Something Weird continues to do their bit for the community by unleashing another assortment of educational shorts designed to ram the fear of alcohol abuse right down your thirsty little throats.
This volume kicks off in fine fashion with Alcohol + Auto = Arraignment, a typically twisted piece of hysterical lunacy from the late SID DAVIS (one-time stand-in for John Wayne and surely the Ed Wood of the Classroom Scare genre). As is the norm in the Davis universe, midday in the sun is casually passed off as 2 a.m., as an assortment of drunk-driving losers are forced to attend a class and face up to the issue that led to their drinking problem, most notably a loner student who invites the cool kids over for a party, gets sauced to the gills, then takes a cute girl for a drunken ride on a jock’s motorcycle!
In So You Think You Can Drink and Drive, a James Caan look-alike in a blinding yellow turtleneck oversees a test in LA County where a selection of volunteers – including one gal who admits she only volunteered for the “free booze” – are liquored up with half dozen drinks and monitored as they make their way around a specially devised obstacle course. Naturally, the end result shows that even these die-hard drinkers are shown that they can’t drive drunk.
The brilliant To Your Health (1956) highlights some gorgeous Technicolor animation as it demonstrates the effects and ravages which alcohol can have on both the mind and body, as well as one’s social standing. Produced by the respected Halas and Batchelor studios for the World Health Organization, it resonates with a disturbing, nightmarish surrealism.
Presented by the International Temperance Association of Washington, DC, Verdict at 1:32 gives us yet another look at the potential effects of driving while intoxicated. Within the cheerful confines of a morgue, a surgeon slices up two human brains belonging to vict