say no, look no further than this demonic, ceiling-crawling baby. I’m now permanently sober.

Beavis & Butt-Head Do America

Beavis & Butt-Head was a culmination of all of the biggest fears of parents in the ’90s, between all the loud music and violence and profanity these whippersnappers seemed to love. That, in turn, culminated in 1996’s Beavis & Butt-Head Do America, in which Beavis trips off of some psychedelic desert cactus and imagines this nightmarishly rockin’ White Zombie video.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

For as much as people talk about It being the impetus of the seemingly worldwide fear of clowns, not nearly as much credit (blame?) gets thrown to our old pals Tim Burton and Paul Reubens. Never mind the horrific clowns, this one also gets a double-whammy for inspiring a very real fear of doctors too. This is, surprisingly, the most terrifying thing put on film by Tim Burton.

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