Posted in movies | music on August 28, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Head

The Monkees made their motion picture debut in the 1968 film, Head, which took the TV pop icons into seriously whacked-out psychedelic territory, courtesy screenwriter Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) and threw their teenybopper rep into the fire. A parody of the entertainment industry and anything else they could think of, Head was a flop, but has grown in status over the last 44 years. It holds up quite well.

The Bell House will hold a screening of the cult classic on Thursday, September 20 with a post-show discussion featuring veteran rock journalist Kurt Loder, author/podcaster Julie Klausner, Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz. Tickets are on sale now.

If you can't make it to this screening, a newly-restored print of Head was included with the Criterion Collection's America Lost and Found: The BBS Story box set that compiles the films of BBS Productions that includes such late-'60s/early-'70s classics as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show and more. If you just want the individual movie, you have to still settle for the 1998 pan-n-scan Rhino DVD.

Trailer for Head is below.

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'Head' trailer

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Comments (20)

Goodness, it's been a while. I'm sure it's no worse than "Community"...

Posted by Craig | August 28, 2012 7:39 PM

This movie is crazy. Just fucking strange. And the fact that they show, repeatedly, the clip of that Viet Cong dude getting shot in the head and the blood fountaining out is just disturbing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 8:20 PM

THE iPODS—DIVERSITY FROM TRACK TO TRACK

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 8:29 PM

love it.. the whole film is on youtube. too bad i cant post a link.. Animal Collective take note boys.

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 8:52 PM

This film is trippy. Frank Zappa even has a cameo!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 9:12 PM

my grandmother told me she once gave head to several monkees

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 10:06 PM

Monkees is the craziest people!

Posted by Anonymous | August 28, 2012 10:35 PM

How awesome is that poster? Head! Help!

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 12:20 AM

Excellent Monkees movie proving they were more complicated than the pop band they were perceived to be. Thanks to Nesmith who tried to break them out of that mold legally.

Michael Nesmith also created Elephant Parts and co produced the great movie Repo Man.

"Enerf's enerf!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 1:45 AM

Merci pour ce super blog.

Posted by essaycastle.co.uk | August 29, 2012 2:52 AM

The Rhino DVD isn't "pan-n-scan" it's open matte. You get to see a lot of cool stuff you aren't supposed to and though secondary to the original theatrical presentation, it's a disc no fan of the film should be without.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 7:31 AM

The impact of the movie Head on the image/career of the Monkees is represented in the first scene of the film...they commit suicide.

I will not be attending the showing of the film.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 9:51 AM

I'll take "Head" from The Monkeys but only if they give it to me amirite

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 10:35 AM

Ça plane pour moi

Posted by PB | August 29, 2012 10:36 AM

Looks like this had a big influence on some of the more avant-garde comedy of today like "Comedy Bang Bang" and "Tim & Eric".

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 11:05 AM

WHat this movie asbout?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 1:29 PM

Jack Nicholson's druggiest movie ever.

the Monkees do not commit suicide at any point in the film--in the first scene, they jump off a bridge, but in the water, they turn into porpoises to "The Porpoise Song." that's when it starts to get druggy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2012 6:44 PM

loder?? I'M THERE!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2012 11:36 AM

I'll take "Head" from The Monkeys but only if they give it to me amirite

Posted by mubawab | September 1, 2012 4:43 PM

monkeys rule.

Posted by jordon | July 23, 2013 12:47 PM

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