'Wormwood' Trailer – When The CIA Did LSD And Mind Control Experiments

Not long ago the name Wormwood was very popular in comic shops. Avatar Press has a book out by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows called the Chronicles of Wormwood while IDW was publishing Ben Templesmith's Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse. Today, Netflix has released the first official trailer for their new series Wormwood… and it has nothing to do with either series.


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This Wormwood is from documentary filmmaker Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line) and is based on a true story of the mysterious death of Cold War-era military scientist Frank Olson (Peter Sarsgaard) and his son's efforts to uncover the truth. In 1953, Olson was recruited to be part of a secret biological warfare program cryptically referred to as Project MKUltra where the CIA used LSD and mind control on test subjects.

Netflix describes it as:

Directed by boundary-breaking filmmaker Errol Morris, Wormwood is a six-part series exploring the limits of knowledge about the past and the lengths we'll go in our search for the truth. A twisting, evolving story of one man's sixty-year quest to identify the circumstances of his father's mysterious death. Combining a virtuosic performance by Peter Sarsgaard with Morris' legendary interview style, Wormwood examines this case from every possible angle, bringing the viewer face-to-face with some of the United States' darkest secrets.

The hybrid documentary will debut on December 15th.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.