QUEER HORROR screens bimonthly at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, OR.
JUNE 18, 2015
Directed by Robert Hiltzik, SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983) follows the painfully shy and slightly traumatized Angela (Felissa Rose), as she moves in with her eccentric (see also: bizarre) aunt Martha and cousin Ricky following a family tragedy. Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak for summer camp, and soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders? Beyond its undeniable queerness – and a suprising amount of queer characters – SLEEPAWAY CAMP is remarkable for being one of the few camp slashers to actually feature adolescent actors, while the final revelation of the killer’s identity is one of the most shocking climaxes in the history of American cinema.
FREDDY'S REVENGE: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2
AUGUST 27, 2015
Directed by John Sholder, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 (1985) follows teenager Jesse (out actor Mark Patton) as he moves with his family into the old Elm Street house from the first film. Jesse starts waking from nightmares of a man with a burned face and knives for fingers until he finds himself possessed to continue Freddy Krueger’s bloody legacy of fvengeance on the townspeople that burned him alive. Co-starring genre legend Clu Gulager and Meryl Streep-lookalike Kim Myers, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2 is remarkable not only for its unabashedly homoerotic subtext but also for its odd twist on an Elm Street sequel – in which the filmmakers were yet to decode Freddy Krueger’s popularity and didn’t know just what formula to apply to the franchise.
DECEMBER 17, 2015
Made by the original team of Jim Sharman & Richard O’Brien, SHOCK TREATMENT (1981) follows Brad & Janet as they return to their hometown of Denton, USA and compete in a game show to test their marriage – after all, Denton isn’t just the “home of happiness,” it’s also a newly-corporatized TV studio where every citizen is either on camera or in the audience at all times. Starring Jessica Harper (SUSPIRIA, PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE), Barry Humphries (DAME EDNA), and featuring the return of ROCKY HORROR’s unholy trinity of Patricia Quinn, Little Nell, and Richard O’Brien, SHOCK TREATMENT predicts reality TV and Kardashian-era celebrity through a killer rock ‘n’ roll score in the strangest, loudest, and most electrifying sequel you’ve never seen.
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
Directed by Tom Holland, FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) follows Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale), a horror-obsessed boy next door who becomes convinced that his hunky new neighbor (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire! Featuring an almost entirely LGBT supporting cast including the legendary Roddy McDowall as vampire hunter Peter Vincent plus Married with Children’s Amanda Bearse and actor-turned-porn star Stephen Geoffreys, FRIGHT NIGHT is one of the most treasured gems of ‘80s horror films – and it’s as queer as it is full of gnarly effects makeup and buckets of blood.
APRIL 14, 2016
Directed by Alexandre Aja, HIGH TENSION (2003) follows best friends Marie (Cécile de France) and Alex (Maïwenn) as they head to Alex’s family home in rural France for a study weekend. After a brutal home invasion leaves Alex kidnapped in the night, Marie must survive a bloody game of cat-and-mouse to save her friend from a twisted killer. Hailed as one of the founding films of the French Splatter genre (followed by gems like INSIDE, FRONTIERS, and MARTYRS), and featuring a plot twist you have to see to believe (and won’t believe once you see it), HIGH TENSION is an arterial spray of suspense and ultraviolence that will leave you tickled French.
JUNE 30, 2016
The follow-up to Waters’ breakout classic PINK FLAMINGOS, DESPERATE LIVING (1977) finds Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole, aka the Meryl Streep of trash) on the run with her maid Grizelda (Jean Hill) after the accidental smothering death of her husband. The two stumble upon Mortville, a shantytown of criminals ruled by the insane Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey), and soon find themselves embroiled in a civil war fought with witches, cannibalism, lesbian prison sex, rabies, and a one-armed stripper named Flipper (Cookie Mueller). Featuring some of Waters’ most quotable lines, deviant characters, and his most bizarre plot ever, DESPERATE LIVING embodies the words QUEER HORROR with filthy, dirty perfection.
