Hallo-out your bottle with these drinking games

By on October 24, 2015
By Simon Isham–
Let me give you a piece of advice, kid: don’t start a full-time job or grad school until you’re 21. In the last year, I’ve done both, and it’s terrible. Sometimes, you just need a neat glass of bourbon, but there’s not a drop to drink. Now that I’m finally of age, I get to celebrate the lead-up to my favorite holiday— Halloween —with what I guess is the grown-up version of candy: Netflix and chill(ed bourbon).
And you can too, if you’re legal. Here’s a drinking game for some of my favorite killer shows and movies of now and yesteryear:
American Horror Story — Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
  • Take a shot: Every time The Countess has an outfit change.
  • Take a shot: Every time Mrs. Evers has to change the sheets.
  • Take a shot: Every time Liz Taylor pours a glass.
  • Take a shot: Every time Hypodermic Sally lights one up.
  • Take a shot: Every time Lachlan flips his hair out of his eyes.
  • Take a shot: Every time Holden plays “The Shining” twins in the hallway.
  • Take a shot: Every time a nonwhite person other than Angela Basset appears on screen.
  • Finish the bottle: If Jessica Lange makes a cameo.
The Walking Dead — Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC
  • Take a shot: Every time Rick says “Carl,” “stuff,” or “things.”
  • Take a shot: Every time Daryl and Carol are alone together.
  • Take a shot: Every time a walker is killed with a headshot.
  • Take a shot: Every time a nonwhite character has a line.
  • Take a shot: Every time someone we just met dies.
  • Take a shot: Every time someone calls walkers by a different name.
  • Take a shot: Every time Eugene is in a scene.
  • Finish the bottle: If Daryl dies. Then riot.
Bates Motel — Netflix
  • Take a shot: Every time Norman says “Mother.”
  • Take a shot: Every time you see the Bates Motel sign.
  • Take a shot: Every time Norma screams “Norman.”
  • Take a shot: Every time Dylan has a temper tantrum.
  • Finish the bottle: If Norman sleeps with someone. Anyone.

Psycho – Available for rent at Ekstrom Library

  • Take a shot: Every time the word “Bates” is said.
  • Take a shot: Every time Norman references taxidermy or birds.
  • Take two: If you hear Mrs. Bates speak.
  • Take a shot: Every time a wide shot of the house on the hill is shown.
  • Take a shot: If the classic psycho theme starts playing.
  • Take a shot: If a knife is shown.
  • Finish the bottle: When you get to the shower scene.

The Shining — Netflix

  • Take a shot: When anyone says the name “Torrance.”
  • Take two: If that someone is Danny.
  • Take a shot: If someone talks about the weather.
  • Take a shot: If Jack actually writes something.
  • Take a shot: If you see blood.
  • Finish the bottle: If you notice that the carpet in the hotel is the same as in Sid’s room in “Toy Story.”

Hocus Pocus – Literally every day on ABC Family

  • Take a shot: When the sisters do something in unison.
  • Take a shot: Whenever a character uses cheesy ’90s lingo.
  • Take two shots: Every time you become annoyed by Dani’s laugh.
  • Just keep drinking: Until moments of sexual tension are over.
  • Cheers: Every time Winnie points magic out of her fingers.
  • Take a shot: Every time Thackery Binx (the cat) gets a little too sassy.
  • Finish the bottle: If you catch Max and Dani’s dad make a Dad joke.
Scream: The TV Series — Hulu
Chances are, you didn’t even hear that the Scream franchise — yes, that one — released a TV show on MTV. I’ve been a huge fan of the series, with its witty, self-aware commentary, ever since I saw the first movie, so I was excited to give the show a try. It’s also basically the last project that Wes Craven, who directed Scream and many other horror classics, worked on before he died, so it’s a fitting farewell. You may be wondering: can a horror movie actually work as a TV show? That’s up to the jury. All 10 episodes are already out on Hulu, so you can decide for yourself.
  • Take a shot: Every time the ghostface killer appears on screen.
  • Take a shot: Every time someone unnecessarily takes off an article of clothing.
  • Take a shot: Every time Emma’s phone rings, no matter who’s on the other end.
  • Take a shot: Every time someone goes into an abandoned building.
  • Take a shot: Every time Jake refers to himself as “The Jake.”
  • Finish the bottle: If your favorite character gets killed.

About Simon Isham

Simon Isham is the former Editor-in-Chief of The Louisville Cardinal, where he has worked since 2012. For his reporting at the Cardinal, he has won awards from the Kentucky Press Association and the Louisville chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also written for LEO Weekly and Insider Louisville. He graduated in December 2014.

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