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Scary Stoner Horror Movies to Watch This Halloween

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It is that time of year again, boys and ghouls! Getting into the Halloween spirit doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go out. If your version of Halloween is a night in, periodically answering the door with a bowl of candy to swarms of young children, you may as well enjoy yourself with a playlist of your favorite scary movies to watch stoned.

There are so many horror flicks with stereotypes about cannabis culture, from the guy who is high and doesn’t notice the menacing figure looming in the window behind him to the couple who went down to a dock on the lake to toke and become a horror movie trope.

Check out: “Why Do Stoners Always Die In Horror Movies.”

Some of the stereotypes are kind of funny, while others could not be further from the truth about an average person who uses cannabis. Wouldn’t it be nice if more stoners were the heroes in horror movies instead of the presumed victims? Sometimes, they are.

Top Ten Scary Stoner Movies to Watch High

A Sativa could make a protagonist hyperalert and reactive. Heck, it might even make them run faster. But a character smoking a heavy Indica, well, that might be game over in any typical horror movie.

Depending on the strain you choose for Halloween evening, you may find yourself noticing different things in a movie you may have seen before. What is interesting is that some Sativa strains can spark an energy burst but also creative thinking and heightened observation.

Psychedelic strains may not be the best choice for scary movie night, however. Our team at DocMJ discussed some of their favorite horror movies that have strong cannabis themes, as well as other films that may be too trippy to watch… alone.

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1. The Cabin In The Woods (2012)

A very young Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Bradley Whitford, and others star in this mind-bending horror movie. A group of college friends rent a remote forest cabin for an off-grid weekend.

At the beginning of the movie, “Marty the Stoner” rolls in his beat-up orange Volvo. Smoke billows out when he opens the window and shows off what might be one of the most clever incognito bongs in cinematic history. Two survivors engage in “puff puff pass” at the unexpected climax and end of the science fiction, comedy, and horror movie.

The Cabin in the Woods can’t be categorized as a conventional stoner horror movie. But there are enough scenes that provide an homage to cannabis culture to appreciate. The science fiction effects are a visual masterpiece, and the bizarre twists make it popular even today with horror fans.

The screenplay for the movie was written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Drew Goddard in three days. The Cabin in the Woods premiered at the Butt-Numb-A-Thon film festival in Austin, Texas, in 2011 and was released on April 12, 2012, grossing $66 million worldwide—one of the more successful horror movies, with a budget of approximately $30 million.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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2. Star Leaf (2015)

Everyone wants to protect their stash, including vicious extraterrestrial beings. This movie has all the cannabis culture tropes, from the bearded hippie toker to the enthusiasts looking for a rare strain cultivar.

The premise sounds comical, but Star Leaf is a combination of cannabis appreciation and terror. When someone says, “Don’t touch the plants’ or take clippings, you should probably listen. This movie is a surprising adrenaline rush with some startling scenes. The central star is the alien cannabis strain.

This may be one of the top scary stoner horror movies to watch this Halloween.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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3. Hansel and Grettle Get Baked (2013)

Who’s afraid of Lara Flynn Boyle? You may be after you see her portrayal of an evil witch who uses her proprietary strain to lure in young people. In this interesting twist on the Grimm fairytale, one man goes missing as he heads to find more of a special strain called “Black Forest.”

You might expect a cannabis-themed horror movie to have some lighter moments of comedy. But when Michael Welch (Hansel) goes missing, his sister Grettle heads to the house of some “little old lady in Pasadena” to buy some more. What happens next is macabre.

Many people have not seen this movie because it wasn’t released in mainstream theaters. The film “Hansel and Grettle Get Baked” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. If you are looking for a great scary movie to watch with friends, this is it.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

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4. Hood of Horror (2006)

Oh, look, it’s Snoop Dogg! This movie gets an automatic five stars. A viewer warning is advised because this trilogy of short horror movies is violent. It was written by Jonathan McHugh, Tim Sullivan, Jacob Hair, and Chris Kobin.

Three stories set in the same inner-city neighborhood are narrated by Snoop Dogg, whose character is a former gang member turned ghostly spirit. Snoop (HOH) plays the role of a grim reaper character, deciding the fate of those who die in the films and where they will be sent in the afterlife.

It is a little dark and definitely not your average horror film, but with cameos from Danny Trejo, Jason Alexander, and Snoop Dogg, it’s worth adding to your must-see cannabis scary movie list.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐

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5. Halloweed (2016)

Based on the movie title, you can surmise that there is a heck of a lot of cannabis in this movie. It is also hilarious at times, with some great “high” dialogue. With a serial killer father, Trend Modine, and his stepbrother Joey move to a small town for a fresh start.