AUGUST 18, 2016
Directed by out filmmaker Andrew Fleming, THE CRAFT (1996) follows new girl in school Sarah (Robin Tunney) as she falls in with a trio of witchy outcasts led by uber-goth Nancy (Fairuza Balk). Together the new coven discovers the powers of magic, makeovers, and murder in true coming-of-age style. Co-starring Neve Campbell and Rachel True, THE CRAFT is a demonic convergence of goth and girl power that continues to inspire new generations of witches, weirdos, and queers.
OCTOBER 13, 2016
Directed by Tim Burton, BEETLEJUICE (1988) follows Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis) after a sudden car accident leaves them haunting their own home. Soon these two fledgling ghosts seek the help of “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to banish the well-to-do Deetzes before their once-quaint farmhouse gets turned into New York’s trendiest new summer art center. Featuring iconic starring turns from Catherine O’Hara & Winona Ryder as Delia and Lydia Deetz – and out actor Glenn Shadix as the unapologetically-in-your-face queer psychic interior designer Otho – BEETLEJUICE celebrates a campy and colorful otherworld where art is dangerous, family is chosen, women call the shots, and outsiders can proudly proclaim: “I myself am strange and unusual…”
ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
Directed by Barry Sonnenfield, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES (1993) picks up as a mustachioed baby Addams is born, Wednesday and Pugsley head off to summer camp, and Uncle Fester falls for a black widow killer looking for love and a Ballerina Barbie. Written by out screenwriter Paul Rudnick with music by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray) and starring queer icons Anjelica Huston, Christina Ricci, Carol Kane, Christine Baranski, Dana Ivey, and the incomparable Joan Cusack as Debbie, ADDAMS FAMILY VALUES turns the family film on its (severed) head like only the Addams clan can.
FEBRUARY 14, 2017
Directed by revolutionary trans sisters Lana & Lilly Wachowski (THE MATRIX, SENSE 8), 1996’s BOUND follows Violet (Jennifer Tilly), a mobster’s girlfriend, and ex-con-for-hire Corky (Gina Gershon) as the two fall head over heels and hatch a daring plot to run off with $2 million in blood money in a deadly race against time. Featuring some of the steamiest love scenes in any mainstream film and responsible for the meteoric rise of the Wachowskis, BOUND offers an adrenaline-fueled Sapphic twist on Mafia heist films guaranteed to hit straight in the heart.
SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE
APRIL 6, 2017
Written by queer activist Rita Mae Brown and directed by Amy Holden Jones, 1982’s SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE follows high school senior Trish Devereaux (Michelle Michaels) as she invites her best friends over for the titular sleepover only to become targets of an escaped killer with a predilection for power drills. Relying on each other – and with help from their high school Coach Jana (Pamela Roylance) – the women band together to take down the killer in a Freudian climax that paved the way for feminist revenge fantasies as far-reaching as Quentin Tarantino’s DEATH PROOF to Disney’s MALEFICENT.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
JUNE 15, 2017
Written by Lona Williams and directed by Michael Patrick Jann, 1999’s DROP DEAD GORGEOUS follows Minnesotan teenage beauty queens vying for the title of American Teen Princess – and the killer intent on taking out the competition! Bringing together a jaw-droppingly talented cast including Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, Mindy Sterling, Nora Dunn, Mo Gaffney, and the film debut of Amy Adams, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS is an endlessly-quotable black comedy and a modern camp classic that proves if looks can kill, laughter is twice as deadly.
DEATH BECOMES HER
AUGUST 24 & 26, 2017
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, 1992’s DEATH BECOMES HER turns lifelong Hollywood rivals Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) and Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) into immortal frenemies after they acquire an elixir of youth kept by the mysterious Lisle von Rhoman (Isabella Rossellini). Unfortunately everlasting youth – and Madeline and Helen’s feud – survives well after their pulses cease. Also featuring Demi Moore’s ex-husband Bruce Willis, DEATH BECOMES HER is jam-packed with breakthrough effects, iconic one-liners, and legendary performances that cement its status as a camp classic for an eternity to come.
