Hey hey, it’s finally “Octoner” (that’s October for stoners, in case you hadn’t heard), which, for this stoner, means taking every possible opportunity to blaze it and watch horror movies throughout the month. For those less inclined to oversaturate their nights with hazy visions of psychedelic terror, October may just be a time for slightly spookier or more adventurous stoned streaming habits. 

In any case, this month’s list of what to stream while lit offers an even mix of spooky shit to elevate your Octoner haze and reliable favorites to keep things breezy. 

Speaking of reliable favorites, last month we asked our followers what you love to stream while high in our Instagram stories. The question produced several popular answers, some that surprised us and others that felt inevitable (spoiler alert … several Adult Swim shows were mentioned more than once). Wanna see three of the top picks? Keep scrolling once you get to the bottom of this month’s what-to-stream list for the big reveal. 

‘Undone’ — Amazon Prime

What is it?

A new Amazon series about a woman (Rosa Salazar) who gets in a car accident and becomes untethered from time and space, which enables her to explore the mystery of the death of her father (Bob Odenkirk). 

Why Watch High?

The first thing you’ll notice about “Undone” is it’s trippy, stupefying rotoscope animation. Rotoscope is an animation technique characterized by tracing animation over live-action footage, iconically used by filmmaker Ralph Bakshi for cult films like “The Lord of the Rings,” Fire and Ice,” and “American Pop” (fantastic high-watches all of them), and more recently used to great effect by director Richard Linklater for the films “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” There’s just something about rotoscope animation that makes it an uncanny and endlessly engaging visual accompaniment to a sensorily attuned head high. 

When and Where to Watch

“Undone” is now streaming on Amazon Prime. It premiered last month, but we didn’t include it in the last list and didn’t want to let another month go by without urging everyone to toke up and watch this thing. 

‘Robot Carnival’ — Amazon Prime

What is it?

A 1987 sci-fi anime anthology film, with vignettes from different artists, all centered in some way or another around robotic companions, enemies, and invaders (as the title suggests). Think of it as the OG Netflix’s “Love, Death, and Robots.” 

Why Watch High?

I discovered this gem while getting baked one evening and perusing the animation tab of Amazon Prime, and since our impromptu survey of your lit-viewing habits showed a strong communal hunger for trippy animation, I knew I had to get the word out about the hazy cyberpunk pleasures of “Robot Carnival.”

When and Where to Watch

“Robot Carnival” is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime. And should you decide you enjoy blazing it and watching trippy sci-fi anime, check out other entries in Amazon Prime’s hidden treasure trove of weird gems, including “Space Adventure Cobra” and “Galaxy Express 999.” 

‘Halloween III: Season of the Witch’ — HBO

What is it?

The third entry in the original “Halloween” franchise, and the only film not to feature the iconic mask-wearing, knife-toting “shape” that is Michael Myers. 

Why Watch High?

Originally meant to take the franchise away from Michael Myers and into anthology territory, introducing a new Halloween-themed story with each entry, Halloween III is an ’80s camp-horror romp that has only recently garnered the appreciation it deserves as the immensely enjoyable black sheep of its parent film series. Do a fat dab or roll a fatty with your most reliable sativa strain and enjoy “Halloween III” while riding the waves of a thrilling head high. 

When and Where to Watch

“Halloween III: Season of the Witch” is now streaming on HBONow. And, FYI, so is 1981’s “Halloween II,” my personal favorite Michael Myers “adventure.” Get stoned and add both these classic horror sequels to your spooky season streaming list … if you dare 😉

‘Blade’ and ‘Blade II’ — Hulu

What is it?

The cult classic Marvel sci-fi/action/horror films starring Wesley Snipes as the titular vampire hunter.

Why Watch High?

If you’re looking for something fun, action-packed, and cartoonishly bloody to watch while nursing a well-packed bowl this Halloween, the “Blade” movies have certainly aged into being well suited for the task. 

In “Blade II,” fans of director Guillermo Del Toro’s work on the “Hellboy” movies will revel in the director’s signature spooky style and creature-feature obsessions. In both “Blade” movies, the cool, campy look of early 2000s CGI in a movie shot on film will be a real visual treat if you’re in the right state of mind, and by right state of mind, I mean after some heavy bong rips of a reliable Indica-leaning strain. 

