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 Friday, June 22 we drank bourbon and moonshine from this episode’s whiskey donor, the legendary Kings County Distillery. We talked about the history of NY, politics, and the geography of lower Manhattan.
Plus, an on-premises interview with Colin Spoelman, owner of Kings County Distillery. The movie is Gangs of New York, a part of IFC Center‘s Waverly Midnights: Scorsese series.
Fittingly(?) we nearly got into a fight.
More content! (in the form of links):
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.
This episode contains the post-show discussion from our Dazed and Confused outing.
Then, on Saturday, April 28 we returned to Nitehawk Cinema for the runner-up in their Marijuana Madness Tournament, David Cronenberg’s Videodrome.
But things took an unexpected turn when the tall, leather-jacket clad, confidence-exuding director of the neighboring midnight movie appeared in the lobby, granted us an interview, and inspired a last-minute ditch of stylish body horror in favor of bloody, relentless cruelty.
The name of the movie and director are withheld here to avoid hurt feelings via Google alerts. Listen to the episode for the full poop!
On April 21 (the day after 4/20, but whatever, man) we took Whiskey Flicks to Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg for the first time to cover Richard Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age classic Dazed and Confused, the winner of their Marijuana Madness Tournament.
This episode consists entirely of our pre-show, greenery-fueled discussion. The next episode will cover our post-show chat, as well as our return trip to Nitehawk the following week for Videodrome, the runner up in the MJ Madness Tournament – an excursion that took a surprising turn.
And, as promised somewhere in the middle of our discussion, some links to statistics on marijuana-related arrests and convictions:
ACLA – Marijuana Arrests By the Numbers
DrugPolicy.org – Drug War Statistics
Washington Post -More people were arrested last year over pot than for murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery — combined
New York Times – Marijuana Arrests Outnumber Those for Violent Crimes, Study Finds
On Friday, March 23, we returned to the IFC Center for a midnight screening of Soylent Green, the 1972 dystopia thriller directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Charlton Heston and Edward G. Robinson in his final film.
We recorded our pre-show discussion at the now-shuttered El Quijote, a 90 year old Spanish restaurant in the ground floor of the Chelsea Hotel. Over dinner we talk with a couple at a neighboring table about all things (or at least some things) Jewish in NYC, and with staff of the restaurant about the closing of this mainstay 23rd Street restaurant.