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The Top 5 Cerebral Horror Movies to Watch When You’re Stoned

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If you smoke weed, you know that some movies are much more fun to watch while you’re high. Films full of big ideas, excellent music, and artistic visual displays are the ones I turn to after I smoke a bowl. As a huge horror fan, I’m always hunting for the best horror movies to watch when I blaze up.

Here are my favorite horror films to watch when baked out of my mind.

A few disclaimers:

Remember, kids, don’t smoke weed unless you’re over 21 and live in a place where pot is legal! If you are someone who gets paranoid when you smoke weed, I’d recommend you avoid watching these films while high. I love the feeling of watching cerebral horror while I’m stoned, but it isn’t for everyone. Proceed with caution!


Cube (1997)

As one of the films that first piqued my interest in the horror genre, Cube is a classic that will always have my heart. It follows a group of people who wake up in a strangely lit-up, cube-shaped room. On each side of the room is a door leading to another identical room with different colored lighting. The strangers don’t know how they got there, but they soon discover that many of the rooms contain killer traps like motion-detecting knives.

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This film is super fun to watch when you’re high because of the deep concepts the characters discuss throughout the movie, particularly their theories of why the Cube exists and how they can escape. There’s also this sick whispery music that plays during a montage in the middle of the film, and it’s incredible. If you like smoking weed and discussing the universe with your pals, you’ll definitely love Cube.


Vivarium (2020)

I don’t know about you, but when I drive through a condo complex in the suburbs, I get this eerie sensation that everything is exactly the same.

In Vivarium, this concept reaches a whole new level. A young couple visits a suburban neighborhood searching for a new home and finds that they can’t escape. They drive around the entire neighborhood to keep ending up at the same house. Once they accept their failure, the two find a box outside of the house with a baby inside and a note that reads, “raise the child and be released.”

I don’t want to spoil too much for you, but the kid is a total weirdo. The tense relationship between the Nameless Child and the trapped couple is deeply compelling. But the best part about this film is its completely wacky plot that brings up questions about conformity and exploitation. Vivarium is a perfect choice for a night in with friends when you want to get baked and be completely weirded out.


Cam (2018)

I love watching this movie stoned because its concept is all the more interesting when I’m having those weed-induced thoughts about the universe.

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Cam tells the story of Alice (Madeline Brewer), a cam girl with the fake name Lola on a site called FTM. Her goal is to make it into the top 50 girls list, and she’s willing to do anything to get there. But her plans are stopped in their tracks when she wakes up one morning to find that someone who looks exactly like her stole her FTM account.

This film touches on so many fears. The virtual world taking control of your life and literally stealing your identity is a huge one. There’s also just something creepy yet intriguing about the doppelgänger concept. Evil forces embodying a clone of your body is a cerebral nightmare.


Midsommar (2019)

Yeah, okay, watching Midsommar when you’re smoking weed may not be for everyone. This film bends so many conventions and is one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen. And it’s trippy as hell.

A group of friends travel to northern Sweden to witness one community’s week-long Midsommar festival. At the last minute, one of the friends brings his girlfriend, Dani, who recently lost her whole family in a tragic double-murder suicide. When they arrive for the festival, they go through a series of increasingly disturbing rituals.

So why is this terrifying film on my list for best horror to watch while baked? Because of the visual effects of the dancing and the synchronicity between all the community members. Dani trips on shrooms a few times in the film and being high makes those parts all the more enjoyable. When I re-watched this film before writing this article, the details of the community’s culture really stood out to me. Ari Aster is a brilliant filmmaker, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

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Suspiria (1977)

My editor told me I had to include at least one film that is more palatable for people who may get a bit too overwhelmed watching the other movies on this list, so I went with the original Suspiria. When Suzy (Jessica Harper) arrives at the premiere dance academy in Europe, she begins to uncover the mysteries that led to the murder of her classmate. This film is a visual masterpiece. The lighting sets the mood in every scene, and the film’s score is the perfect balance between dramatic, eerie, and beautiful.

If you’re looking for your first horror film to watch while high out of your mind, I highly recommend Suspiria.

Whether or not you choose to watch one of these movies on this special cannabis holiday, I wish you a safe and happy 4/20!

