From the ooky spooky mind of horror personality and screenwriter, Michael Varrati, comes the June Gloom Productions original Podcast "Dead For Filth", for all things queer horror and beyond. Dead For Filth will bring you the best queer & horror icons out of the closet and into the night to talk about the genre they love.
Episode 100: A Queer Horror Symposium
It's our 100th episode! To mark the occasion and kick off Pride, we're joined by representatives from a handful celebrated podcasts to host a Queer Horror Symposium. Lending their voices to the discussion are Nay Bever and Brennan Klein from ATTACK OF THE QUEERWOLF, Andrew Huff and Matty Zaradich from FRIGAY THE 13th, Stacie Ponder and Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi from GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS, Terry Mesnard from GAYLY DREADFUL and SCARRED FOR LIFE PODCAST, Trace Thurman and Joe Lipsett from HORROR QUEERS, and our own producer Dru Phillips of SISTER HYDE DESIGN! Among other things, this mighty panel discusses the impetus for creating their podcasts, the ongoing debate on what we can learn from our problematic horror faves, and the importance of standing aside and making space so that others may be heard. Plus, SLEEPAWAY CAMP's Angela, NIGHTMARE 2, and the power of inclusion.
If you liked this episode, or just want to further fight for what's right, please consider donating to one (or all) of the following Black-led Queer & Trans organizations that provide aid and resources to communities in need:
- Trans Justice Funding Project: www.transjusticefundingproject.org
- The Okra Project: www.theokraproject.com
- Youth Breakout: www.youthbreakout.org
- Black Aids Institute: www.blackaids.org
- LGBTQ+ Freedom Fund: www.lgbtqfund.com
- The Marsha P. Johnson Institute: https://marshap.org/donate/
- The Trans Women of Color Collective: https://www.twocc.us/
Episode 99: Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi
This week, we're taking it to the theater as we welcome multidisciplinary artist and drag sensation Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi, host/programmer of Portland's legendary QUEER HORROR film series and co-host of the acclaimed GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS! Among other things, Anthony/Carla discusses the fairy tale allure of fright, pop culture's failings in the representation of Indigenous people, and the none too subtle connection between horror and drag. Plus, the dangerous art of Delia Deetz!
Episode 98: Daniel Franzese
This week, we're entering the Haunted House of Glen Coco as we welcome Daniel Franzese, iconic star of MEAN GIRLS, BULLY, and HBO's LOOKING! Among other things, Daniel discusses the "tickle-pinch" method of horror, the fan letter that helped him understand the queer impact of one of his most iconic characters, and his time working with the legendary Godfather of Gore - Herschell Gordon Lewis! Plus, Larry Clark, John Waters, and I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE! Oh my!
Episode 97: Joe Rubin
This week, we're going for an X-rating as we welcome Joe Rubin, producer, film archivist, and co-founder of the celebrated Vinegar Syndrome! Among other things, Joe discusses how explicit acts on film often fall victim to the "erotic assumption," the trials and tribulations of tracking down some of cinema's forgotten gems, and how the director of BLOOD FRENZY was crucial to changing the sex laws in California. Plus, Joe and Michael celebrate the legacy of cult filmmaker Chuck Vincent!
Episode: 96 Stacie Ponder
This week, we're taking an animated trip to Crystal Lake as we welcome Stacie Ponder, writer & creator of the acclaimed FINAL GIRL blog and co-host of GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS! Among other things, Stacie discusses finding power in reevaluating problematic portrayals in films of yesteryear, what prestige actress she thinks should be the next of Luca Guadagnino's reimagined Three Mothers, and her journey artistically recreating all of Jason Voorhees's finest moments for her book DEATH COUNT: ALL THE DEATHS IN THE FRIDAY THE 13TH FILM SERIES, ILLUSTRATED!
Episode 95: Jordan Crucchiola
This week, we're opening the puzzle box to welcome pop culture commentator extraordinaire Jordan Crucchiola, acclaimed writer and the sensation behind Vulture's "55 Essential Queer Horror Films!" Among other things, Jordan discusses the persisting significance of the many layers of queerness in HELLRAISER, how Angelina Jolie was the beacon that led to her professional career, and what queer cinema has gotten right so far...and what more it still needs to do. Plus, Jordan shares her memories of hosting the 10th anniversary of JENNIFER'S BODY and the importance of the film's culture rediscovery.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. The interviews are so wonderful and in-depth and I always walk away with more information and education on queer horror. I absolutely cannot recommend it enough 🖤
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Michael does such a great job interviewing his guests. He's a natural and puts people at ease so naturally. You can tell he's deeply into the conversation and has a need to learn more. A great guy and a great show. What more could you want. Don't miss it. --Terry