Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

mystery of the wax museum

This week on Alcohollywood’s Mystery Month, we travel back in time to the days before the Hays code for 1933’s horror film Mystery of the Wax Museum! Intrepid reporter Florence (a speed-talking yet adorable Fay Wray) attempts to work out the secret behind a series of mysterious deaths in New York City. Her journey leads her to the newly opened wax museum led by the ever-so-tragic villain Dr. Ivan Igor (Lionel Atwill), and the thrills keep coming! The last major motion picture filmed in the rare two-strip Technicolor process, the film has a strange quality to it, as the color is effectively painted on artificially, creating a pastel world that only slightly approximates color. In our review, we chat it up about the film, this process, and our custom cocktail and drinking game rules – check it out!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: The Waxsimile 

mystery of the wax museum cocktail1 part lemon and lavender-infused vodka
1 part coconut rum
2 parts almond milk
blueberries
lavender flowers

Muddle blueberries and lavender flowers in shaker; add remaining ingredients and shake. Pour over ice.

 

 

DRINKING RULES FOR MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM:

  1. Anytime Fay Wray talks so quickly you can’t understand what she is saying
  2. Any instance of silhouettes or ominous shadows
  3. Whenever a character gives a blood-curdling scream

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Florence says, “I’m gonna make you eat dirt, you soap bubble!”

Join us next week, when Nick of the music blog Consequence of Sound joins us for the final installment of Mystery Month, where we take on the Beatles TV mindfuck Magical Mystery Tour!

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