Being a geek can be very scary. From the taunting and bullying growing up, to managing you hedge funds when you’re an adult. But two things that do not often go hand-in-hand are horror movies and geeks. Like, think about it. How many horror movies for geeks can you name? I bet none, but that is because you are approaching this wrong. Don’t try to sit and think of horror movies for geeks, specifically. Instead, AS A GEEK, think about the horror movies that have most affected you, or the horror movies you most relate to. THOSE are the horror movies for geeks. Though the concept may sound strange, as soon you as you start the list it will make a great deal more sense.
Shaun of the Dead
Now you are seeing where we are going with this. Here you have a movie clearly about two nerds, and they are faced with a zombie apocalypse. Though the idea may have sounded insane to someone when first pitched, the end result is one of the best zombie movies ever made. It has everything that makes movies great. Laughs, gore, and Queen music.
And let us please not forget, some integral moments of this film involve these two using vinyl records as weapons and geeking out to some multiplayer video games. That is how you set the tone for a list about horror movies for geeks!
The Lawnmower Man
Yes, this movie may be absolute trash now, but think about the concept. A man who is mentally slow can upload himself into a computer as an A.I and ultimately become a God in that universe, which in turn begins to have an effect on the real universe. While the effects may look like a bad PS1 game when you watch it now, the idea was well ahead of its time. Lawnmower Man was essentially Neo from the Matrix if he rode the short bus to school with a bad attitude.
I have special love for this movie because my friends call me this because about five years ago I ceased existing in the real world and basically took over the internet. Pure nerd shit. Oh wait, are my friends calling me slow? Shit, not cool.
Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil
This one falls into the Shaun of the Dead school. Humor and serious gore, while two seemingly innocent nerds fumble around in increasingly dangerous scenarios. I really don’t wanna tell you any more about this movie because it is so damn good, I refuse to spoil it.
Just trust me when I say, the leads in the movie are nerds in the best way possible. May not be with video games and cosplay, but you can just tell how high level their nerd is when they get around a pretty girl (which sets the tone for the entire movie). Good stuff, a must-see by all.
I KNOW you have not seen this 90’s movie about a robot that is sentient and evil, but I implore all of you to stop what you are doing and seek out this cult classic now. Imagine a dystopian society where many weird personalities inhabit one high rise building, and then that building gets invaded by a killer robot who looks like an army tank who f*cked a Gi Joe figure and then gave birth to a stillborn T-800 (and I mean all that as the highest compliment).
I know, it sounds insane because it is, but from steampunk to the fat, greasy hacker, this is nerd horror at its most badass. It may have aged a bit, but you need to see it, regardless. Everyone does, frankly. It’s a mindfuck of a movie.
Fright Night (Both)
Just the idea that a kid who is obsessed with dark shit would have a vampire move next door to him and no one believes him sets the perfect tone for this gem. It is like a play off the classic themes in Rear Window, but amped up for the horror nerd. Plus, it has this badass Kid Cudi song and video making it even better:
And let me say, shockingly enough, even the remake of this movie is well worth seeing, as Colin Farrell has a great deal of fun playing the manly, alpha, lead vampire, which really sells the movie. Just overall awesome nerd horror, for real. Speaking of horror movies for geeks, we really only have one way we can close this list….
‘Nuff said. Game over. We have a clear winner. And yes, the Wolfman has nards.
*Drops 666th mic