Another quarantine edition of Whiskey Flicks, complete with 7pm cheer.
A little quarantine edition of Whiskey Flicks. This is, indeed, something that happens.
Night 3 of our unscrypted monster-mash nerd-out featured clips from the following fright flicks, listed Title (Year) Director or Creator:
It Follows (2014) David Robert Mitchell
Freaks (1932) Tod Browning
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) Jack Sholder
The Fly (1986) David Cronenberg
The Host (2006) Bong Joon-ho
Suspiria (1977) Dario Argento
The Muppet Show featuring Alice Cooper (1978) Jim Henson
The Cabin in the Woods (2012) Drew Goddard
The Wicker Man (1973) Robin Hardy
Let the Right One In (2008) Tomas Alfredson
Dawn of the Dead (1978) George A. Romero
The Blair Witch Project (1999) Daniel Myrick
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) Tim Burton
Night 2 of our October spookstravaganza featured clips from the following flicks, listed Title (Year) Director or Creator:
Jaws (1975) Steven Spielberg
Frankenstein (1931) James Whale
Halloween (1978) John Carpenter
Us (2019) Jordan Peele
Of Unknown Origin (1983) George P. Cosmotos
Evil Dead 2 (1987) Sam Raimi
Beetlejuice (1987) Tim Burton
Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock
Black Sabbath (1963) Mario Bava
Audition (1999) Takashi Miike
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013) Jim Jarmusch
Night of the Living Dead (1968) George Romero
Scanners (1981) David Cronenberg
We kicked off our run with an evening of clips from the following films, listed Title (Year) Director or Creator:
Scream (1996) Wes Craven
King Kong (1933) Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack
An American Werewolf in London (1981) John Landis
Candyman (1992) Bernard Rose
The Ring (2002) Gore Verbinski
They Live (1998) John Carpenter
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Tobe Hooper
Young Frankenstein (1974) Mel Brooks
Alien (1979) Ridley Scott
American Horror Story: Cult (2017) Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk
Get Out (2017) Jordan Peele
Carrie (1976) Brian De Palma
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919) Robert Wiene
Join us this October at The Tank for our latest live show!
Whiskey Flicks Live! Something Whiskey this Way Comes… is an unscripted, booze-infused deep dive into film, in which motormouth cinephile Michael Niederman reacts in real time to a series of surprise clips from horror, thriller and sci-fi movies. With the aid of live VJ Daniel McCoy (and a bottle of whiskey) Michael will lead us on an impromptu, interactive journey through a century of cinematic fear, asking us to consider what scares us, when, and why?
Content Warning: Whiskey Flicks Live! Something Whiskey This Way Comes… is centered around clips from horror movies over the last 100 years, which will sometimes contain violent and disturbing imagery. Though the overall tone of the show is fun and interactive, we won’t be shying away from the more extreme corners of the genre. Please consider this when making your decision to attend.
On Saturday, May 26 (how’s that for turnaround?), the usual Whiskey Flicks folks, along with special guests Jody Christopherson, Kyra Sims and Rich Kass, hit IFC for John Waters’ infamous 1972 midnight classic PINK FLAMINGOS. Our tolerance for filth was put to the test and we emerged as better humans.
Our featured whiskey was a Rye from Hillrock Estate Distillery in Ancram, New York.
Also, Jody hurt her foot but she’s fine now.
Further recommended viewing:
John Waters/Divine collaborations Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray.
I Am Divine, the 2013 documentary by Jeffrey Schwarz.
In this episode we do a deep dive into the first two films by Alejandro Jodorowsky. El Topo is widely regarded as the first “midnight movie,” after gaining a cult following at the long-gone Elgin Theater. Though not as well known, The Holy Mountain is an even richer and more ambitious journey into Jodorowsky’s cinematic universe.
Our special guest on this episode is Sarah Lyons – writer, activist, occultist and witch – who walks us through The Holy Mountain’s use of tarot-related symbolism and imagery.
You can also find the unedited recordings of our discussions in the sidebar to the right.
Our featured whiskey for this episode is Van Brunt Stillhouse Rye Whiskey, which we found pairs nicely with surrealism.
Before the movie we took a trip down memory lane, with Dan recalling the middle school teacher who first introduced him to King’s books. (Thanks, Mrs. Palumbo!) Afterwards, we encountered a couple outside the theatre who shared King-related memories of their own over the final pulls of bourbon from King’s County Distillery.
Also, we’re nerds:
On Saturday, August 26 we were joined by special guest Lawrence Dial for a midnight screening of Katsuhiro Otomo’s AKIRA at the soon-to-be-closed Landmark Sunshine Cinema. For several of us it was the first time seeing this anime classic, though for Lawrence it was somewhere around his 200th.
Our first on-the-street recording captures our reactions to the film, some personal history of Lawrence’s growing up with AKIRA, and a bunch of sirens on Houston Street. At one point we sip from a bottle of Cherry Bomb Whiskey from Eastside Distilling in Portland, OR and do our best not to get locked inside the security gates of the theatre.
As promised during the episode, here is a video by Nerdwriter about the use of light in AKIRA, through which he provides an excellent analysis of the movie.