Flash Gordon (1980)

Flash Gordon

This week on Alcohollywood, Our Fair City’s Lise ‘Kat’ Evans joins us as we hitch a ride on a phallic-looking spaceship to watch the 80s camp classic Flash Gordon! Adapted from the comic strips and film serials of the 1930s and 40s, this Dino De Laurentiis-produced bit of cheese follows intrepid football player/space adventurer Flash Gordon (Sam J. Jones) and his erstwhile girlfriend Dale Arden (Melody Anderson) as they battle the forces of Ming the Merciless (Max Von Sydow) and befriend the Errol Flynn-esque Prince Barin (Timothy Dalton) and blustering hawkman Prince Vultan (BRIAN BLESSED!).

The result is a ridiculous but campy bit of fun that drags a bit, but is nonetheless entertaining – due in no small part to Queen’s rock-infused score we all know and love. Check out our drinking game and custom cocktail below, along with the episode!

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THIS EPISODE’S DRINK: Hot Flash

flash gordon cocktail6 parts Gordon’s gin
1 part absinthe
3 parts white wine
2 parts soda water
splash, rosewater
spoonful of sugar
lemon, orange, cucumber wedges

Combine gin, wine, absinthe, sugar, rosewater and produce in shaker; shake vigorously. Pour into glass and top with soda water. Stir.

DRINKING RULES FOR FLASH GORDON:

  1. Whenever you see flashes of light
  2. Every time you hear sensual moaning or heaving
  3. Whenever someone says the name “Flash”

FINISH YOUR DRINK WHEN:

Dale exclaims “Flash! Flash, I love you, but we only have 14 hours to save the Earth!”

Join us next week when we check out the interesting Blake Edwards-Bruce Willis-James Garner failure Sunset!

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