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Easter: Drinking and Zombie Movies

1 Apr


We celebrate the holidays a bit differently around here. Some would call it “anti-social behavior” perhaps; I like to consider it “differently-social behavior” myself. Maybe it’s because we’re introverted by nature, or slightly warped by our nerdy, cloistered experiences. Who know? All I know is that when my friends get together it usually involves 1) Booze, and 2) Weird conversations. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining at all! This all feels like… home to me.

So, this year for our Easter observance, we decided to watch a few zombie movies and drink. It’s hard for me to remember a better Easter than this one. Now, we do this every year – for the past ten years or so – so we have a lot of zombie movie experience. We have watched all of the classics and more than our share of the really awful ones too. Yet we do our best, every year, to find new and remarkable films. Here is what our lineup was this year:

  • Juan of the Dead – a Cuban horror/comedy, which none of us had seen before
  • Zombieland – perhaps the best of the ‘new’ generation of zombie films
  • Sugar Hill – another unknown; a 1974 ‘blacksploitation’ movie in the voodoo vein
  • Shaun of the Dead – not enough good things can be said about this movie

A lot could be made of our choices, but it ultimately came down to a shrug of the shoulders and, “Whaddya wanna watch next, huh?” With the entire internet at our disposal, we had an embarrassment of options before us. We’ve had much worse movies in the queue in years past.

The drinking portion of our day began right after the first movie ended. It was a little game we called, “The Easter Booze Hunt” – appropriate, if not clever. Our hostess hid miniature bottles of liquor in the front yard of the house and we had to find them. As a bonus, there were small, plastic eggs with candy inside. We raced, snatched up little bottles of booze, and behaved like kids. It was great.

I can’t say that it’s the smartest, most meaningful kind of thing to do. Maybe it would be more ‘healthy’ to spend that time with my family. Maybe this is exactly the kind of standing apart that keep people like me cooped up in my own skin. But as an artist, this is the kind of brain food that my muse needs to get by; this is really returning to The Well. I mean, these are my people. Laughter, thrills, fattening food, and cheap liquor – can you really ask for more?


I hope your Easter was even half as good as mine. Sláinte and all that.

PS: You can expect reviews soon.


(image borrowed from kaptive8)