Race with the Devil (1975)

race with the devil

This week on Alcohollywood, recurring guest Derek joins us from the basement to talk Satanic panic movies with Race with the Devil! This 1975 Peter Fonda-Warren Oates road thriller follows these two easy riders along a two-lane blacktop to evil, as they (and their girlfriends) must use the incredible powers of their RV to hold off an increasingly encroaching horde of Satanists who catch them spying on their latest sacrifice.

A gonzo combination of the ‘devil’s cult’ and road movie genres of the 1970s, the film certainly elicited varying reactions from us, including: Why do our protagonists have to steal library books? Is everyone in Texas a Satanist? Why does everyone immediately let their guard down as soon as the immediate danger is over? Should there have been more snakes? Learn the answers to these questions and more in our episode, along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

NOTE: We didn’t have time to work out the kinks of our new setup before recording this one, so this is still the same room-mic setup we’ve had for awhile. Stay tuned next week, though, since our sound should be totally changing!

External Links:

Clint’s Recommendation: the BMW short film Beat the Devil (2003), dir. Tony Scott
Clint’s First Guest Spot on A Talking Cast!?! – Episode 37: Minute 36

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Wicked Witch-crap

race with the devil cocktailThis devilishly dark drink is based around Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, a suitably strong whiskey whose flavors are culled from the whiskey absorbed into the barrels during aging, with a few other citrus flavors to cut through that darkness and add a little gas in your fuel tank. (Or, you know, you can just try “heating up a martini” like the characters in the film.)

2 parts Jim Beam Devil’s Cut
1 part orange liqueur
1 part limoncello
2 parts black cherry juice
1 part Luxardo Amaro
Splash, orange juice

Combine in a cocktail class over ice; serve.

DRINKING RULES FOR RACE WITH THE DEVIL:

  1. Whenever the RV (or any other vehicles) gets damaged or banged up
  2. Any time characters leer at our leads
  3. Every time Fonda and/or Oates reassure their women that everything is okay now

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Warren Oates portentously says, “What’s one more night in the boonies?”

Join us next week as we fill our hearts with love, candy and Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks rom-com shenanigans this Valentine’s Day with Sleepless in Seattle!

 

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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