This fall, AMC’s horror streaming service Shudder is putting the genre back in the hands of the LGBTQ+ community in a docuseries titled Queer for fear. Aiming to amplify the voices of a marginalized group of people who have strongly influenced the foundations of horror, the four-part series spoke with those directly involved, or those associated with them, about how the community has shaped films, stories and culture. horror since its earliest days. As fans prepare to binge-watch, Bloody disgusting shared a series of exclusive new posters that reimagine some classic horror icons with a weird twist.
Since Queer for fear going to take a deep dive into the origins of horror mainstays, like Universal Monsters and the very subgenres that make up the horror experience, Shudder has given us some unique new looks at the docuseries. The posters are awash in rich neons, purples, blues and pinks, and highlight horror story characters like the director Alfred Hitchcock and the Bride of Frankenstein. The not-so-subtle queer touch gives the promotional posters a hint of camp and a touch of beauty, savoring the sharp fangs, overt masculinity of Hitchcock and his cigar, and the bold defiance of Grace Jones.
Clever key art puts the queer right into the horror you know. A poster features a drag queen Mayhem Miller as “Reanimated Bride,” in an electric reimagining of Frankenstein’s lover who styles his big hair, but goes bigger, with exaggerated expressions and highlights that elicit absolute joy and scream, “Party!” Miller was popularized the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, and All of RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars Season 5. Orange is the new blackSAG Award Winner Lea De Laria gave Hitchcock a rather handsome spin, honoring an iconic snapshot from the director, while the Electropop artist Saturn Risin9 strikes Grace Jones’ iconic crouching pose in a nod to late ’80s comedy horror Vamp. And finally, another RuPaul‘s proteges, drag performer BenDeLaCremeembodies the “Teen Wolf” transformer, but makes her pretty with wildly accentuated lashes and a bow fashioned from the ripped plaid shirt.
In an exclusive interview at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Collider’s Samantha Coley was able to speak with Queer for fear producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Steak houseas well as docuseries series interviewee and consultant Kimberly Peirce on the inspiration behind the series. When she asked Peirce what makes horror inherently weird, they replied:
“Well, being all freaks, I don’t know if I’m speaking for those freaks. But look, I certainly think that in a culture that has normativity, heteronormativity, gender normativity, when you don’t naturally fit into this normativity, especially in previous generations, when you reach adulthood and you don’t see a reflection of yourself, you become very astute looking between the lines and saying to yourself, “Oh, I think it could be me. I think it could be a future me.”…I was looking a lot between the lines…that all of these layers of power to see us represented and read us into existence until we can really make ourselves exist. So I think you have a very creative audience creating themselves in it. And then we can go into detail about the monsters and horror we all react to.
Queer for fear is produced by Fuller and will include interviews with horror names like Jennifer’s body director Karyn Kusama, chuckyit is Jennifer TillyDeLaria, the son of psychologyit is Anthony Perkins, Oz Perkins (Nope), and more.
You can stream Queer for fear exclusively on Shudder, starting September 29, just in time for Halloween! Discover the posters, photographed by Tayo Kukobelow, along with Coley’s interview from SDCC.
The Shudder Official Queer for fear the synopsis reads as follows:
From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde to the 1920s pansy craze that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the alien invasion films of the mid-20th century “lavender scare” to the AIDS-obsessed bloodshed of ’80s vampire films; through the gender horrors of a new generation of queer creators; “Queer for Fear” re-examines gender stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent and murderous tales, but as survival stories that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere.