Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden: “Serious about Beer. Flexible about Table Manners.” And ingenious enough to understand that The Silence of the Lambs is one of those tasty Halloween treats, which some of us want to enjoy year, after year, after year…
I just love how the All Hallow’s Eve season takes different yummy freakiness, mixes them up, and turns the concoction into a party. Last Sunday, the festivity took the shape of beers and a movie. Yep, I had the pleasure of watching The Silence of the Lambs while sipping Vida y Muerte (life and death) beer, a special brew created by 5 Rabbit Brewery in honor of the Day of the Dead.
I’m no beer drinker—unless I’m dancing—but one of the brew’s ingredients is dulce de leche, so as you might be imagining I was more than ready to down a few glasses. Then I didn’t. Not because the beer was bad; on the contrary, it was dark, tasty, and full of substance. However, in all my beer-drinking witlessness, I kind of expected to find chunks of caramel and get lost in a delicious sugar high *sigh*
No worries though, for I was able to get drunk in the movie watchers’ reactions to the insane but charming Dr. Hannibal “the Cannibal” Lecter, and the other creepy
crafty characters in the film. And, my gods, the
comments people made while watching the psycho-thriller were priceless.
There was the occasional “Don’t do it!” “He’s going to kill you” “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!” and the most curious (and totally amazing response) was a silent gesture: when Miggs, one of Lecter’s criminally insane roomies, flings a handful of sperm at Clarice’s face, a girl sitting close to me reached up and wiped her own clean cheek; her expression was loaded with disgust and fear. I’m not sure what her reaction did to me. Maybe it made me feel bad that she felt the violation so deeply. Also, it made me wonder about how fiction affects some people’s reality…
So, this Halloween season, I’ve sipped Vida y Muerte beer, watched fictitious murder, and observed real-life trepidation. What have you been doing, my Wicked Darlings? And more important, what else are you planning to do before October 31st?
If you got here via Lyn’s The Real Witches of Halloween 2012 Blog Tour, and are wondering why today’s post seems to fly a bit on the un-witchy side, I should probably point out that the real Witches of Halloween—at least this Witch—enjoys the wilder side of diversity ;-)
For a hardy laugh, you must listen to this. It’s freaking hysterical… and deliciously creepy.