Queer for Fear History of LGBTQIA

Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror is a four-part docuseries about LGBTQIA+ authors, directors, and more in the horror realm, and historical events that factored into the creation of iconic milestones within the genre. Featuring actors, directors, experts, drag stars, and more weighing in with their experiences, it has a fascinating, rounded, and candid approach to the topic.

“From Executive Producers Bryan Fuller and Steak House, Queer for Fear is a four-part documentary series about the history of the LGBTQ+ community in the horror and thriller genres. From its literary origins with queer authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that influenced Universal Monsters and Hitchcock; from the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century to the AIDS-obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films; through genre-bending horrors from a new generation of queer creators; Queer for Fear re-examines genre stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere.”

With personal examples from the guests that many viewers will relate to, whilst absorbing historical insights and timelines that connect many of the pieces of media together, Queer for Fear will cement your appreciation for both horror media and its creators.

Queer for Fear The History of Queer Horror

By exploring the themes of otherness, being an outsider, forbidden temptation, and more, the parallel between LGBTQIA+ and media monsters is examined in depth from insiders’ perspectives via thoughtful, in-depth analysis. The frank, inclusive attitude makes the documentary engaging and fun, handling sometimes heavy material in a reverent yet fun manner.

Interesting cuts, clips, and a fascinating variety of cast members kept the pace fresh throughout each episode. The type of content also changes each episode — whether discussing authors, classic horror films, or more modern content — so something for everyone will be covered. There’s even a look at how things like the Hayes Code affected and changed what could happen within horror, and what sorts of shifts occurred afterward.

Another advantage to the series is how future viewings of the discussed films will surely be enhanced after watching Queer for Fear. By understanding not only more of the themes, but also what the creators have undergone, one’s perspective and understanding is significantly altered. You’ll surely enjoy each piece even more after having watched this series and then revisiting your favorites.

Norman Bates Queer for Fear
A B&W portrait shot of Norman Bates (played by Anthony Perkins) from Psycho (1960).

One example that truly resonated was an interview with Anthony Perkin’s son, filmmaker Oz Perkins. Anthony played Norman Bates in the original Psycho and lived a closeted life. The reflections his son gave were impactful and need to be experienced firsthand by watching the series.

For those looking for an inclusive documentary, this will definitely hit the spot (you know which one!). Yet the historical elements also made it extremely educational for those looking to learn about the roots of horror in a more generalized sense. Those who appreciated The Movies That Made Us will surely enjoy this series brought to you by Shudder. You can check it out with our code for a 14-day free trial via our promo:

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