DECEMBER 14, 2017
Directed by Tim Burton, 1992’s BATMAN RETURNS pits Batman (Michael Keaton) against an inexperienced shock politician (Danny DeVito) funded by a woman-murdering CEO (Christopher Walken). Meanwhile, as the men of Gotham squabble amongst themselves, the mysterious vigilante Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) is born from beneath a swarm of alleycats and prowls the streets of Gotham in search of vengeance. Simultaneously the greatest and least-Batman film ever made, BATMAN RETURNS is the only gothic childhood Christmas classic featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees and an exaltation of the avenging, chaotic feminine led by the battle cry “I am Catwoman – hear me roar!”
BRIDE OF CHUCKY
FEBRUARY 14, 2018
Directed by Ronny Yu, 1998’s BRIDE OF CHUCKY throws a queer femme wrench in the CHILD’S PLAY series when Chucky’s old flame Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) finds the original Good Guy doll and resurrects her grimly beloved – but old habits die hard and Tiffany finds herself trapped in a doll’s body for one hell of a honeymoon! Featuring Alexis Arquette, Katherine Heigl, Kathy Najimy, and Brad Dourif as Chucky – and written by Don Mancini, the out queer mastermind behind each entry in the so-far-seven-part franchise – BRIDE OF CHUCKY sets the groundwork for the funniest, craziest, and queerest slasher series of all time.
FRIDAY THE 13th PART VII
FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018
Directed by John Carl Buechler, 1988’s FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII follows telekinetic teenager Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) after she unwittingly frees Jason (Kane Hodder) from beneath Crystal Lake and fearlessly commits to returning the hockey masked-slasher from whence he came! Featuring out queer actors Kevin Spirtas, Susan Blu, William Butler, Craig Thomas, and Jeff Bennett in a camp-fest that can only be described as Carrie Goes to Camp Crystal Lake, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD is as insane and unstoppable as the bloodline of Pamela Voorhees herself!
JUNE 21, 2018
Directed by Wes Craven and written by out queer screenwriter Kevin Williamson, 1996’s SCREAM follows final girl Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) as a ghost-faced killer knocks off her friends one by one – and the only way to survive this real-life scary movie is to know the rules! Featuring Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, David Arquette, and Drew Barrymore in one of the most iconic opening scenes of all time, SCREAM completely altered the course of millennial horror – inspiring its own franchise, TV series, and decades of imitators – and continued a century-long legacy of queer filmmakers shaping the cultural consciousness of an entire film genre with gleeful wit and buckets of blood.
THE FINAL GIRLS
AUGUST 23, 2018
Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and written by Joshua John Miller and his husband M.A. Fortin, 2015’s THE FINAL GIRLS takes recently-orphaned Max (Taissa Farmiga) to a memorial screening of the ‘80s camp slasher film CAMP BLOODBATH starring her late actress mother (Malin Akerman). After a freak accident in the theater, Max and her friends find themselves trapped inside the movie itself, leaving Max to team up with her mother’s cinematic doppelganger against an omnipotent ‘80s slasher. Also starring Alia Shawkat and Adam Devine, THE FINAL GIRLS is like CABIN IN THE WOODS meets THE LAST ACTION HERO, but as a harrowing, hilarious, and heart-wrenching homage to the horror genre and the women who lead it.
OCTOBER 25, 2018
Directed by Steve Miner from a treatment by producer and out queer screenwriter Kevin Williamson (SCREAM), 1998’s HALLOWEEN: H20 finds Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) living under an assumed identity as a private school headmistress in Northern California, two decades after she became the sole survivor of her brother’s bloody rampage in Haddonfield. When Michael returns to finish what began on Halloween night in 1978, Laurie must rediscover her inner survivor to save not just her own life but those of her only son (Josh Hartnett) and his girlfriend (Michelle Williams). Also starring LL Cool J and Joseph Gordon Levitt, HALLOWEEN: H20 is the original sequel to ignore the rest of the franchise and pit Laurie Strode in a relentless fight to the death with Michael Myers – and in the process creating a feminist warrior more fierce than death itself.
December 6, 2018
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.
