October is here and a podcaster’s mind drifts to thoughts of horror movies.
Granted, I’m not really a horror aficionado – there are thousands, if not millions, out there far more invested in the realm of the macabre than I. However, I do have a select pocket of films I reserve for this time of year…and most involve the criminally underrated Kurt Russell.
Those who love Kurt Russell tend to be a touch fanatical. He is, after all, an A-list actor who has stared in some of the most brilliantly bizarre blockbusters: From the xenomorhic exterminator R.J. McReady to braggart quasi-hero Jack Burton to lethally apathetic Snake Plissken to historic bad-ass Wyatt Earp to the flamboyantly macho Captain Ron, Russell brings to each role a swift and diligent charisma that lets us believe, even for a moment, that we would be half as cool under a quarter of the pressure.
But his tough-guy roles are only one end of the pool. He’s played losers and menacing marauders. He’s been victim and victimized. But above all else he makes each role unmistakably his. Kurt Russell is The Man.
This month began as a tribute to my favorite horror film of all time, The Thing, and quickly blossomed into a discourse of only a fraction of Russell’s 91 acting credits. So enjoy and Rage Well.
The drink for this episode was going to be the Snake (Plissken) Bite. A drink consisting of half cider and half beer. Then I tried it and decided I wasn’t tough enough for that sorta venom. So, instead, you get The White Lantern (thanks JD for the name). It’s a great drink for those nights when the scratch at your window maybe a morphing monster of dubious intentions.
The White Lantern:
3/4 cup of a medium roast coffee. Black.
1/4 Kahlua Pumpkin Spice
1 shot Vodka
Milk to taste
Cover the whole thing in whipped cream and Mexican hot chocolate.
Drink to keep the creepers away.
The Krontjong Devils – Space Creature
The Cosmic Vampires – Panico en Urano
The Abstinence – Horror Tetrico
Los Straightjackets – Galaxy Drive
Los Twang! Marvels – Space Tiki Twist
The Space Cossacks – The Space Victory Theme
The Pornadoes – Cosmic Sign
The Starfires – Space Needle
Dick Dale – Scalped
Jack Nietzie – The Last Race
Agent Orange – Pipeline
Frankie and the Poolboys – Dead Man Surfin’
Santo & Johnny – Caravan
Mexican Weirdohs – El Bueno, El Malo, y El Weirdoh
Untamed Youth – Sophisticated International Playboy
Ursala 1000 – Beatbox Cha Cha
The Dynotones – Devil’s Martini
The Phantom Dragsters – Prince of Darkness
Phantom Surfers – 20,000 Leagues Under the Surf