Whether you’re a whisky sipper, beer chugger, or wine connoisseur, I think we can all agree that few things in life are as satisfying as booze. I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just not a liar. Alcohol and movies go together like a slightly-less-edible peanut butter and jelly, as the perfect film in the perfect setting can turn a night of bland tipsiness into a turnt up triumph. In the spirit of this drunken tradition, we’re taking a look at 10 horror films that should absolutely be utilized during the hours of thirst due to either their setting, premise, or potential for silly fun. So, gather your friends, tip your pizza delivery guy, and pop a top: this is drunk horror.
Being drunk at a bar can be every bit as delightful as it is painstakingly aggravating. While the options and tap are seemingly endless, the wildcard of public drinking will always be the drunks around you. There’s not a bar in this world that is filled with like-minded people. Some are looking to mess around with buddies and have a fun time, some are pissed off at life and in need of liquid comfort, and some really don’t care to associate with anyone whatsoever.
Feast showcases the manner in which any given person can clash with another while drinking at a bar, and if that’s not enough to persuade at-home boozin’, maybe the vicious, humping, buzz-killing monsters will convince you. Frequently funny without sacrificing the extreme terror of the situation, Feast blends unbearable tension and intentional cheese to orgasmic heights. It’s wild from start to finish.
Troll 2 (1990)
If you’re like me, sitting around with friends and watching a laughably bad movie while the cheap scent of Miller High Life fills the room is the apex of life. In the right setting, awful movies offer magnificent joy- and few films are as bad as the beloved Troll 2.
Overflowing with nonsensical plot points, loose threads, cheesy dialogue and terrible performances that have been forever immortalized and made iconic by the film’s amazing cult following, Troll 2, which isn’t even actually a sequel to Troll and features zero trolls (They’re goblins) by the way, has become a classic. Take a shot every time Joshua Waits says “Grandpa Seth” and see where the night takes you.
Of all the films you’ll find on this list, Scream may be the most tailor made picture for your late night liquor extravaganza. It’s not nearly as silly as many of the other selected movies, and it even features highly revered sequences of genuine terror, but through all of this, Wes Craven’s flick remains fun and never loses sight of what it’s like to be a teenager- including how big of a deal that beer can be while among your friends (A lesson we all carried into adulthood, tbh).
If there’s a better film to accompany your night of friends, horror movies, and alcohol than a slasher film that features an extended sequence of friends watching horror movies while drinking alcohol, I can’t think of it. But what do I know? There’s a 79.6% chance that I’m already drunk.
Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
There are few films that embrace their silliness to the same masterful extent as Killer Klowns from Outer Space. This circus serves up a special kind of cheese, and though it’s undeniably absurd, the film is an entirely charming effort that brings joy to the hearts of boozers and losers alike.
Let’s be real though: Any film that features cotton candy ray guns and cocoons, flesh-eating popcorn, functioning balloon animals, and shadow puppets capable of swallowing a crowd whole is even better with a beer in your hand.
Green Room (2016)
Green Room takes place in a backwoods bar type setting and features neo-Nazi skinheads getting their comeuppance. Regardless of our sobriety, we want all Nazi punks to fuck off.
One of my personal favorite horror movies to watch while stone cold sober, Tremors remains an equal or greater experience while kicking back to relax with a few brewskis after a long week. The fun banter between Val and Earl, as well as the vagabond lifestyle they’ve crafted for themselves, establishes an atmosphere that’s perfect for drinking because it feels true to the characters and the movie they exist within.
Set in a desolate desert town, the location alone is enough to make you thirsty. However, it’s the “cowboy” vibe that Tremors exudes that truly makes it a blast to drink during. Like heavy artillery and Burt Gummer, Tremors and beer belong together.
From Dusk till Dawn (1996)
If Feast wasn’t a bad enough bar experience to enjoy with your booze, it doesn’t get much worse than the events of Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn. With the horror half of the film set entirely inside of a strip club/bar, the setting is perfect for a night of drinking. Preferably at home, though, and away from vampires (And psychos, despite them not exploding when sunlight hits them).
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (2010)
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is one of the funniest horror comedies ever created. The main characters have a lovable dynamic; the comedy, both physical and in joke form, is ace; and there’s a sweet lesson to be learned. The titular duo, however, are the real reason that the film is perfectly accompanied by alcohol- though it has to be a specific type.
The characters in the film treat Pabst Blue Ribbon like God’s gift to the world, and knocking back 26 PBRs throughout the runtime might learn you why. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Truthfully, every single film in this franchise welcomes your intoxication. Though it features one of horror’s most iconic characters, there’s a campiness that keeps the franchise from ever being too serious. While something like Jason Takes Manhattan would make for a silly drunk romp, I ultimately decided that the best Friday the 13th movie to watch through beer googles is, well, the best Friday the 13th movie.
Jason Lives returns the character of Tommy Jarvis, and is arguably the film that made him Friday the 13th‘s most iconic hero. Giving Jason the Universal Monster treatment and reanimating him with electricity, the film, more than every other film of the franchise, understands exactly what it is, wearing that campiness like a badge of honor throughout the runtime. It’s silly enough to keep the mood light, and scary enough to keep you invested. Bottoms up.
Leprechaun 4: In Space (1996)
Leprechaun 4: In Space is the ideal drunk horror movie because you’d have to be shit-faced to believe that this movie actually exists in our world. It’s not such a bad place after all, I suppose. Throughout the film, Leprechaun uses a lightsaber, presents himself in the form of an STD, torments cartoonish space marines while attempting to manipulate an otherworldly princess into marrying him so that he can reap the marriage benefits.
If that’s not enough to convince you that Leprechaun 4 is the perfect drunk horror movie, there’s also a DNA obsessed half-human/half-cyborg named Dr. Mittenhand who lost most of his body in a failed experiment. The character intends to use the regenerative DNA of the princess to rebuild his own body, but is instead infused with the DNA of a spider and scorpion thus turning him into “Mittenspider,” which is his actual credited name. It’s out-of-this-world funny, and watching with friends and an abundance of liquor could be a life changing experience.
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