The small town of Mooseheart is also known for having incredibly good weed, and an urban legend of the “Candy Corn Killer” is something they investigate, as they are framed for a string of deaths that started immediately after they arrived.

This was the first movie to spoof one of the most favorite horror classics, “Halloween.” The mood is fairly light throughout the movie, even though there is a small-town killing spree to resolve.

Scare Rating: ⭐

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6. Evil Bong III: The Wrath of Bong (2011)

A meteor falls to earth and looks peculiarly like a Fruity Pebbles breakfast bar. What is inside the space rock is the most fearsome alien, in the shape of an oversized bong. Naturally, the protagonists dub it the “Space Bong,” Bad things happen when they take a hit from it.

Would you use a bong that looked like an ancient demon? Probably not. Among cannabis horror films, this one may take first place for being campy and predictable but also really funny.

The movie is meant to be a comedy horror, but it’s not very scary. Side effects from watching this movie may include uncontrollable giggles (depending on the strain you are using). It is the ultimate stoners in a race to save the world from the Evil Bong.

Scare Rating: ⭐

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7. The Coed and The Zombie Stoner (2014)

It’s campy and cheesy, but then again, some of the best horror movies are B (or even C) rated. This one is no different. The Coed and The Zombie Stoner puts a nerdy sorority girl with a cannabis-loving classmate, who turns into a zombie.

As the story unfolds, Chrissy discovers that the only thing that can save her classmates, the college, and the entire planet is cannabis. She must smoke everyone out to stop the zombie apocalypse. A creative spin on “the healing herb,” we suppose.

The film is low on fun special effects but is entertaining and lighthearted to watch overall. Does the young couple save the day? You’ll have to watch the wannabe horror film to find out.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐

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8. Reefer Madness (1936)

The introduction tells you everything you need to know about anti-cannabis propaganda in the 1930s: “Marijuana the burning weed with its roots in hell.”It is a story about a bunch of American teens, specifically Bill, who tries marijuana one time and takes his “first step to enslavement.”

Today, the film may be more of a comedy, but it is still fun to watch and think about how far cannabis culture has progressed from “the Devil’s lettuce” and the root of all corruption to a better-understood substance recognized for wellness benefits.

Scare Rating: ⭐

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9. 420 Massacre (2018)

Not your average cannabis horror comedy, 420 Massacre is really an indie slasher film with some pretty scary moments. A group of four female friends head to camp in a mountain region (filmed in San Bernadino National Forest, Los Angeles) to celebrate 420, nature style.

In the traditional horror movie theme, they are warned by a law enforcement officer that there are cannabis growers up in the mountain range, and they may pose a risk to the women if they stumble upon an illegal grow op. This does little to dissuade them, and after blazing a few, they go in search of the illegal pot farm. With disastrous consequences.

It is not a great film or scary, but there are moments of relatable 420 humor. The moral of the story is… when you find an illegal grow op, don’t get any big ideas. Take nothing, and leave quickly and quietly.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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10. Halloween (1978)

Arguably one of the best horror movies of all time, Halloween launched the first “scream queen,” which was Jamie Lee Curtis, in her unforgettable role as Laurie Strode. Watching the original now feels like a retro journey back to the innocence of the 70s, combined with the macabre cinematic techniques that made Halloween a horror movie legend.

They don’t make them like they used to anymore, but this scary movie franchise rarely needs an introduction. It is the OG of horror movies and a cult classic. Not surprisingly, smoking weed is featured as a teenage vice in the film, which makes it one of the early films that had that subtle message: “If you smoke weed, bad things can happen to you.”

If you like the creepy original, the good news is there are ten more to watch in the iconic series. Almost all of them feature Jamie Lee Curtis, and she gets pretty savage in the last chapter. That’s what over forty years of running away from Michael Myers will do to you.

Scare Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Are Indica Strains Good for Watching Movies?

Hybrids that are 50% Indica and 50% Sativa may have you feeling relaxed and happy but sedated. If you plan to binge-watch some scary movies, choose your strain wisely. Psychedelic cannabis, or strains that can trigger paranoia, are probably not the best choice.

Choosing an Indica dominant or pure Indica strain pretty much guarantees you will have a lot of leftover candy in the morning (which isn’t the worst thing in the world). After all, they don’t call it “In Da Couch” for nothing.


Michael Myers / Jason / Freddy Kruger” by timz2011 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Halloween – Michael Myers” by monstersforsale is marked with Public Domain Mark 1.0.


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