SEED OF CHUCKY
February 14, 2019
Written and directed by series creator and out queer filmmaker Don Mancini, 2005’s SEED OF CHUCKY drops Chucky (Brad Dourif) and Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) in Hollywood on the set of film-within-a-film “Chucky Goes Psycho,” starring Oscar nominee Jennifer Tilly herself! But this time the killer couple finds themselves raising their non-binary child Glen – or Glenda? – (Billy Boyd) and plotting to take over Jennifer Tilly and Redman’s bodies in order to establish a nuclear family all their own. Also starring the High Pope of Trash John Waters, SEED OF CHUCKY plays like KRAMER VS. KRAMER with a family of murderous dolls, and firmly establishes the CHILD’S PLAY franchise as the absolute queerest, funniest, and most risk-taking and genre-bending slasher series of all time!
THE STEPFORD WIVES
March 15, 2019
Adapted from Ira Levin’s classic thriller, 1975’s THE STEPFORD WIVES follows photographer Joanna Eberhart (Katharine Ross) as she moves with her husband and children to a quiet suburban community in Connecticut. But something strange is happening in the town of Stepford, where the local women have replaced their careers and ambitions with cooking and cleaning – at least ever since the town’s defunct women’s group was visited by Betty Friedan – and Joanna and fellow newcomer Bobbie (Paula Prentiss) find themselves in a race against time to learn what lurks behind the walls of the Stepford Men’s Association. Derided upon its release for being both too “anti-men” and “a rip-off of the women’s movement,” this incisive and ahead-of-its-time satire is more relevant, hilarious, and terrifying than ever before.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
April 11, 2019
Directed by Jonathan Demme and based on the book by Thomas Harris, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS opens with FBI trainee Clarice Starling (out queer actor Jodie Foster) being assigned to interview Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with the hope of profiling and catching a serial killer called Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). But Clarice and Hannibal form an unlikely connection that will radically alter not only their lives but that of the Senator’s daughter (Brooke Smith) trapped in Bill’s well. Winner of the “Big Five” Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Screenplay), THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is a modern-day Persephone myth that is as problematic and complex as it is staunchly feminist, queer, and absolutely terrifying.
June 13, 2019
Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson from the smash-hit video game series, RESIDENT EVIL opens with Alice (Milla Jovovich) waking up in a mansion without memories – until she’s quickly swept away by a tactical response team into the Hive, the evil Umbrella Corporation’s underground biological weapons lab where a nefarious security system will stop at nothing to contain an unfolding outbreak of the zombifying T-Virus. Co-starring out queer actor Michelle Rodriguez and featuring a score co-composed by Marilyn Manson, RESIDENT EVIL is ground zero for the relentless and completely bonkers action franchise starring perpetual badass and queer icon Milla Jovovich!
HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT 2
September 5, 2019
Directed by Bruce Pittman from a script by out gay screenwriter Ron Oliver, 1987’s HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT 2 – connected to 1980’s PROM NIGHT only in name and setting at Hamilton High – opens with 1950’s bad girl Mary Lou Maloney (Lisa Schrage) dying in a smoke bomb accident at her coronation as prom queen. Thirty years later, the vengeful spirit of Mary Lou makes her homecoming and possesses good girl Vicki (Wendy Lyon) so she can finally live the prom night of her dreams – and everyone else’s nightmares! Co-starring genre legend Michael Ironside, HELLO MARY LOU: PROM NIGHT 2 is a wild, sleazy joyride with one of the most liberated and unapologetic killer women in horror, leading Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron (on the How Did This Get Made? podcast) to say of it, “I have seen hardcore porn with less horniness than this movie!”
Thursday, October 31 | 9:30 PM | $10
The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly series QUEER HORROR haunts Halloween night with ELVIRA: MISTRESS OF THE DARK! Sponsored by Double Mountain Brewery, Finger Bang Nail Salon, and Lincoln Memorial Park & Funeral Home, this spooky screening is hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi and opens with a pre-show tribute to horror hostesses throughout time featuring PDX burlesque all-stars Wanda Bones, Hai Fleisch, and Rummy Rose!