Hey! I’m Maya, a snarky, queer freelance writer, horror enthusiast, and history nerd. My hope is that my writing both entertains my readers and provides educational commentary on human behavior & society. In my spare time, I love to eat food, hang out with my girlfriend, and needle felt little monster sculptures.

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Black Witches Exist.

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If you ask any Black woman horror fan who their favorite Black witch is, I’d bet all the money I don’t have, that most—if not all—of them would say Rachel True’s Rochelle in The Craft. And what’s not to love about Rochelle? She’s delightfully weird, supportive of her friends, and perseveres in the face of racism much like we do in similar predominately white spaces.

But The Craft is 26 years old. Even though we were blessed with a reboot in 2020, I expected the beloved cult classic to produce more Black Witches to bring into our Coven of Black Girl Magic.

Hell, I don’t even think the two Black actresses that portrayed Angelina Johnson in the Harry Potter movie franchise ever had any lines. And while the Broadway production of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child made history by casting Black actresses to play Hermione, I do take issue with a beloved (and Black-coded) character being depicted as a cruel time-warp-multiverse version. (I’m sorry, but I came here to fight and tell you there is NO universe in which the only character committed to emancipating the magical slaves/house elves would ever turn out to be a cruel professor in her worst subject!)

Even most of the magical Black characters I’ve tried to include in this piece actually practiced Hoodoo or Voodoo.  There’s been a dearth of Black witches on the silver screen and in the horror genre, and it leaves me wanting more. White witches have depth and complexity to them. They can be good or evil, sensual and alluring, motherly, or even cycle through all of the above. Black witches are either nonexistent, relegated to a mammy role to aid a white protagonist, or their witchcraft is conflated with Hoodoo or Voodoo.

Voodoo is actually an organized religion with deep ties to African culture and American slave practices. Hoodoo is considered to be a folk magic that is also connected to the African Diaspora. Hoodoo is more similar to how witchcraft is depicted and is known for spells connected to practical needs, like love and money. Both Hoodoo and Voodoo are incredibly nuanced and highly regarded practices in Black culture, but in less diverse production spaces, depictions of Hoodoo and Voodoo from a colonizer’s gaze can be, well, racist and reductive.

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One could argue that Black witches have representation through depictions of Hoodoo and Voodoo on the silver screen, my favorite being the beautiful southern gothic film Eve’s Bayou. But overall, we deserve to see more expansive and nuanced Black Girl Magic on screen.

So here I am wondering, where are all the Black witches?

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WELCOME TO THE CHURCH OF CHUCKY: Chucky Season 2 Full Trailer Breakdown, Theories & Predictions

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Forget the Season of the Witch. It’s the Season of the Dolls again.

I mean it might as well be, September is the new October, which means Halloween is basically tomorrow. And with the arrival of the spooky season comes the second season of SYFY’s instant hit and continuation of the Child’s Play series, Chucky. Since it’s returning on October 5th, this is pretty much all I’m going to be talking about for a few months, so why don’t we speculate on the incoming eight episodes of bombshells Don Mancini will be hitting us with soon?

BLOODY REUNIONS

The teaser trailer that premiered at San Diego Comic Con and the full trailer above that just recently dropped all but confirms this leaked list of episode titles that has been floating around, given they’re laden with religious references we’ll cover soon. The titles give a rough idea of what might happen with the Chucky and Tiffany dolls back on the saddle.

While the episode “Doll on Doll” could be about the myriad of Chucky dolls running around, I wouldn’t be surprised if this was an episode focused on Doll Tiffany going up against Chucky. Since the schism between Team Ray and Team Valentine from season 1’s gnarly decapitation, Tiffany’s plastic iteration would probably find herself in conflict with her old lover after kidnapping Nica and cutting herself out of their deranged master plan to attack all of America.

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Temporarily, at least. Given their torrid romantic history and Tiffany’s obsession with starting and preserving a family, it’d be on brand that the episode “Goin’ To The Chapel” may just involve them renewing their vows, with the Bride and groom reuniting to cause terror once more.

SAINTS, SINNERS, AND SILICON

So, what about location then? Well, with all we’ve seen of Jake, Devon, & Lexy’s matching school uniforms, the episode titles, and all the religious décor/symbology all over the place, it’s safe to say the series is finally taking the leap and sending Chucky into outer space.

