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.
Friday, October 27th | 9:30 PM | $10
The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR reanimates its annual short film festival with a Halloween scream! Celebrating one year of women-centric programming, QUEER HORROR HALLOWEEN showcases short films by local and national filmmakers specifically commissioned by hostess-with-the-grossest Carla Rossi with one guideline: make it Satanic and make it feminist. For that extra skip in our swamp witch step, each film is followed by a live death metal burlesque performance by the women of SIGN OF THE BEAST BURLESQUE! Followed immediately by an after-party and costume contest at The Know, QUEER HORROR HALLOWEEN is the reason for the season and a hallowed black mass for women who rise up, rage, and reject!