When society silenced voices out of fear, horror films became a vessel for the queer community to speak their thruths. This week, Cadaver Dogs look at FRIGHT NIGHT (1985) and THE LOST BOYS (1987) through the lens of queer culture in the 80s and the effects the AIDS epidemic.
How do these films rebel against the typical nuclear family? Why was queerness suddenly pushed to subtext? And how were vampires the perfect monster to personify LGBTQIA+ people during a time when they were threatened and powerless against the socio-political agenda? Of course, we get sidetracked with fanning over SFX makeup, vampire lore, Vincent Price, Kiefer Sutherland, and Sax Man.
Joel Schumacher on the AIDS Crisis
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Theme by Adaam James Levin Areddy. Cover art by Omri Kadim. Music featured in this episode: 80s Horror Synth by Dead by Dawn, as well as Bad Omen and Silver Shamrock by White Bat Audio. Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License.