Jon Butler presents one of his favourite ever films, 'Night of the Hunter'. Described as a "nightmarish sort of Mother Goose tale", Charles Laughton's film is now considered a classic - but wasn't at the time... why? We give the film a queer reading and talk about what would attract an LGBTQ audience to its themes. And we're also giving away a copy of this great movie on DVD! But you have to listen to find out how to get your grubby mitts on it. And no. The DVD is not hidden in a doll...
When Ruggero Deodato was done causing mayhem with cannibals and rape revenge flicks he put out some rather odd little numbers... and Dial Help could be the strangest of them all. I'm joined by Rachael Nisbet, who whilst being my favourite giallo expert, also happens to be the leading authority on this movie! Bursting with late 80s fashion and style, a soundtrack from Claudio Simonetti and a very snazzy Armani telephone, Dial Help is an under-rated gem. Utterly bonkers but full of likeable characters and a very well-paced story, this movie deserves a wider audience. So hang up that call, feed your fish and sit back and enjoy as we head to Rome for an off-the-hook holiday you won't forget in a hurry...
(Warning - there are more bad phone puns in this episode, and spoilers)
The swamps and bayous of Hoodoo country have never looked so... white? Join us as we delve into the world of 'The Skeleton Key', a film from 2005 when it was still OK to send pretty blonde white girls into the murky world of plantations and curses, and the only actual black characters were just the sassy sidekick and a couple of ghosts flitting about the place. So why is this film hated by some and revered by others, who see it as the inspiration for 'Get Out'? Listen and find out!
Jonny Larkin is joined by our favourite giallo and Italian horror expert Rachael Nisbet to discuss everything from J&B to misogyny and genital mutilation in 'Patrick Still Lives'! From the man who gave us 'Giallo a Venezia', this bizarre riff on an Ozsploitation classic stars our favourite trashy Euro horror queen Mariangela Giordano and is a tale of telekinetic revenge, forbidden lust and blackmail set at a rather familiar-looking palazzo...
Spoilers ahead, and the usual filthy humour!
This year we're taking on a ton of Hammer Horrors, and in our first foray we look at The Nanny, starring icon Bette Davis! Hammer is now renowned for its saturated, bosom-heaving, red-blooded horror, but in the 60s Hammer gave us some chilling black and white thrillers too. Off the back of Baby Jane Bette Davis brought her hag horror campness to The Nanny, but turned in a restrained and nuanced performance. This slow burn thriller still manages to shock today - but why? Find out why. Spoilers ahead, our usual filthy humour, and Martin's rather terrifying 'Nanny' voice!
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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!
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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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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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.
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!