Way Out

Wow... I'm the first one writing anything on this film on Letterboxd?

So J.J. Murphy, film scholar and author of "Me and You and Memento and Fargo: How Independent Screenplays Work" told me about this film. Mentioned that the film cast real heroin users much like Dusty and Sweets McGee. I had never heard of it. Looked it up and realized that it was directed by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. -- after the sci-fi hits The Blob (1958), 4D Man (1959), Dinosaurus! (1960). Seems like Yeaworth was devoted to the church and served in Presbyterian and non-denominational ministries. So....

At the end of the film, there is an epilogue that is quite fascinating. Seems like all of the cast "found god" a few years before shooting and were sober at theme of shooting. They are early on in their recovery and very proud (as they should be) as they march toward the camera and
almost like a soliloquy, they sing about their struggles and finding the lord. So basically the entire film is religious propaganda.

His first film The Flaming Teenage (which I have yet to see) seems like it is similar in nature.

Anyway, the film has its moments and is more accurate than most drug films because of the collaboration with people with lived experience.

Watched the Something Weird DVD.