When and Where to Watch

“Blade” and “Blade II” both are set to stream on Hulu Oct. 1, 2019. 

‘Big Mouth’ Season 3 — Netflix

What is it?

The new season of Netflix’s breakout animated comedy about tweens and the physical changes that rule them. 

Why Watch High?

“Big Mouth” was one of the major contenders in your responses, so I know I don’t need to sell you on rolling a j and streaming this absurd, and often ludicrously surreal work of well-earned laughs and animation. 

When and Where to Watch

The third season of “Big Mouth” premieres on Netflix October 4, 2019. 

‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ — Netflix

What is it?

The long-rumored, and eagerly anticipated movie follow-up to “Breaking Bad,” taking up right where the now-legendary series left off and following the future of Jesse Pinkman. 

Why Watch High?

Listen, we know all you connoisseurs of “Peak TV” are gonna show up for this one. And if you’re one of our readers, it’ll probably be in your repertoire of stuff to stream while nursing a slow evening high anyway. 

When and Where to Watch

“El Camino” premieres on Netflix October 11, 2019. 

‘Free Fire’ — Netflix

What is it?

A criminally underrated indie crime flick from 2017, with an ensemble cast (including Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy) of criminals who get embroiled in a feature-length warehouse shoot-out after a black-market arms deal goes awry. 

Why Watch High?

Equal parts snappy-Scorsesean crime flick and postmodern genre-twisting indie sleeper, “Free Fire” is a strange, violent, dialogue-heavy dark comedy with twists and turns you’re sure to enjoy, or at least find morbidly amusing, on your next lit evening at home. Plus, the ’70s-era costume design is fire.  

When and Where to Watch

Free Fire is set to stream on Netflix Oct. 22, 2019. 

‘Silicon Valley’ Season 6 — HBO

What is it?

The final season of the hit Mike Judge comedy about a group of Silicon Valley engineers just trying to “make the world a better place” one gruelingly absurd tech merger at a time.  

Why Watch High?

Throughout the entirety of its run, “Silicon Valley” has never been short on laughs. If the show has already been a staple of your Sunday night HBO-toke-and-chill seshes over the years, no sense in giving up on it now. 

When and Where to Watch

“Silicon Valley” ’s final season debuts its first episode on HBO Oct. 27, 2019. 

Here’s What You Love to Stream While Blazing It

As promised, here are three of your go-to picks to stream while lit. 

‘Rick and Morty

You probably could have guessed this one. Of all the animated comedies thrown around in our poll responses, “Rick and Morty” reigned supreme. Despite the show’s unfortunate reputation for gaining an increasingly toxic core fanbase, the show’s messy, psychedelic animation, stoner space-time “what if” metaphysical ponderings, and delightfully granular, off-the-cuff humor clearly make it the ultimate high-watch among modern tokers. 

‘Tiny House Nation

Much to our surprise, it turns out y’all really ride for “Tiny House Nation.” Currently on Netflix, the series corners the tiny home movement of the home renovation show market. Having never experienced the joys of “Tiny House Nation” while high, I took the opportunity to spark up and watch a few episodes so I could understand what the fuss was all about. And though the show won’t be taking the place of my high-horror or sci-fi binges anytime soon, I certainly felt the charming effects of familiar home-renovation-show beats and surprising visual pleasures of exploring every nook and cranny of a tiny home through a comfortable couch-lock haze. 

‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ 

Turns out many of you share my affinity for high-anime, as “Neon Genesis Evangelion” — the iconic anime franchise that a legion of newcomers continue to discover on Netflix — is a staple of the stoner’s high-streaming repertoire. An intoxicating combination of eye-popping anime art and action with an esoteric mix of religious and mythological references make “Neon Genesis Evangelion” a piece of entertainment that stoners will likely keep turning each other onto as long as the series has a home on major streaming platforms. 

Feature image: Fire up your streaming services, and your favorite joint, blunt, bong, dab, or whatever, for some scary or just scary-good films and series this Octoner. What is Octoner? October + stoner. Get it? (John Tuesday/Unsplash)





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