The Psychedelic Priest

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synopsis

Originally titled Electric Shades of Grey (the on-screen title of SWV's pristine print), The Psychedelic Priest is a real rarity from the tail end of the hippie movement. According to cinematographer (and unbilled co-director) WILLIAM GREFE, the producer raised the film's budget by promoting trading stamps (!), and the shooting schedule demanded a certain amount of improvisation, because the amount of script that had actually been prepared could have fit nicely on the back of an LSD tab. Yet despite these dubious beginnings, The Psychedelic Priest emerges as an interesting and, at times, disturbing little film which manages to use its exploitation base to air some not so flattering views on religion and faith.