January 16, 2019
Happy New Queer! Your favourite homo horror podcast takes a whistle stop tour through 2018, the year that gave us Hereditary, Halloween and Mandy! But which films were just overhyped and underwhelming? What was the underdog that stole mine and Martin's hearts? What film traumatised me so much I couldn't look at the screen? Why does Stephen love Strangers: Prey at Night so much, and why does Jonathan Butler insist we "just watch The Happening"?
Find out, listen to this new episode and get yourselves lubed up for a whole new year of Screaming Queenz!
December 17, 2018
There's nowt so queer as folk horror, as the old saying goes. Well, sort of. The folk horror subgenre was kick-started by the strange, hypnotic and utterly spellbinding 1973 classic, The Wicker Man. The tale of a devoutly religious policeman who finds himself looking for a missing child on the remote Pagan island of Summerisle, The Wicker Man pushed the boundaries with its depiction of sexual freedom, alternative living and its truly shocking finale. So why didn't it find its audience upon release? And just why did Christopher Lee read poetry to a snail?
In our last episode of 2018 we're jumping naked over flames, rubbing our breasts against the wall and gobbling up frogs. It's so blasphemous we could just scream! Settle down and listen to our take on what has been called "The Citizen Kane of horror"...
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December 6, 2018
In the latest of our 3-parter on Part 3s, we look at Final Destination 3! Considered the fan favourite of the franchise, FD3 was where the series upped the camp, upped the humour, and gave us good gory fun without all that serious existential dread stuff to get in the way. From bimbos roasting on tanning beds to muscle jocks getting their heads crushed, this movie is a rollercoaster ride... that begins with a rollercoaster ride! Listen and hear what we made of it, and how we somehow end up talking about Zac Efron's dick. Standard Screaming Queenz then.
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November 24, 2018
The Mother of Sighs is back in a brand spanking new remake of Suspiria! Running at 152 minutes and daubed in earth tones and slow contemplative shots of rain-soaked divided Berlin, Luca Guadagnino's vision of Suspiria is a far cry from the original. As all remakes should be. But is it any good? Does this new trawl through dance school witchcraft breathe foul new life into the story or is it simply an exercise in snobbery and self-indulgence? Well there's only one way to find out. Listen to our review! No spoilers for first 10 mins but then the hooks are out. Don't forget to give us your feedback - we are now on Facebook! Search Screaming Queenz Podcast.
October 31, 2018
Happy Gialloween! This year we’re taking a psycho-sexual trip to rural Italy for Sergio Martino’s slasherific giallo, Torso! Starring Suzy Kendall, Torso finds a bunch of sexy co-ed students stalked, strangled and dismembered by a masked maniac. Sound familiar? It should, because an entire subgenre of horror came to fruition less than a decade after this film was made. Pitting witty female characters against dumb, lecherous men, Torso is a fun ride that’s not quite as convoluted as some of the other gialli we’ve covered. But did we like it?
Draw the curtains, pour yourself a J&B and ignore the little shits knocking at your door for candy! Listen, enjoy and give us your feedback. Find me on twitter @jonnylarkin!
October 30, 2018
Happy Halloween! In the first of our Halloween specials we're reviewing the reboot sequel rebootquel 'Halloween', where Michael Myers comes home to Haddonfield 40 years after his original killing spree. He doesn't count, however, on Laurie Strode - who is DEFINITELY not his sister - waiting for him with an arsenal of weapons. Is it a fight to the death? Is it any good? Does it live up to the hype? Hear our uncensored opinions in this episode.
The first 15 mins are spoiler free and then we let you have it both barrels!
October 25, 2018
Screaming Queenz go live! Yes this is our first ever live podcast in front of a gorgeous audience. We look at Theatre of Blood (1973), the campest of the camp and the perfect choice for a screening in an abandoned department store! Vincent Price and Diana Rigg chew up the scenery and slice and dice their way through stuck up theatre critics using methods from Shakespeare plays, with grisly and hilarious results. Hear our take on the film, with everything from poodle pie to the sympathy we felt for the insane Edward Lionheart no matter how operatic the murders he committed! But which cast member was he having an affair with? And just who is the Hollywood power bottom who lived across the street? All this and more, plus we’re joined by our special guest Chris Brown (The Last Horror Podcast, Video Nasties Podcast). Thank you to Empty Spaces Cinema for giving us a stage and a wonderful audience!
October 11, 2018
Jonathans Butler and Larkin had the pleasure of seeing the cult-classic-in-the-making, Mandy. Starring Nicolas Cage, this insane fever dream of a film concerns hippy cults, murder, a lot of vodka, oh and a demonic biker gang! But does it live up to the hype? And just what IS a Cheddar Goblin? Find out in our review. There are spoilers along the way, but if you want to find out if it's any good or not, just listen to the first 10 minutes and we'll let you know without giving too much away!
October 9, 2018
In the first of our look at our favourite sequels, we're taking on Paranormal Activity 3. Considered by fans to be the strongest of the series, PA3 is often lumped in with the 'fad' of found footage horror. But giving the series a strong mythology and offering up likeable characters and actual story development, I consider it to be solid, scary horror. And if you have seen Hereditary you might recognise many elements of PA3 - only the found footage trope means the film works harder to deliver its story and is less reliant on exposition dumps. We talk through the reality of found footage horror in today's smartphone-obsessed cinemas and wonder - would it work now? And should it really have been written off as a fad?
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September 21, 2018
In Part 2 of our look at Victor Salva and the Jeepers Creepers films, we take on the infamous homoerotic sequel Jeepers Creepers 2. Low on characterization but high on male flesh, the school bus horror has become something of a cult, the perfect no-brainer "it's on TV so I'll watch it" fright flick. Beyond the film, we delve deeper into the darkness of Salva's past, looking at his conviction, his victim, and his ongoing film career despite the crimes he was found guilty of. Who does the blame lie with beyond Salva? Those who continue to fund his films and further his career? And where do you stand on the debate of whether or not we should still watch and enjoy his films?
Sit back and listen to our discussion with an open mind - as per usual our gallows humour is present, and there are spoilers galore for Jeepers Creepers 2...
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