2020 feels like a horror movie, but even though the world looks like hell, we somehow manage to carry on. Many of us turn to weed to help us cope with anxiety and stress — and all of us find relief from unbearable reality by escaping into whatever’s streaming on Netflix. Since it’s officially spooky season, Urban Aroma pulled together a list of the very best scary movies to watch when you’re high!
According to a recent study, people who like horror movies aren’t only escaping from reality — they generally tend to cope better with crises, and are more resilient when preparing for tough times. Watching horror movies can help us feel less stressed by helping us understand our own deepest fears.
While being frightened by a horror movie can alleviate the terror of the real world, adding the soothing balm of cannabis to the experience can be downright therapeutic, at least in this writer’s experience. I got high and did a deep dive into my favorite horror movies to come up with this list of 10 great flicks that are guaranteed to (therapeutically!) scare the dabs outta you. We’ve paired each movie with a recommended strain of weed — although whatever weed you have is the right weed, of course.
So grab a joint and some snacks, turn off the lights, and work out your inner demons with one of our Top 10 Scary Movies to Watch When Baked!
1. It Follows (2014)
Weed is an aphrodisiac, but after watching this iconic demon movie, you’re probably not gonna feel like hooking up. It Follows is a brilliantly crafted psychological horror film about betrayal at the deepest level, and a spreading stain of shame that cannot be cleansed. The cast is incredible, and the creep factor is 100%.
Pair with: Sour Diesel — shake off negative vibes with this dreamy sativa-dominant strain.
2. Dawn of the Dead (2004)
When there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth… A remake of George A. Romero’s 1978 sequel to Night of the Living Dead, this zombie classic cranks up the gross factor to 11, and has a lot of sweet in-jokes about its movie legacy. The social commentary about consumerism feels even more on the nose in 2020.
Pair with: Do-Si-Dos — melt away from zombie attacks with this indica-dominant hybrid.
3. Midsommar (2019)
About a third of the way into Midsommar, an incredibly accurate portrayal of a bad mushroom trip takes place as a young couple and their friends fall into the bright, strange world and ancient rituals of Hårga, Sweden. The pace of this cult tale is glacial, but the tension is exquisite, as are the performances that keep you perfectly anguished.
Pair with: Gorilla Glue #4 — stick close to your buds with this dank euphoric hybrid.
4. Let the Right One In (2008)
One of the greatest vampire movies ever made, especially because the main players are children, which adds a twisted layer of bitter melancholy. This Swedish film was billed as “romantic horror,” which is a little misleading. It’s no Interview with the Vampire. Let The Right One In is heartbreaking, brilliant, scary and satisfying.
Pair with: Tangerine Dream — stay clear and focused with this citrusy sativa-dominant flower.
5. Us (2019)
We are our own worst enemy. That’s one theme that threads through this weird, unsettling parable from Jordan Peele. Us is complicated and trippy, and you can easily get lost trying to follow its twists and turns — or you can just turn up the incredible soundtrack, and bear witness as Red and her family exact their twisted, vicious justice.
Pair with: Granddaddy Purple — float into a dreamworld with this legendary indica cross.
6. The Babadook (2014)
This nightmare-inducing story of a mother and child coping with massive grief that takes on the form of a monster has become legendary in the LGBTQ community. The movie is rich with contradictions and anxieties, and is beautifully unnerving. If it’s in a word, or it’s in a look, you can’t get rid of the Babadook.
Pair with: Headband — get your brain right with this creamy, lemony hybrid.
7. The Ruins (2008)
A group of young American tourists visit an archaeological dig at a remote Mayan ruin and things get crazy, fast. The Ruins is a potent allegory for America tearing itself apart, but mostly it’s just a fucking terrifying supernatural horror film with an incredible cast. Make sure you have a pillow to bury your face in. Things get inside people.
Pair with: Strawberry Cough — cleanse your psyche with this sweet, berry-rich sativa.
8. La Llorona (2020)
The legend of La Llorona gets a political twist in this psychological horror film. After a Guatemalan dictator is acquitted of genocide, he retreats to his locked-down mansion with his wife and daughters — but the ghosts of his murderous past cannot be kept out. This smart, elegant film reveals that the real horror lies not in the supernatural, but in the savage acts of men.
Pair with: Cannatonic — relax your brain and muscles with this powerful high-CBD hybrid.
9. The Descent (2005)
You may need to pause The Descent to take a bong rip and breathe. This monster movie follows a group of six women (all-female cast, what what!!) on a spelunking excursion that goes horrifically awry. It’s got it all: dark, drowning, claustrophobia, being eaten alive. The Descent is a squeamish masterpiece that mines our darkest fears.
Pair with: Gelato — shimmy into a high state of mind with this sweet, powerful hybrid.
10. Deathgasm (2015)
This pleasingly gory horror comedy out of New Zealand is fantastic fun to watch when you’re really, really high. A group of teenage wannabe metal stars accidentally summon a demonic force that takes over their small, conservative town with blood-spatteringly hilarious results. If you love heavy metal, demons, and B-movie gore, Deathgasm is the movie for you.
Pair with: Alaskan Thunder Fuck — put your high horns up with this OG lemony, skunky sativa.