You have to be in the right mindset to really immerse yourself in a great horror movie. For some, that means turning the lights down low, the volume up high and settling deep into the sofa. Others like to take things a step further, and if you are watching from the comfort of your own home, there’s no driving to worry about, so a few drinks and smokes can be added to the sweet and savory snacks.
As far as the smokes are concerned, you’ll find that “stoner movie” has become almost a film category in its own right. But the other-worldly nature of the horror genre makes it a perennial favorite for those who enjoy legal weed-based products to enhance their movie enjoyment. But what’s on the movie list tonight? Here are some classics from across the decades that will scare and delight stoner movie fans in equal measure.
This silent film was made almost 100 years ago and set the standard for the horror genre. Yes, it is cheesy in places, and that’s part of the reason it’s such a fun movie to watch while stoned. But it also has some genuinely unnerving set pieces and Max Schreck’s character, Count Orlock, is one that is liable creep into your subconscious and revisit you in your dreams. Many classification boards deemed the movie too frightening for public consumption, and in some countries, that ban was only lifted as recently as the 1970s. The movies is available in its entirety on YouTube.
It Conquered the World (1956)
Any 50s Creature Feature is an absolute blast if you are sitting with some buddies getting mellow. We could have gone with Attack of the 50 Foot Woman or Dracula, Frankenstein and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. But this lesser-known Roger Corman creation gets the nod due to the outlandish plot, the outrageous over-acting and the monster, which Frank Zappa memorably described as a “inverted ice cream cone with teeth.”
The Shining (1980)
We’ve all seen Kubrick’s classic, and it has some genuinely creepy moments. However, the whole experience is ramped up to another level when the watcher is in a heightened state of awareness. Those long corridors and the spooky little girls are bad enough, but it’s when the supernatural events escalate with the ghostly partygoers flitting around the rooms in fancy dress costumes that things get really weird.
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Here’s a festive treat that you can enjoy all year round. Anything from Tim Burton’s fevered imagination has something of a surreal vibe to it. But if you watched it as a kid in the 90s, it is well worth revisiting today from an adult perspective in a state of couch lock.
Cartoons are just for kids, right? Wrong. This 2009 animation is about a girl who finds a secret door in her new home that leads into a parallel world that is similar, but off-kilter in surreal and disturbing ways. There is a trippy feel to the whole experience, as well as some quite graphic violence for a movie of this type.