ROKU users: Check out Midnight Movie Unchained!

Today, MVD and Rue Morgue sent us word of their new ROKU service, MIDNIGHT MOVIE UNCHAINED.

This FREE horror-centric curated channel offers free with ads movies “carefully selected from the vast MVD film catalog, from underground horror to cult classics.”

For those curious about Midnight Movie Society — their paid service — this new channel is a great way to see what they have in store.

A quick scan of the offerings shows some good picks like FrancescaMrs. ClausPatrickThe VelocipastorShark ExorcistNext of KinHouse SharkSecret SantaThe Neon DeadInvasion of the Blood FarmersDark WatersThe Other Hell, Jess Franco’s Devil HunterDeath Warmed UpThe UncannyZombie 3Eaten Alive! and many more.

For more details, visit the Roku Channel Store.

Recipes and links to get you ready for Friday’s Drive-In Asylum Double Feature!

This Friday, we’re meeting at the Groovy Doom Facebook page at 8 PM for another double feature that will need some strong drinks to get you through. Just like last week, fair warning — both of these films are PACKED with gore. If necrophilia and babysitters getting burned in ovens aren’t your thing, stay away (but please come watch with us!).

Up first is the 1979 Joe D’Amato chunkblower known as Buio Omega. For this, we’ve decided to start simple, because the second cocktail is going to burn out all your brainstems. Well, even my simple is complicated, so here are two recipes:

Dark and Stormy (simple version)

  • 2 oz. dark rum (Goslings Black Seal is traditional, but I use Kraken)
  • 3 oz. ginger beer
  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  1. Fill a highball (or Big Gulp) glass with ice. Add rum.
  2. Pour in ginger beer and lime. Stir, garnish with a lime wedge and drink up.

Beyond the Darkness and Stormy (complicated version, based on this recipe)

  • 2 oz. dark rum
  • 3 oz. ginger beer (go for a lower sugar and spicier brand)
  • 1 oz. spiced simple syrup (read on…)
  • Lime for garnish

Making this recipe means making your simple syrup a few days in advance. To do that, use this recipe:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 sticks cinnamon (making sure to grate a quarter stick into the mix)
  • 30 whole cloves
  • 10 allspice berries (or just double the ground allspice below)
  • 1/4 tsp ground all spice
  • 1 vanilla bean cut in half and seeds scraped out
  • 1/2 tsp fresh grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger sliced (you can always use a dash of dry ginger spice, but I have some rad frozen ginger cubes I’ve been dying to use)
  • 3 oz lime juice

Making simple syrup is, well, simple. Throw everything in a pot and simmer it over medium — not too hot — heat. Once it gets warm, turn it on low and stir it until it thickens on your spoon. Let it cool.

Then, strain out the spices and store it in a container in the fridge.

Here’s how to make this magic work:

  1. Fill a highball (or Big Gulp) glass with ice. Add the ginger beer and then the simple syrup. You’re going to be amazed, because the syrup will sink to the bottom.
  2. Hold a spoon upside down at the top of the glass at the top of the ginger beer later. Pour the rum over the spoon like you’re an absinthe fiend. Prepare yourself to shit your pants at how cool this is. I’m not going to spoil it.

Are you ready to go on a journey? Absurd is one of my favorite movies ever — I know I say that all the time — so this axe murder movie demands, well, a drink that lives up to the ideals of the film itself.

Mikos the Axe Murderer (based on this recipe)

  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1 oz. white rum
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. tequila (I use Espolon)
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • A splash of 7-Up or Sprite or the generic brand of your fancy
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • As much pineapple juice as you want
  1. Throw it in a glass with lots of ice. Get a straw and chop your head off.

I can’t wait to go buy little bottles of everything for this. Seriously, this is going to be an experiment in just how much we can all safely enjoy films and drinking at the same time. That said, you don’t need to drink to enjoy movies. Sobriety is cool, too.

You can watch both of these movies on Tubi.

Beyond the Darkness

Absurd

FRIDAY Drive-in Asylum Double Feature!

This Friday — yes, Friday! — travel to the Groovy Doom Facebook page at 8 PM for another double feature evening! We’re about to travel to 1977, which I always refer to as the end of the world, as pre-millennial tension gives way to serial killing and mayhem.

