Horror-centric streaming service Shudder has released official poser art for their upcoming docu-series “Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror.” The artwork features drag artist Alaska Thunderfuck, who won “RuPaul‘s Drag Race All Stars 2.” “Queer for Fear” is from executive producers Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies”) and Steak House (“Launchpad,” “The Mustang”).
The 4-part limited series will focus on the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the horror and thriller genres. Modern horror gets it root from queer authors like Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde. There was also the pansy craze (drag parties) of the 1920s that heavily influenced things like the Universal Monster movies and the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
The series will also move into alien invasion films of the mid-20th century, and the lavender scare, tapping into the AIDS-obsessed 1980s vampire film. “Queer for Fear” looks at these genres through a queer lense. This series interprets them not as “violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere.”
The episodes will feature interviews with:
- Renée “Nay” Bever, series consultant and co-host of the“Attack of the Queerwolf” podcast.
- Mark Gatiss, co-creator, writer and actor for the BBC’s “Sherlock” and “Dracula.”
- Kimberly Peirce, writer and director of “Boys Don’t Cry” and the 2013 remake of “Carrie.”
- Lea DeLaria, actor in the 2000 adaptation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Orange is the New Black.”
- Jennifer Tilly, who plays Tiffany in several of the “Child’s Play” films.
- Karyn Kusama, director of “Jennifer’s Body” and “Yellowjackets.”
- Leslye Headland, creator of the Netflix original series “Russian Doll.”
- Oz Perkins, writer and director of “Gretel & Hansel.”
- And many more.
“Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror” will debut in Fall 2022 on Shudder. We’ll let you know when a set date gets announced.