Slash & Dine: Megan and Nicole Go to the ‘Vampire Circus’
by Nicole Mikuzis and Megan Owens
There’s nothing better to us than spending a night watching a Hammer film. Take the usual Hammer layout- incredible set designs, Shakespearean acting and hot naked Victorian chicks, add in a gypsy, a dwarf, and some sexually charged, blood-sucking animals and you’ll know the Vampire Circus is in town. Many moons ago, Count Mitterhaus lurked a quiet village where he wooed Anna, a local school teacher’s wife, into his castle with her daughter. Count Mitterhaus drank the blood of the girl & killed her while Anna fell to his lure. The townsmen stormed the castle killing Anna & the count, but not before he cursed the town’s children to come. It’s now years later and the town is plagued by a terrible disease. Just when everyone’s spirits are low, the circus comes to town. Only they’re not there to simply entertain these villagers, but they’re after the blood of it’s children to resurrect Count Mitterhaus. Vampire Circus is a prime example of how vampire stories were intended to be told. You may have seen this flick before on previous releases, but you definitely need to check out the new Synapse Films blu-ray (giveaway hint?!) to see it in the quality it deserves, not to mention all of the awesome new bonus features.
As your ringleaders, let’s get to the opening dish:
Old-fashioned crack jacks
16 cups popcorn
1 cup peanuts
4 Tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp molasses
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. In a saucepan, combine the butter, brown sugar, molasses and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook until the mixture reaches 250 degrees. Stir in vanilla.
Meanwhile, spread popcorn and peanuts on 2 cookie sheets. As soon as the caramel mixture is done, quickly pour it over the popcorn, stirring to coat all of the popcorn.
Place the pans in the oven for 15 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Cool, and store in an airtight container.
Let’s bring out the vampires:
Circus of Blood Cocktail
4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/2 cup milk
2 shots vanilla vodka, amaretto, or rum
4 Tbsp corn syrup
2-3 drops red food coloring
Mix corn syrup and red food coloring. Drizzle down the insides of your glasses. In blender, mix ice cream, milk, and your liquor of choice (we used vanilla vodka). Pour into glasses and drizzle any remaining corn syrup on top. Serves 2.
And for our final act:
Vampire Repelling Garlic Bread
1 head garlic
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 (.25 oz) package active dry yeast
1.5 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp shortening, melted
4 cups flour
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice off the top of the head of garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and wrap in foil. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool. Remove cloves of garlic and set aside.
In mixing bowl, combine yeast, sugar, salt, shortening, and water. Stir to combine. Stir in flour, one cup at a time, and mix until smooth (you do not need to knead). Cover bowl and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Punch down dough. Divide in half. Let rest, covered, for 10 minutes. Roll one half of the dough into a rectangle, about 12 inches long. Sprinkle half of the garlic cloves on the dough and roll up jellyroll style. Divide the remaining dough in half and repeat, but make the rectangles smaller (about 4 inches long). Roll up with the remaining cloves of garlic and shape the rolls into a cross, pinches seams to seal. Place cross on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle top of dough with cornmeal if desired. Cover and let rise 45 minutes.
Cut a few slits in the top of the bread with a sharp knife. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until light brown on top.
Now for that giveaway! Thanks to the amazing folks at Synapse Films, we’ve got a Vampire Circus blu-ray to give to you. Just leave us a comment and let us know what your favorite Hammer film is & why. We’ll pick 1 lucky winner at random and will let you know who that is in our next write up. Don’t forget to follow us on twitter @slashanddine where we’ll post more pics, more recipes, and talk about all things horror!
-Nicole & Megan