This week on Alcohollywood, Keith Phipps of The Next Picture Show joins us to talk John Carpenter’s 1994 Lovecraftian mind-bender In the Mouth of Madness! When grizzled/semi-New Zealander insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is tasked with tracking down the missing horror writer Sutter Cane (get it? like Stephen King?), he finds himself in a metatextual nightmare where the lines between realty and fiction are intriguingly blurred. It’s a curiously effective mix of campy horror chills, impressive practical effects, and mind-bending twists, so check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!
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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Gin the Mouth of Madness
Combine in pilsner glass; garnish with long, thin strips of orange, lemon and lime peel to create those Cthulu tentacles we all love so much.
DRINKING RULES FOR IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS:
1) Drink whenever you see Sutter Cane merchandise
2) Drink any time Sam Neill expresses doubt in the seriousness of this situation
3) Drink every time Sam Neill gets a cigarette out (he doesn’t even have to light it)
FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:
Sam Neill impishly whispers, “There’s a movie.”
Join us next week as we get metatextual with the Martin McDonough’s crime comedy In Bruges!