The Visitor (1979) w/Geekspotting

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This week on Alcohollywood, returning guests and Kat and James (from fellow podcast Geekspotting) join us to help us unpack the 1979 masterpiece The Visitor! A strange Italian mix of Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, and Star Wars, this crazy film follows the interstellar battle between good and evil, as represented by Old Space God (John Huston) and a petulant little hell child named Katy (Paige Conner). Featuring Lance Henriksen as a sadistic basketball team owner and Franco Nero as Space Jesus, this crazy Drafthouse Films discovery is full of surprises. Check it out with us, along with our custom cocktail and drinking game!

CORRECTION: During the mailbag segment, we credit listener Jens Dietrich for being one of our pals at French Toast Sunday – that was a massive brain fart, and not only is Jens not affiliated with French Toast Sunday, he is, in fact, a dude. Many apologies!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Hawk “C-hawk-olate” (alternate title: Nights in White Sateen)

Hawk ChawklateFor The Visitor, we decided to match this movie about a demonic child with a spiked, evil hot chocolate that’ll get even the most petulant demon to smile. Making a nice, gourmet homemade hot chocolate is super easy, but feel free to use your favorite mix if you wanna make it easier. We also threw in Italian spice with a splash of Fernet Branca to match the Italian flavors of this wacky picture. 

½ bar dark chocolate (use white chocolate for the Nights in White Sateen)
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
8oz skim milk
½ tbsp unsalted butter (optional)
1 part marshmallow-flavored vodka
1 part hazelnut liqueur
splash, Fernet Branca
1 part cherry heering

1) To make the hot chocolate, break the chocolate of your choice into a small saucepan under light heat. (Alternatively, heat the chocolate in a glass bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water to ensure your chocolate doesn’t burn.) Add the butter and sugar and stir until combined. Add the milk and whisk until fully mixed.
2) Take the chocolate off the heat and add remaining ingredients. Pour into mug of your choice, garnish with cinnamon stick, cherry, and orange peel (and whipped cream if you like!)

DRINKING RULES FOR THE VISITOR:

  1. Whenever someone ascends or descends a flight of stairs
  2. Any time you see an extreme close-up
  3. Every time Katy Collins gives a whiny insult or curses at an adult

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Jerzy (John Huston) says, “You can’t kill children… only the evil part.”

Join us next week as we kick it old school with the Billy Wilder classic 1945 film The Lost Weekend!

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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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