…Jokes people. I’ll be here all week.

The latest trailer tells us the school is called Incarnate Lord (Academy?) and seems to be a Catholic boarding school for reforming disturbed youth. This is likely an homage to Childs Play 3 but riffing on the humor of private schools rather than military academies. Mancini may have been inspired to use this location because he also went to a Christian prep school when he was younger, a lesser-known detail mentioned in an interview with Dread Central.

With legal custody of Jake & Devon up in the air following their respective parents perishing, and their dubious involvement in dozens of people dying a year prior, it looks like the trio is being sent to an institution by the state– possibly at the behest of Mayor Cross, Lexi’s mother, instead of seeing the kids jailed. Given the chaos caused by Chucky in the season finale, it’s fair that she’d send the boys and her distraught daughter to a boarding school for their protection, hoping to distance them from the massacre. On the topic of troubled daughters…

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PUTTING LEXY THROUGH THE RINGER

Maybe stating the obvious here, but Lexy is going through it this season, even more so than last. One of the shots in the teaser trailer heavily implies she’s doing drugs to cope with the stress and trauma of Chucky’s massacre. But I think there might be even more reason she’s down and out.

We saw younger sister Caroline opening the door for Chucky in the teaser, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Chucky’s first act of retribution against the Hackensack gang would be taking her out, or at least attempting to. It would also make sense to get them out of town as an inciting incident if the one-year time skip they mention means something has to break the relative peace in Hackensack.

For anybody skeptical about this, given it’s a very dark train of thought, remember that one of the series protagonists, Nica Pierce, had all her limbs cut off in the Season 1 finale and is currently being wheeled around by Tiffany. A tonal shift seems like just the thing Mancini might have hinted at with Nica’s cruel entrapment.

…Bummer. How about a joke to lighten the mood?

HOW DO NONBINARY SLASHERS OFF SOMEONE?

They/Them! And the they & them slashing in question would be the doll in two persons, Glen & Glenda, who is back after a long absence in the series (and seems delighted at the updates in their mother’s love-life/murder sprees). Hopefully, I will finally get a serious answer to my question of whether G&G have an explosives dealer! It seems doubly likely now that we see Chucky using a (stolen?) chemical explosive in the final shots of the full trailer…

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Portrayed in a double role by Lachlan Watson, former Chilling Adventures of Sabrina star, these two are more likely than not going to be blending into the school as delinquents and aiding one or more of the Chucky dolls in their rampage. But I think that one of the two could also be a new protagonist in the making.

Though the plot point fell by the wayside for doll martial arts in Seed of Chucky, it was clear that a part of Glen/da has a distaste for killing. I wouldn’t be surprised if the two halves of Glen/da ended up feuding and making enemies out of each other. One of the big themes of Chucky as a rare coming-of-age horror is that you’ve sometimes got to reject the roles placed onto you by your parents, so it’d track if Tiffany’s twin terrors end up against themselves.

Suppose one half doesn’t become wholly good, however. In that case, there’s the distinct possibility they might end up taking sides with their respective favored parents and getting dragged into a messy “divorce” and the couple’s endless doll wars. Speaking of people who got dragged into that war,

REST IN PEACE, KYLE…

But not really. At least, I don’t think so. Even though Andy screams “This is for Kyle!” while presumably facing off with an unseen Tiffany or Chucky in the trailer, she seemingly survived the bomb blast from “An Affair to Dismember” and was hinted to be watching over the kids, the final shot of the first season being her hand gripping a tree with the black leather gloves gifted to her by Andy at the gas station.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. With Christine Elise confirmed to be back for an unspecified number of episodes, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle is another dormant victim of possession like Nica, and that Tiffany may have done another soul split bamboozle. Not only would it give Tiffany a leg up against Andy & Chucky, but it would also mean that the kids would have to deal with their former protector turning heel.

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Regardless of how many of these darts land on the bullseye, I’m unflinchingly hyped for Season 2 of Chucky. Until then, I ask the question: do you have any pet theories you’ve been sitting on? Tell us on Twitter & comment down below, and as always, stay tuned for more horrifying content from Horror Press.

Chucky season 2 will premiere on USA and Syfy on October 5th.

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