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Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, will explore the history of queer horror films in a new feature-length documentary from writer/director Sam Wineman. The project follows on the heels of “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,” which shed new light on how African American characters and creators were used — and misused — across a century of genre cinema. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year.
The untitled documentary will explore the complex, fascinating history of queer horror on film, through the works of pioneering queer creators like James Whale and Clive Barker. The film will examine the coded, sometimes problematic, depiction of LGBTQ+ characters in films like “Sleepaway Camp,” “High Tension” and “Jennifer’s Body.” It will chart the course of queer subjects and creators in the horror genre from the silent era through the present day.
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The project is expected to premiere next year, Shudder announced today. It will be the platform’s second original feature documentary.
The project will be assembled by members of the “Horror Noire” team, including executive producers Phil Nobile Jr. (Fangoria) and Kelly Ryan (Stage 3), as well as consulting producer Michael Varrrati, an out gay screenwriter who hosts the horror podcast “Dead for Filth.”
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