6. Raoul Duke – Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
“We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-coloured uppers, downers, laughers, screamers… Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls.” The contents of The Red Shark’s boot provide a nice foreshadowing of the trip Fear and Loathing is to be. In Terry Gilliam’s visual imagining of Gonzo journalism, protagonist and narrator Raoul Duke (author Hunter S. Thompson’s fictionalised self) hallucinates everything from bats, to a lizard orgy, to the room enclosing…it’s a lot of hallucination, but aside from drugs, there’s clearly a deeper addiction for Duke. No matter how fucked up, he’s never without his note pad or tape recorder. In one scene, he wakes up in a druggy daze with his microphone duct-taped to his face, wearing a giant lizard tail. Committed.