Puff, puff; pass. The cannabis card holders of the world are currently enjoying a little recreational fun. What better to accompany thick plumes of smoke than a few killer horror flicks, obviously aimed at the diehard smoker? Other than some nachos, a Snickers bar and a 12-pack, it’s tough to think of a friendlier companion.
Most of the movies you’ll find on this list – dedicated specifically to those who still worship Cheech & Chong – are films that utilize marijuana as a primary theme. However, you’ll spot a few flicks here that don’t necessarily rely on the killer bud, but may incorporate an awesome scene or two in which our characters are blazing out of their minds. Either way, if it’s 420 related, and truly worthy of a look, we’re trying to touch down on it in this piece.
So, without further ado, light your pipes and get the Blu-ray (you’re not still stuck on VHS are you?) spinning!
BONG OF THE DEAD TRAILER:
Bong of the Dead: What’s a pothead to do when the world goes to Hell, and the fertilizer wanes? How about turn zombie brains into the perfect growth enhancer? That’s what Edwin and Tommy – two perma-baked buddies – opt to do, and it works miracles. The Green Goo is no joke, and these two realize it. What’s left to do other than embark on a murderous mission to empty craniums?
Low budget greatness, Bong of the Dead is one of those flicks that seems to get better with each viewing. Two humorous leads go overboard, but they’re fully invested in this goof-a-thon of feature, and it works surprisingly well.
Somebody get the ice cubes.
CLASS OF NUKE EM HIGH TRAILER:
Class of Nuke ‘Em High: The premise of this film all but ensures it falls into the “Greatest 420 Horror” ranks comfortably. Contaminated chronic distributed by a nuclear plant employee? Oh yes, it’s glorious in all its technical wretchedness.
I may catch a little flack for this, but I stand by my opinion that Class of Nuke ‘Em High is one of the greatest Troma productions ever released. Don’t invest anything crazy in that statement, as we all know Troma isn’t exactly known for pumping out top notch cinematic works. But, there have been a few gems to hit the market with a Troma logo affixed, and this is definitely one of the absolute best.
It’s hokey, it’s fun and I’d guess if you’re a major fan of the ganja, it’s probably a pretty rewarding experience… although the truth is, the green takes a backseat to balls-out action in this case.
Beware the Cretins.
Idle Hands: Ah, the touching story of a boy and his hand. Idle Hands is probably the most polished film on this list, and it’s one of the most successful in capturing the stoner vibe and yanking laughter from the lips. It’s legitimately funny, and Devon Sawa – who portrays uber stoner with a violent right hand, Anton Tobias – completely kills. I’m thinking this guy has either burned a few hot ones in his day, or he’s the greatest actor we’re not recognizing as… well, great.
Fun from top to bottom, and featuring (arguably) Seth Green’s finest work, Idle Hands delivers the goods on a completely brainless level. Throw Jessica Alba in the mix and you just transformed a strong visual spectacle into a damn masterpiece!
FRIDAY THE 13TH TRAILER:
Friday the 13th (09): Pretty much every Friday the 13th movie is going to feature some drug use, or some careless unprotected sex. Marcus Nispel’s 2009 retooling of Friday the 13th features both. In fact, the jumpoff for the film is centered round the search for a pot farm. These carefree twenty-somethings find their farm, but this little growth project has a security guard you just don’t want to mess with. These are Jason Voorhees’ woods!
Friday the 13th – believe it or not – is one of the better reboots of a cherished slasher film that you’ll find. It’s earned a bit of a welt for a reputation among those who refuse to give the flick a fair shake, but I can say this with sincerity: If Sean S. Cunningham’s 1980 original didn’t exist, and we didn’t know who Jason Voorhees was, this film would have been a certified smash hit and we’d likely have already seen a “new” Friday the 13th 2 released.
It’s fun, and beyond some ugly structuring issues in the first act, flows quite smoothly. There are loads of characters to like, loads to loathe and plenty of the grass being burned up. Especially by Chewie, the movie’s unsung hero who almost makes it. Okay… he doesn’t almost make it, but he’s still a kick to watch, and a serious herb lover!
