Watch: New Doc Series Looks at Horror/Thriller Genres Through a Queer Lens

Saturday August 6, 2022
Originally published on July 25, 2022

Anthony Perkins in "Psycho"
Anthony Perkins in "Psycho"  

"Queer for Fear" is a four-part documentary series about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the horror and thriller genres.

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, through the "lavender scare" alien invasion films of the mid-20th century and the AIDS obsessed bloodletting of '80s vampire films, "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.

The docu-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 Cry," "Carrie" (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.

 

Watch this 10-minute sequence that looks at "Psycho" and its star Anthony Perkins: