The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

hand that rocks the cradle

This week on Alcohollywood, we dredge up our lost episode from a couple weeks ago – we originally did a minisode in its stead, but we can finally bring it to you for your listening pleasure!

Today, returning guest Derek joins us to talk The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, the 1992 domestic thriller starring Annabella Sciorra and Rebecca De Mornay, about a normal suburban mom and the crazy widow of the mom’s former molester, who is now masquerading as an innocent nanny in order to get close to her and take her revenge(?). Thrill as we talk about the logistics of De Mornay’s plan, the best “understanding husband” character in film history, and the film’s Home Alone-for-grown-ups finale. Along the way, nurse your troubles away with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Smother’s Day

Taking a risk this week, we decided to use baby food as the basis for this drink, along with some floral notes from the crème de violette to match Annabella Sciorra’s gardening habit. Enjoy, and keep out of the reach of children! (NOTE: Be sure to shake vigorously when making the drink, to ensure that the baby food is broken up appropriately.

1 tbsp peach baby food (or just peach puree)
2 parts silver rum
1 part crème de violette
2 parts orange juice
2 parts white tea

  1. Add baby food, rum and crème de violette in shaker with ice; shake the exact opposite way you would shake a baby – VIGOROUSLY.
  2. Strain into a glass, and top with orange juice and white tea. Chase with a hit from your asthma inhaler.

DRINKING RULES FOR THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE:

  1. Whenever a character leers at another (i.e. ominous stares at other characters)
  2. Tasteful sideboob
  3. Anytime Rebecca De Mornay actively tries to drive an emotional wedge between other characters

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

The daughter shouts “YOU’RE NOT MY MOMMY!” before turning Kevin McAllister on the evil nanny.

Join us next week as we check out John Cusack’s Edgar-Allen-Poe-as-Se7en Gothic thriller The Raven!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound, Crooked Marquee and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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