April 28, 2017
Feeling nostalgic? Big 80s hair, big 80s music, dry ice and fangs... yep we're off to Santa Carla for Joel Schumacher's 80s classic 'The Lost Boys'. The pinnale of 'sleepover horror', this movie set the bar for making vampires cool. It inspired Buffy, it inspired queer theories about subtext and secret meanings, but it also set its young star Corey Haim off on a spiral of self destruction. We get serious and talk about the dark side of Hollywood, but fear not - there are laughs too, and a LOT of 80s power rock.
Spoilers as always.
April 14, 2017
"We all go a little mad sometimes..."
After a brief spoiler-free review of The Void, we look at the quintessential slasher, Psycho. Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins star in the Hitchock classic from 1960, where Marion Crane ups and leaves her dead end job and boring life with some stolen loot, hoping to marry her beau John Gavin. But on the way she just has to make one little stop at the Bates Motel. What could possibly go wrong?
An amazing film in every sense and the inspiration for hundreds of slasher movies that came after it, Psycho should be on everyone's list of horror faves. So if you haven't seen it - WATCH IT before you listen to this podcast. There will be spoilers.
Janet Leigh collage art created by Ben Youdan.
April 1, 2017
Two VHS classics from 1981 - The Burning and The Funhouse - make up the perfect late night double feature. So sort out your tracking, settle down and enjoy pure 80s slasher horror at its most nostalgic. Find out why The Funhouse accidentally ended up on the video nasties list, and also just where the legend of Cropsey comes from.
Spoilers, bad language, and I think we may be a little drunk...
March 17, 2017
What's your strange vice? Ours is giallo! The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh is possibly my favourite giallo ever. From 1971, directed by Sergio Martino and starring the beautiful icon Edwige Fenech, the film's got sadism, sex and more funky interiors and camp one-liners than any queer film fan could ever need. Is it misogynistic? Does it take itself too seriously? And just what on earth are they doing riding a motorbike without their helmets on? All of these questions (and more you never asked) will be answered in our latest foray into Italian Euro sexploitation slasher hybrid cinema!
March 9, 2017
Listen to our take on the new horror/comedy/sci fi hybrid from Jordan Peele. Get Out is already causing a stir and with good reason. Horror and social satire are a match made in heaven - but is the film any good? Hear us review it spoiler-free (sort of).
February 24, 2017
"This is a movie about a woman who fucks an octopus."
Oh yeah, spoiler alert.
Looking back at the Video Nasties hysteria that swept through the UK in the early 80s, we decided to try something different. And it doesn't come more different that Andrzej Zulawski's polarising arthouse horror 'Possession.' Everybody has a strong opinion about this movie, and the Screaming Queenz are no different. Some of us hate it, some of us love it, and we are not holding back! Spoilers and very bad language lie ahead as a movie about the breakdown of a marriage divides our gang. Who will come out unscathed? Well Martin's got hold of an electric carver, Jonathan's lying face down in the bath and Stephen holds the answer to everything - vegan chicken! Whereas I'm headed for the local subway tunnel with a Netto bag full of eggs and milk and a very dodgy feeling in my stomach... It's gonna get messy!
February 17, 2017
Giallo fans rejoice, we're talking Italian (like Robert De Niro and Bananarama).
First we discuss the baffling and flawed 1974 giallo 'The Killer Reserved Nine Seats' complete with predatory lesbians, a random ghost in a blue suede suit and more bitchy shade than an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race. Martin reveals just what he does for pocket money whilst I don't like the way Stephen is looking at my dad.
Then we're off to Barcelona on the coach trip from hell with the hilariously camp and crazy 'Eyeball' from 1975. Umberto Lenzi's take on Carry on Abroad comes with more lesbians, extra-marital affairs, a pervy priest, and in a pleasant surprise - a heroine who is both queer and a woman of colour! You could almost forgive his killing of animals in the making of Cannibal Ferox... right? No. Thought not.
Enjoy our latest foray into giallo and beware spoilers!
February 3, 2017
The most notorious Hollywood feud peaked in the seminal camp horror classic Whatever Happened to Baby Jane! Joan Crawford and Bette Davis go head to head in a tour de force in Granny Guignol! Hollywood gothic at its best where two washed up actress sisters live out their final days in a rambling villa. Things get murderous when wheelchair bound Blanche hudson tries to escape the clutches of her demented sister Jane. Beloved by a queer audience to the point of worship, this horror movie has inspired drag queens and horror fiends alike for half a century. Hear why in our latest podcast.
January 20, 2017
After a quick spin through what we loved and loathed in 2016, we're throwing up everything we've ever eaten and hitting the catwalk for Nicolas Winding Refn's glossy nightmare vision, 'The Neon Demon'. What does it all mean? Is it actually horror? And most importantly, what is your shade of lipstick? Hear our's in this our first podcast as a group in 2017. And check out our fancy new opening!
Spoilers and bad language from the get-go!
January 9, 2017
The first podcast of 2017 with special guest Rachael Nisbet. We discuss the seedier end of the giallo spectrum with the 1979 dubious classic 'Giallo a Venezia'. Giving New York Ripper a run for its money, this little known dirty secret of the giallo genre will make your eyes water. We're horrified and enraptured to discuss this one together. And giggle a LOT at the word 'Fanny'.
Spoilers ahoy - and a lot of bad language.