Monday, August 3, 2020

[Horror Queers Podcast] 1985’s Other Queer Horror Film: Celebrating Evil Ed and ‘Fright Night’

Chunky Knit Sweater.

After episodes on I Know What You Did Last Summer, May, What Lies Beneath and The Old Dark House, we’re just about ready to close the book on July 2020. First, however, we’ve got reason to celebrate: it’s the 35th anniversary of Tom Holland‘s Fright Night!

This one is important to both Trace and I, as well as our special guest Peaches Christ. All of us have a connection to 1985’s other queer horror film, which tells the story of young Charley Brewster (Williams Ragsdale) who becomes convinced that his new neighbour Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) is a vampire. Unable to convince his girlfriend Amy (Amanda Bearse) or best friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys), Charleys turns to local late night horror host Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) because Jerry comes calling for them all!

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Episode 84 – Fright Night (1984) feat. Peaches Christ

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of quintessential queer horror film Fright Night, the boys, along with special guest (and FN super fan) Peaches Christ, head to the suburbs along with our hunky live-in-carpenter, our collection of knit sweaters and an entire wall full of clocks.

Things get personal as Peaches shares her experience of working with Stephen Geoffreys, Joe confesses that the Tom Holland film is the genesis of his journey into queer horror and Trace discloses why Evil Ed’s story arc made such an impact on him as a young gay teen. Expect a lot of conversation about how vital Ed’s death scene is to the film’s success and how rare it is in horror.

It’s not all serious though! Trace finally acknowledges that costumes in movies exist; Joe delivers a pornographic ode to Chris Sarandon’s sweaters; and Peaches shares gossip about Vincent Price “straight” from the mouth of none other than Elvira herself! Plus: the film’s legacy as the other queer horror film of 1985, celebrating Amanda Bearse as a lesbian icon (with extended discussion on Married…with Children) and a conspiracy theory about how much Kevin Williamson must have loved this film.

Cross out Fright Night!

Coming up on Wednesday: We’re officially designating August “Vacation Month,” so we’re taking a cave diving trip in honour of The Descent‘s 15th (UK) anniversary!

– Joe & Trace

P.S. Our monthly editorial series is going dormant for now as we prepare to launch podcast spin-off Micro Queers. You can still find all of the old articles here

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