Queer For Fear coming soon to SHUDDER

 A new five-part series exploring the history of queer horror premieres on Shudder 30th September.

The new series on the history of queer horror from executive producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and Steak House (Disney Launchpad, The Mustang), premieres Friday, 30th September.

From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century to the AIDS obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films; through genre-bending horrors from a new generation of queer creators; Queer for Fear re-examines genre stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere.

This 5 episode series features interviews with series consultant Renée “Nay” Bever (“Attack of the Queerwolf” Podcast co-host), Mark Gatiss (Co-Creator, Writer & Actor, Sherlock and Dracula on BBC), Kimberly Peirce (Writer and Director, Boys Don’t CryCarrie (2013), Lea DeLaria (Actor, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2000), Orange is the New Black), Jennifer Tilly (Actor, Child’s Play franchise), Karyn Kusama (Director, Jennifer’s Body, Yellowjackets), Leslye Headland (Creator, Russian Doll), Oz Perkins (Writer & Director, Gretel & Hansel), and more. Episodes will premiere weekly beginning with Episode 1 on Friday 30 September.

Episode 101:

Queer gothic writers Mary Shelley, Oscar Wilde and Bram Stoker invent the horror genre with masterpieces FrankensteinThe Picture of Dorian Gray and Dracula. And when cinema arrives, queer director F.W. Murnau shocks the world with his queer-coded Nosferatu and Hollywood gets on the horror bandwagon and releases its legendary adaptation of Dracula at the height of prohibition and the wild Pansy Craze.

Episode 102:

Legendary gay director James Whale makes four classics for Universal that paved the way for all Hollywood horror movies after; FrankensteinThe Old Dark HouseThe Invisible Man, and The Bride of Frankenstein; but he saw his prolific career dimmed by the conservative Hays code and anti-gay sentiment. And Alfred Hitchcock used queer characters and queer coded stories to keep audiences in suspense throughout his career, most famously casting closeted gay heartthrob Anthony Perkins as his most famous queer villain in his smash hit Psycho. But Perkins’ legendary performance would change his life, and his career, forever.

Episode 103:

In the 1950s and 60s, repression keeps queer characters in the closet while internalized shame transforms them into literal monsters (Wolfman, Cat People) and external pressures like McCarthyism and the Lavender Scare force them to conform (Body Snatchers, I Married a Monster From Outer Space). Stonewall changes everything as queer characters finally get some time in the spotlight (Rocky Horror Picture Show).

Episode 104:

Post-Stonewall, queer characters come out, but explicit representation means we are often cast as the villains. Leather bars (Cruising), queer relationships (Windows, The Fan), and trans identities (Dressed to Kill, Silence of the Lambs) are conflated with violence, obsession, and murder. We see the AIDS crisis reflected back to us in the wave of vampire and body horror films of the 80s (The Hunger, The Fly, The Lost Boys), and track the dangerous queer women of the 90s (Basic Instinct, Single White Female, Bound).

Episode 105:

Queer rage erupts into indie content in New Queer Cinema (Poison, The Living End, Swoon), ushering in a wave of queer creators in mainstream horror franchises (Child’s Play, Scream, Final Destination), and queer representation in contemporary television (Buffy, American Horror Story, True Blood). We look at the state of Queer Horror now (Yellowjackets, Scream 2022), and its future.

  QUEER FOR FEAR premieres on Shudder 30th September 2022. For a 7-day, risk-free trial, visit www.shudder.com.

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