EVIL BONG TRAILER:
Evil Bong: A big bong possessed with magical powers? Oh yes, we’re all in for this one. Wait a minute… Tommy Chong is in the flick too? Okay, it’s definitely time to order!
Evil Bong is hilariously bad, but holy hell is it effectively fun. The concept is totally and completely Plain Jane, so much so that it’s surprising the flick wasn’t created a decade earlier, however it really works to elicit hearty laughs. Every bit as outrageous as the others to make the list, Evil Bong is a top three stoner horror flick, all time. If you’re a smoker, and you hold an affinity for the genre, you more than likely own this one. If you don’t, you totally should.
THE TRIPPER TRAILER:
The Tripper: “On 4/20, prepare for a killer trip.”
Okay, if anything on this list is beating out Evil Bong and Idle Hands for best stoner horror installment, it’s The Tripper. This one has an awesome throwback vibe, a wicked serial killer and a kick ass cast born to tackle the roles they’ve been given.
David Arquette does a stellar job of writing, directing and starring in this extremely spirited effort about a weekend long hippie fest/concert targeted by a madman with an axe and a Ronal Reagan mask. In addition to Arquette, Courtney Cox (who produces), Jason Mewes, Jaime King, Lukas Haas, Balthazar Getty, Paul Reubens, Thomas Jane, Josh Hammond and bad girl Paz de la Huerta star. If that isn’t an absolutely stacked cast I just don’t know what is!
Insanely enjoyable from beginning to end, The Tripper is one of the most underrated genre pieces released in the last couple decades. It’s such an awesome picture that I’m suddenly compelled to call for a smoke intermission. Now that’s affective.
FREDDYS DEAD TRAILER:
Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare: Breckin Meyer’s made plenty of movies in his day, and he’s admittedly taken on a plethora of different character types. None however can replace the immediate stoner association that leaps to mind when I hear his name uttered.
Meyer’s feature length debut came in the form of a memorable role in the oft-derided, Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. He embraces the role of Spencer, Freddy’s coolest victim since Glen Lantz, who was turned into Sealy fodder back in the 80’s. Spencer is all about the green, and that’s all fine and dandy, when you don’t live in a world inhabited by a monster capable of killing you in your sleep. Keep in mind that reefer will have your ass sunk into your sofa and unconsciousness in the blink of an eye. Terrible idea for a Nightmare on Elm Street player.
Spence becomes the star of his own video game, and between that, the trippy psychedelic visuals and the din of Iron Butterfly’s In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, it’s just about impossible to forget this gnarly sequence. Definitely the type of work manifested in the mind of a smoker.
CABIN IN THE WOODS TRAILER:
The Cabin in the Woods: You can probably count the amount of times a stoner survives a horror flick on one hand. It’s pretty much cardinal sin to see the weedhead survive to see the credits roll, but The Cabin in the Woods’ Marty defies the odds. Well, he pretty much defies the odds. Marty hangs on until the bitter end of this scintillating feature of many faces, proving that there are instances of highly intelligent dope heads with a knack for survival.
Everything about this movie was a blast, and Marty’s presence should go a long way in appeasing the world’s smokers. Not only does this dude survive, he also packs the coolest portable bong to grace the screen. In retrospect, it seems as though Marty was almost guaranteed to see this one through; anybody with a piece like that deserves to prevail.
What to Watch For
HANSEL AND GRETEL GET BAKED TRAILER:
Hansel & Gretel Get Baked: I’ve heard from a few different individuals that this parody-esque genre effort is a thrill ride. It certainly looks to be a blast, toying with the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale before blowing a cloud of smoke right into the mix. It looks flashy, violent and humorous, and if early rumblings are true, looks don’t deceive. When you spot this one on the shelf, give it a go; just be sure to stop by the special spot to ensure a fully loaded stash!