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Queer Horror: Candyman

  • The Hollywood Theatre 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Frontage Road Portland, OR, 97212 United States (map)

The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly series QUEER HORROR closes out a year of slasher films with the classic CANDYMAN! Sponsored by Royale Brewing Co and Finger Bang nail salon, this 35mm screening summons Candyman herself in a pre-show starring the House of Shade’s Flawless Shade and Kimber Shade, all hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi!

Directed by Bernard Rose and based on a story by queer horror legend Clive Barker, 1992’s CANDYMAN stars Virginia Madsen as Helen Lyle, a white graduate student studying urban legends at the Cabrini-Green projects in Chicago. After hearing the tale of Candyman (Tony Todd) from resident Anne-Marie (Vanessa Williams), Helen and her friend Bernadette (Kasi Lemmons) soon find themselves face-to-face with a terrifying legend brought to life! One of the first mainstream films to confront the real-life horrors of racism and slavery in the horror genre (and to inspire such films as GET OUT by Jordan Peele, who is currently working on a remake) CANDYMAN hooks you with a lullaby-like score by Philip Glass and will keep you from ever looking into a mirror – or the mirror of American history – the same way again.

Thursday, December 6 at 9:30 PM | $10




QUEER HORROR is a bimonthly festival of genre works by queer artists, performers, and filmmakers questioning horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the monster. Maybe it’s the fact that queer people are so often relegated to shadows of otherness that the horror genre is more immediately relatable for us. We grew up with boogeymen. We’ve lived with boogeymen. Goblins and ghosts are a welcome escape from real-life monstrosities.

From the work of James Whale and John Waters to Patricia Highsmith and Clive Barker, horror has deeply impacted queer culture and sensibilities and QUEER HORROR asks why. QUEER HORROR is programmed and hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi and her human avatar Anthony Hudson, with artwork by resident artist Jason Edward Davis.

Earlier Event: October 25
Queer Horror: Halloween H20
Later Event: February 14
Queer Horror: Seed of Chucky