Up first…the one and done director/writer/producer/editor/stuntman and probaly the caterer too Dave Adams created a movie that posits that Berkowitz wasn’t the only little brat driven to ritualistic murder.

For your drinking pleasure, may I present…

Son of Sam (based on this recipe)

  • 1 1/2 ounces light rum (Bacardi Silver is a decent one)
  • 1/2 ounce apricot brandy (Jacquin’s is a good brand)
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grenadine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Fill your shaker with ice until the dog next door tells you to stop, but probably around half-full. Pour all the ingredients in and mix well.
  2. Strain into the glass of your choice. Some say a cocktail glass but I’m probably going to use my Profundo Russo mug.

Our second film is made on a $3,000 budget 1977 exploitation film that has plenty of credits, but most of them belonging to one man: Roger Watkins, who also made the porn films Corruption and Her Name Was Lisa. It was shot on a camera given to the director by Otto Preminger.

Serial Killer (based on this recipe)

  • 1 ounce coconut rum
  • 1 ounce spiced rum (I’m going with Kraken here)
  • 1 ounce light rum
  • 2 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 3/4 ounces grenadine
  1. Mix everything in your shaker and make the ingredients consider how their children will come at them with knives.
  2. Strain well, pour over ice and keep reminding yourself it’s only a cocktail.

You can watch these movies on Tubi:

Another Son of Sam

Last House on Dead End Street

Get ready for Saturday’s Drive-In Asylum Double Feature!

Are you ready for another late night of crazy movies? I sure am! Bill and I have put together a mix of ads for the films, drink recipes, facts and perhaps even a song about one or both of these movies!

Up first…

It’s The Dark! You’d think Film Ventures International was paying us off with all the attention we’ve been giving them. This movie was originally going to be directed by Tobe Hooper. It was also supposed to be about an autistic child. Then a werewolf. Then an alien. If you’re saying, none of this makes sense, good news. You’re in for it!

To drink along with this movie, we’ve prepared a drink called the Alien Secretion, based on this recipe.

Alien Secretion

  • 2 ounces coconut rum
  • 2 ounces Midori or any other melon liqueur
  • 3 ounces pineapple juice
  • Ice
  • A cherry
  1. Put all of the ingredients in your shaker. Blast them with your glowing laser eyes. Mix it up.
  2. Garnish with a cherry.

The Visitor is a movie I’ve been wanting to do on our show since we started. Prepare to be confounded and blasted into sheer confusin. I love this movie so much and I still have no idea what it’s about.

We’ve searched for a cocktail that is just as strange. Get ready for…

The Visitor (taken from this recipe)

  • 2/3 ounce Dekuyper or Jacquin’s banana liqueur
  • 1 whole egg white
  • 1/3 ounce orange juice
  • 2/3 ounce gin
  • 2/3 ounce triple sec
  • Ice
  1. Mix it all into your shaker. Have a flock of birds fly at it while you run up and down the steps, screaming as glass breaks all over your house.
  2. Pour over ice and enjoy.

To watch these films, we recommend Tubi. Here are the links:

The Dark

The Visitor

See you Saturday at 8 PM EST on the Groovy Doom Facebook page.

Get ready for the next DRIVE-IN ASYLUM double feature!

This week, it’s twice the sharks and all of the copyright issues as we present two movies that may owe a debt to a certain 1975 blockbuster. You can watch us live on the Groovy Doom Facebook page. While you’re at it, grab the insane Drive-In Asylum Shark Special Issue! It even has shark hunter trading cards!

Here’s the trailer!

Up first is Cruel Jaws, a movie so great I wrote about it twice. Bruno Mattei takes shark films to the next level and by that, I mean the most inane and ridiculous lows possible, including a fake Hulk Hogan. I love this movie!

For your drinking pleasure, I’ll be showing you how to mix up this cocktail.

Frozen Jaws 5, based on this recipe

  • Blue Raspberry Cherry PowerAid
  • Blue Curacao (like Bols)
  • White rum
  • Lots of ice
  • A shark gummy treat
  1. Measure out the ingredients based on how much booze you like. Remember that we have a second movie, so maybe start off slowly. Toss all of it in the blender with some ice and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and let that gummy shark swim in. If you’re feeling dangerous, you can use some grenadine to simulate some blood in the water.

We’re following that with Great White, the Enzo G. Castellari-directed movie that is about as shameless a retread as there ever was.

Here’s a drink perfect for the movie!

L’ultimo Squalo Returns, based on this recipe

  • Thinly sliced lemon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1/2 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup rum
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Lots of ice
  • Some maraschino cherries
  • More shark gummys
  1. This one is super simple. Just mix everything together in a pitcher and stir it up.
  2. Make it fancy by grabbing a long toothpick filled with pineapple, cherries and a shark gummy.

This recipe is going to make 4 to 6 cocktails, or one big one, so get ready.

Here’s the links to watch the movies!

DRIVE-IN ASYLUM *double feature* Week 5: “Cathy’s Curse” and “The Children”

Last week, Bill and I watched Cathy’s Curse and The Children with a whole bunch fo great people via the https://www.facebook.com/GroovyDoom/Groovy Doom Facebook page. We’ll be back this Saturday, but we wanted to share the latest episode with you.

Here are the drink recipes, if you want to try them.

Cathy’s Green Eyes, based on this recipe

  • 1 oz. Melon Liqueur, like Midori, which is totally a stripper name
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum (or be cheap like me and just use the same rum you bought last week)
  • 1/2 oz. Cream Of Coconut (grab a can of that stuff that has the 1950’s artwork that has never changed)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Fresh Lime Juice (half a lime will do)
  1. Get a whole mess of ice and put it in your shaker. Whatever ends up in it, combine the melon liqueur, rum, cream of coconut, fresh lime juice and pineapple juice. Shake it up.
  2. Add ice to a glass and pour the mix in.

 

Black Nails

  • 1 can Diet Dr. Pepper (or Dr. Pepper)
  • 2 oz. Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Cream Of Coconut
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Fresh Lime Juice (half a lime)
  1. Put the cream of coconut and lime juice in a glass and stir it up until it mixes well and you have no chunks. Drop in some ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the rum, stir again. Finally, add in the Dr. Pepper slowly, stirring until everything mixes well. If you want to be thematic to the movie, microwave it until it kills a local doctor.

THIS SATURDAY! DRIVE-IN ASYLUM DOUBLE FEATURE!

It’s another Drive-In Asylum Double Feature! I’m beyond excited, because honestly, if I ever got to show one movie in a theater and talk about it or do the commentary track on a blu ray, it would be Cathy’s Curse, which is absolutely one of my favorite movies of all time.

Here’s what you need to enjoy the movies!

Cathy’s Curse: While you have so many options to watch this movie, you should own the Severin blu ray of this movie. Seriously. But that fucker now.

As you may know, we serve up cocktails with each movie. Here’s a recipe so you can enjoy the film along with me.

Cathy’s Green Eyes, based on this recipe

  • 1 oz. Melon Liqueur, like Midori, which is totally a stripper name
  • 1 oz. Coconut Rum (or be cheap like me and just use the same rum you bought last week)
  • 1/2 oz. Cream Of Coconut (grab a can of that stuff that has the 1950’s artwork that has never changed)
  • 1 1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Fresh Lime Juice (half a lime will do)
  1. Get a whole mess of ice and put it in your shaker. Whatever ends up in it, combine the melon liqueur, rum, cream of coconut, fresh lime juice and pineapple juice. Shake it up.
  2. Add ice to a glass and pour the mix in.

Up next…

The ChildrenDon’t own the Vinegar Syndrome version of this movie? We got you covered.

Ready to drink as you watch a bunch of toddlers murder an entire town? Good news. I’ve created this recipe for you and wow…it’s one sweet way to get your head spinning.

Black Nails

  • 1 can Diet Dr. Pepper (or Dr. Pepper)
  • 2 oz. Rum
  • 1/2 oz. Cream Of Coconut
  • 1/2 oz. (15ml) Fresh Lime Juice (half a lime)
  1. Put the cream of coconut and lime juice in a glass and stir it up until it mixes well and you have no chunks. Drop in some ice cubes.
  2. Pour in the rum, stir again. Finally, add in the Dr. Pepper slowly, stirring until everything mixes well. If you want to be thematic to the movie, microwave it until it kills a local doctor.

You can also watch Cathy’s Curse on Shudder and The Children on Amazon Prime.

We’ll see you at 8 PM this Saturday at the Groovy Doom Facebook page!