The Double ‘Othering’ of David in ‘An American Werewolf in London’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

After concluding March with Raja Gosnell’s Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (listen) and James Whale’s The Invisible Man (listen), we kicked off April with a discussion of  Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (listen). Now we’re checking off another classic with John Landis‘ 1981 werewolf film, An American Werewolf in London. In the film, American best friends David (David Naughton) […]

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Lifetime’s ‘Million Dollar Lethal Listing’ Is a Sensational Exploration of Money and Marriage [Review]

The latest Lifetime thriller from director David DeCoteau (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous), Million Dollar Lethal Listing, is a topical look at the dangerous financial implications of home ownership, unequal incomes, and trusting your partner. It’s clear early on that engaged couple Becca (Morgan Bradley) and Tom (Jon Briddell) don’t have a great relationship. She’s taken it […]

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Lock ‘Amityville Cop’ Up and Throw Away The Key [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” Part of the structure of this editorial series is working through the Amityville “franchise” in chronological order, so it was surprising to discover that Amityville Cop (2021) […]

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Netflix’s ‘Ripley’ Series Is a Gorgeous, Methodical Adaptation [Review]

Patricia Highsmith’s 1955 novel, The Talented Mr. Ripley, is a watershed thriller for its critique of class, its queer undertones, and its enduring legacy. The novel inspired multiple sequels, as well as several film adaptations, the most significant of which was Anthony Minghella’s Oscar nominated 1999 film of the same name. Showtime commissioned a series […]

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James Whale Delivered the Meanest, Most Egotistical Universal Monster with ‘The Invisible Man’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Gay Flowers. March featured a variety of conversations, including the Kristen Stewart vehicle Personal Shopper (listen), Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (listen), and Raja Gosnell‘s live-action cartoon sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (listen here). After previously covering The Old Dark House and Bride of Frankenstein, we wrapped the month up with another James Whale classic, The […]

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Lifetime’s ‘Danger on Party Island’ Needs More Party and More Danger [Review]

Lifetime’s latest thriller drops viewers into the action right from the jump. Under desaturated grey/blue skies, introverted lawyer Mel (Lindsey Desbach) rides a ferry to Feng Key island. She’s headed to the titular party island not for a vacation, though; she’s there to identify the body of her drowned younger sister, Georgia (Andrea Prevatt). It’s […]

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Is ‘Amityville in the Hood’ Parody or Just Kinda Racist? [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” There’s an uneasy tension in Amityville in the Hood (2021) between intentional parody and uncomfortable racism. How much of the film’s stereotypical depiction of Compton, which includes […]

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The Queer-Coded Villain in Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Carousel After spending time with Neil Jordan’s not-campy-enough stalker film Greta (listen) and Olivier Assayas’ Kristen Stewart starring 2016 thriller Personal Shopper (listen), it’s time to revisit Alfred Hitchcock with a look at his 1951 film, Strangers on a Train. In the film, eccentric and unbalanced Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) approaches successful tennis player Guy Haines (Rope‘s […]

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Celebrating the Best Horror of 2023 with the Hereditary Awards Winners! [Horror Queers Podcast]

Back in December, Trace and I opened up voting in the fifth annual “Hereditaries” (named after Toni Collette’s Hereditary omission), our version of the horror Oscars. Our supporters on Patreon helped us narrow down the shortlist in 20 categories and then the public at large, including folks on this site, voted on the winners throughout December 2023. Going […]

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‘Amityville Hex’ Is a Low-Point Even for This “Franchise” [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” There’s something simultaneously exciting and horrifying about discovering the worst entry of the Amityville “franchise” more than 35 films in. And yet, Amityville Hex truly is *that* […]

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Craving Camp In Neil Jordan’s May/December Stalker Film ‘Greta’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Box Play We’ve spent February discussing Albert Lewin’s 1945 adaptation of The Portrait of Dorian Gray (listen), the perfectly serviceable remake of Friday the 13th (listen), and Pedro Almodóvar’s controversial 2011 thriller The Skin I Live In (listen). Now we’re wrapping up the month with Neil Jordan’s wacky May/December stalker film, Greta (2018). In the […]

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Lifetime’s ‘Lonely Crime Fanatic’ Lacks Perspective on Our Obsession with True Crime [Review]

It’s always interesting when horror films and thrillers market themselves using the “Based on true events” tagline, then dissect – or sometimes even criticize – the audiences’ interest in the material. Lifetime’s new original film Lonely Crime Fanatic opens with the cliché phrase before launching into the story of a recently separated woman who falls […]

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Tyler Perry’s Erotic Netflix Thriller ‘Mea Culpa’ Struggles with Tone [Review]

Loosely translated, “Mea culpa” is Latin for “it’s my fault.” It’s something of a cheeky title for Tyler Perry’s Netflix Erotic Thriller Mea Culpa, considering that lead character Mea (Kelly Rowland) can hardly be blamed for the events that transpire. Like most Erotic Thrillers, Mea Culpa traffics in temptation, desire, and secrets. The two hour […]

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‘Amityville in Space’ Fails to Live Up to the Fun of Its Own Title [The Amityville IP]

Twice a month Joe Lipsett will dissect a new Amityville Horror film to explore how the “franchise” has evolved in increasingly ludicrous directions. This is “The Amityville IP.” The law of horror movie franchises is that eventually, without fail, you go to space. It’s fitting, then, that the final outing for prolific Amityville writer/director Mark […]

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Revisiting the ‘Friday the 13th’ Remake On Its 15th Anniversary [Horror Queers Podcast]

Stupendous Tits After dipping into the world of H.P. Lovecraft in Re-Animator (listen) and checking out an early adaptation of The Portrait of Dorian Gray (listen), somehow we’re already on our third episode of February. And while the holiday doesn’t line up, we couldn’t pass up a chance to revisit Friday the 13th (2009) for […]

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