7 Scariest Made-Up Movie Drugs
In honor of Steven Soderbergh's 'Side Effects,' Celebuzz looks at the weirdest, wildest and most dangerous controlled substances created for a film.
Steven Soderbergh reteamed with his Contagion crew for the thriller Side Effects, which follows a doctor whose prescription of anti-anxiety medication proves to have tragic consequences.
A serious dramatic thriller that launches a debate about the ubiquitousness and so-called normalcy of incorporating prescription drugs into our everyday lives, Side Effects is the latest, but certainly not the only film featuring a drug that has some, well, alarming side effects.
Admittedly, a handful of these serve as plot devices, while others offered filmmakers an opportunity to fill their projects with cool visual flourishes or even approximate a trip-out on the silver screen.
But regardless of their cinematic purpose, these are smart, pseudo-insane psychogenics -- intriguing enough, in fact, that we wouldn’t mind sampling one or two were it not for all those potentially fatal side effects.