If you regularly surf the net for pop culture, and you’re one of our fellow cannabis enthusiasts, you have seen vast arrays of lists dedicated to the best stoner movies out there. That could mean either the best movies where the plot was about stoners or perhaps the best movies to watch while stoned.
Here at Marijuana.com, we like to mix things up and give lists that will impart lasting effects on what’s left of your short-term memory. So without further adieu, we present The Best Tim Burton Films to Watch While Stoned. If you’re a little low on product, check out the Deals Section on Weedmaps.com.
You ask why? We say, why not? Tim Burton has been arguably the finest film director and producer in the fantasy genre ever, with a style that is so unique you can’t get away with copying it, you simply know when it’s a Tim Burton production.
Burton’s films are fabulous to watch after vaping some bud because his artistic imagery and commitment to style, coupled with Danny Elfman’s signature music in most of his films, are enhanced when you’ve had a visit with your friend Mary-Jane.
This 1990 classic starring Johnny Depp was so weird you thought you were blitzed when you saw it for the first time. It’s the story of an inventor, brilliantly played by a frail Vincent Price, who creates a man made out of metal and other materials, and he gives him large scissor-like claws for hands until he has the time to finish some real mitts.
The inventor dies before he can give his creation real hands. A middle-class homemaker adopts the scissor-handed man and brings him home to her family — That’s when it gets truly odd.
The reason it’s good to bake before this one is the gorgeous snow-like imagery that is unleashed throughout the film, along with the intentional bright colors in the second act when Edward moves to the suburbs. Also, if you’ve enjoyed enough THC, you will start to forget that Edward has these blades for hands and wonder why nobody accepts him.
The final reason this is one of the finest in Tim Burton’s arsenal is Danny Elfman’s use of a children’s choirs to create one of the most incredible and haunting soundtracks movie-making has ever seen.
This concept for a film has got to be one of the most brilliant and unique ideas to date.
Here we have the story of different worlds that all coexist, and their existence is entirely dedicated to a particular children’s holiday, that they are in charge of executing every year for the children of the real world.
If that doesn’t turn your head around in circles, then get this, the story centers around the Halloween World (signature Burton) and mainly the character of Jack Skellington, who discovers a portal to the other worlds and goes in the Christmas one. The film then gets more intricate as the Halloween characters plan their own version of Christmas that scares the bejesus out of children everywhere.
As if this film wasn’t stylistic enough, it’s a musical with a fabulous soundtrack and the singing voice of Jack is played by none other than Danny Elfman himself. If you still need a cherry on top of this artistic sundae, then you should note the whole film is stop-motion animation which is an antiquated, lengthy, and painstaking technique using actual models and creates a stylistic effect that cannot be recreated by any other medium. You have got to see this one.
To accurately describe what this movie is about, its symbolism, imagery, and its perspective on the afterlife, one would probably need a panel of philosophers and existentialists. Nevertheless, here it goes.
Beetlejuice is the story of a young couple who live in a big beautiful house in a small country town. The couple dies in a morbidly hilarious car accident and finds out that not only is there an afterlife but it’s much like a regular life of waiting in reception areas and dealing with everyday red tape. They have a bigger problem when a hoity-toity family moves into the house that was theirs in life and seemingly continues to be theirs in death, although the living don’t know that.
Along comes Michael Keaton in one of the best performances in his career as a hyperactive ghost named Beetlejuice with terrible personal hygiene, who offers to scare the hell out of this family and force them to move.
This movie was by far one of Tim’s most successful and the reason you should be baked before, during, and after, is it will spark incredible discussions about the nature of existence. Further to that, you have Winona Ryder giving a great performance in this film as a goth-like character and the incredible music of Harry Belafonte as a unique added element to the storyline. The film spawned a great Saturday-morning cartoon as well.
Like Star Wars in the 1970’s, this 1989 juggernaut changed the way people watched superhero movies. Before this dark and moody Batman came out, superhero films were doomed to be colorful and cartoon-like adaptations of their comic book origins, with the exception of the first two Christopher Reeve Superman films that were still considered very tame.
Then Tim Burton decides, let’s get Jack Nicholson to play an evil, cartoon-like, but still murderous psychopath known as the Joker. With a buffet of dark imagery, cool bat-gadgets, awesome action, and a great performance again from Michael Keaton, this film does not disappoint. Throw in a soundtrack by (the late) Prince and you have a winner.
If you’re high, you can even suspend your disbelief enough to accept that the Joker is also the same guy who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents.
This film is quite possibly the funniest and most unique Mars invasion story around, although it did poorly at the box office. With a laundry list of famous actors, Mars Attacks tells the story of an alien invasion from our neighboring red planet, where these odd creatures land and try to take over the world. The film shows an array of cultures across the US and around the world and how they each uniquely deal with this threat.
The imagery of the Martians, the way they talk and the very specific sense of humor you need to enjoy this film is best enhanced with pot, so you can accept the wackiness without question and enjoy the film on its most basic level.