HORROR OCTORBOR! Three…Extremes (2004)

three extremes
We’re continuing our HORROR OCTORBOR FOUR-BOR world tour of foreign-language horror films this week with returning guest Julia and the 2004 Asian horror anthology Three…Extremes! A triple feature of spooky shorts from Hong Kong (Dumplings, directed by Fruit Chan), South Korea (Cut, directed by Oldboy‘s Chan-wook Park) and Japan (Box, directed by Ichi the Killer’s Takashi Miike) feature a delightfully unsettling mix of scares. From an aging actress turning to a disgusting alternative remedy to keep her vitality, to a disgruntled extra torturing his neglectful director, to a young woman looking for her long-lost sister, this is a fantastic sampler pack to an entire continent’s worth of horror. Check it out along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

NOTE: If Jared sounds a little tinny for the first few minutes, it clears up at about minute 8. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it gets fixed quickly!

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Rolling with the Asian flavors and the dreamlike nature of many of the shorts in Three…Extremes, this particular cocktail is named after the musical from which Cut’s kidnapper takes his goofy dance.

1 part sake
1 part absinthe
5 parts grapefruit juice
1 part limoncello
fresh cucumber
fresh lemongrass

  1. Muddle diced cucumber and lemongrass into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add sake, absinthe and limoncello, shake until combined.
  3. Strain into glass of your choice, top with grapefruit juice, garnish with lemongrass top.


  1.  (Dumplings) Drink whenever you see dumplings, or any other sort of food
  2. (Cut) Drink any time someone gets dismembered or harmed in some way
  3. (Box) Drink every time you see some kind of box


(Box) when Kyoko says, “I had a weird dream…” and her sister replies, “Me too.”

Join us next week as we fly over to Italy, continuing our world tour with the Dario Argento classic Suspiria!

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