September 9, 2020
In this episode, Jon Larkin is joined by fellow queer horror fanatic soap writer Steve Hughes! The man responsible for bringing Silas the serial killer to UK soap Hollyoaks talks influences from 70s TV thrillers to Joan Collins, before helping write a love letter to an under-rated camp classic.
The Fan (1981) starred Lauren Bacall as an ageing actress being stalked by a psychotic admirer, but it took flak from all sides. LGBTQ audiences didn’t like how gays were portrayed, Bacall fans didn’t take kindly to their icon being embroiled in a slasher movie, and NOBODY liked how it was released so soon after John Lennon was murdered by his own crazed stalker.
So does The Fan deserve to be re-appraised? It’s got showtunes by Tim Rice, a cute male psycho and more fawning Broadway gays than Marie’s Crisis on Tony night. But is it any good?
Listen and find out!
August 18, 2020
Screaming Queenz Queer Horror Podcast goes international this month with a very special guest! Joining me from Austin Texas is Amanda Reyes, my good friend and an amazing writer who brought us ‘Are You In The House Alone’, an incredible book looking at TV movies and, in particular, TV movie horror. We’re looking at Someone’s Watching Me (1978), written and directed by John Carpenter just before Halloween made him a household horror name. A Hitchcockian thriller that’s as tense and chilling as any big screen outing, Someone’s Watching Me stars Lauren Hutton as a TV director stalked in her new high rise apartment by a psycho with a telescope. It also features a hugely progressive lesbian character played by horror icon Adrienne Barbeau. So what are you waiting for? Pop on your oatmeal slacks and kick back and enjoy. You might want to take the phone off the hook though. Who knows what kind of creep is on the line…?
July 14, 2020
The queens are going all giallo again! Director Lamberto Bava brought us a camp riot with ‘A Blade in the Dark’ in 1983. Starring the gorgeous (and gay) Andrea Occhipinti, the stalk’n’slash giallo is heavy on synths and even heavier on the head-scratching ‘WTF’ moments. Especially if you happen to watch the notoriously bad English dub. So why was Mr Butler disappointed, and will Stephen actually kill him in their ‘is it a spanner, is it a wrench’ debate? Personally I’m too busy imagining Occhipinti doing the hot gardener. This one is a great laugh and we loved every minute even though we had to record under lockdown! Kick back, switch your brain off and enjoy!
June 5, 2020
Dressed to Kill has been called everything – a masterpiece, transphobic trash, a true American giallo and a misogynist Hitchcock rip-off. So where do Screaming Queenz sit? Certainly not on the fence. We get opinionated as we take on Brian De Palma’s notorious 1980 thriller. From Angie Dickinson’s body double to Nancy Allen’s purple fur to the most problematic elements of the film – ie, its treatment of trans people, its treatment of women and most importantly – that nurse’s shoes! We go all in and figure out whether Dressed to Kill is deserving of its notoriety. Also find out how William Friedkin’s Cruising inspired the making of this film!
May 25, 2020
Spend 90 minutes in the sleaziest fleapit cinema in town in some very dubious company. Ever heard a queer take on sexploitation opus Emanuelle in America? Well now’s the chance. Joined by our token straight buddy Chris Brown from Video Nasties Podcast, we’re deep-diving into Black Emanuelle. Her most notorious outing features hardcore sex, a rabbit hole plunge into snuff films and, yes, a woman wanking off a horse. It’s strong stuff and not for the eagerly offended. But what is its message? It might be deeper than you think (wink wink).
Also hear Laura Gemser’s pop song, hear which star of the film ended up in jail for drug-trafficking, and find out about my obsession with Rocco Sifredi.
Filthy language and spoilers ahoy!
April 23, 2020
CoVid might be keeping us all apart but Screaming Queenz have got a filthy little treat to tide you over. Last year we recorded what was to be the first in a series of spin off shows looking at exploitation film through a queer filter. Joined by Andy Roberts of Nasty Pasty Podcast, we recorded the first episode of SLEAZY QUEENZ looking at the notorious 80s rape-revenge Linda Blair classic, ‘Savage Streets’. We were planning to record more, joined by our friend Chris Brown of Video Nasties Podcast, but as luck would have it a pandemic got in the way! So we’re releasing this episode as a taster of things to come, and to keep our gorgeous Screaming Queenz listeners laughing through dark times!
Savage Streets is infamous for its heavy-handed approach to rape and revenge – and our response is no different. It’s dark shit but we deal with it with laughter and campness so don’t take us too seriously. We all need a laugh right now so enjoy our first foray into 42nd Street filth – Sleazy Queenz are here to camp up your CoVid!
March 22, 2020
Slightly delayed due to Covid, depression and damn long working hours, we're back as a four for our look at the landmark Landis classic 'An American Werewolf in London'! Hear a queer take on this iconic horror movie (mainly just appreciating David Naughton's naked ass) and get your mind off the shit going outside your window! Every night there's a full moon with Screaming Queenz so howl along with us!
February 14, 2020
Happy Valentine's Day! The Screaming Queenz are back for 2020 with a romantic look at the descent into homoerotic hell that is Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse. Sweaty masturbating Robert Pattinson, dom top daddy Willem Defoe, what more can you ask for? Just don't mention the lobster. Or the farts. We examine the queerness of Eggers' latest release and then run through our picks for Valentines Horror Viewing.
Also hear WHY Stephen is missing from this episode! Here's a hint. It involves a 19 inch dildo. And also hear our tribute to Dyanne Thorne, RiP to our favourite Nazi.
We're filthy as ever so if you're eagerly offended, kindly cunt off.
December 25, 2019
"If Die Hard is a Christmas movie then so is this!"
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... because they were all dead! Screaming Queenz celebrate Christmas with the hardcore French extreme masterpiece 'Inside'. Featuring Beatrice Dalle in an iconic role as La Femme, the corset-wearing Goth force of nature intent on getting what she wants... and what she wants is the new baby inside Alysson Paradis! Knitting needles, scissors, guns, you name it... everything is a weapon and NOTHING is off limits in this twisted horror. So what did the Screaming Queenz make of it? And who's side are we actually on?? Listen here and find out. It's a Christmas eve like no other...
December 17, 2019
Crack open the (party) poppers! The Screaming Queenz are 100 episodes old! We thought we should go back to our roots and cover camp Gothic classic 'The Old Dark House'. Directed by uber-queen James Whale and starring the next level queen Ernest Thesiger, this movie has queerness running through its veins as a group of stranded travellers take shelter at the rambling home of the Femms (no, really). JB Priestly's examination of post-war broken Britain became a Universal monster movie... without the monsters... but it did have Boris Karloff and Charles Laughton amongst a stellar cast, not to mention a surprise moment of cross-dressing...
So have a po-ta-to, sit back and enjoy our take on a bona fide camp classic.