Happy 420 - Our Top 5 Favorite Stoners in Horror
It only happens once a year officially, but any devoted pothead will tell you that 420 happens at least once a day. For the uninitiated, 420 is a term used primarily in North America that refers to the consumption of cannabis and, by extension, a way to identify oneself with cannabis subculture.
Man, that sounded kinda smart, no? Anyway, observances based on the number 420 include smoking pot around the time 4:20 p.m. (and/or 4:20 a.m.) as well as on today's date, April 20th (4/20). In celebration of the wacky stoners who have died (or sometimes lived) in some of our favorite horror flicks, we present to you our Top 5. There would have been 10, but our short-term memory sucks lately.
Please note we're not gonna go with the obvious choices from movies like Evil Bong, Idle Hands, or the first two Scary Movie flicks and their ilk. After all, those flicks are more comedy than horror so here is our cream of the cannabis toking crop! Enjoy!
Shaun of the Dead (2004) - Ed, played by Nick Frost
One of the many reasons why Shaun of the Dead works so well is the fact that not only is it the perfect combination of horror and comedy, but the film's characters are so very easy to relate to. I mean, who doesn't know someone like Ed, played with gleeful gusto by Nick Frost? He's a living, breathing, and inhaling representation of every cool neighbor with a Peter Pan complex we've ever hung out with!
Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D (1982) - Chuck and Chili, played by David Katims and Rachel Howard
I'll never forget sitting in the theatre way back when and seeing joints being passed around in 3D. The whole audience kept reaching for them. Me? I was only 10 years old, but damn it, fun was in the air (along with the smell of a couple of other things), and even at such a tender age I couldn't help but... well.... get a contact high. Let's just say that I ate a copious amount of popcorn that night, and out of all of Jason Voorhees' many victims, Chuck and Chili, played by David Katims and Rachel Howard, will always be amongst our favorites.