The cinematic inspiration behind the Reservation Dogs season 2 psychedelic episode

Speaking with Term, director Blackhorse Lowe, along with actors Kirk Fox and Zahn McClarnon, talk about the cinematic inspiration behind Here’s Where the Story Thickens and its psychedelic journey. Low says he hopes the episode will have the same impact as Alejandro Jodorowsky’s work, particularly 1970s El Topo and 1973’s The Holy Mountain.

“Both questions really shook me up when I figured out how to use psychedelics in movies,” the director explained. Notably, both films contain elements parallel to the “Here’s where the plot thickens” parts. For example, the group of cultists that Big and Kenny Boy meet in the forest resemble the cultists encountered by the hero “El Topo”, while Big’s visions and memories during his journey seem to reflect some of the moments from “The Holy Mountain”. (although they are not as surreal or absurd).

According to Fox and McClarnon, Lowe also starred in The Night Before. Although McClarnon calls it a ’70s movie, it’s probably a 1988 movie starring Keanu Reeves.

However, since much of the “Dogs on the Reservation” episode is a classic tale of unlikely buddies, one of whom is a cop, buddy cop movies were also frequently referenced during filming. While Fox says he didn’t really think about those influences, he explained, “Everyone around us was referencing buddy cop movies, whether it was Lethal Weapon or 48 Hours, because there was no denying that what they saw was something they could refer to.”

New episodes of Reservation Dogs air on Wednesdays on Hulu, and with only two parts left in Season 2, fans are sure to be excited to see what else the creative team can do.

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