Calling all horror fans! Shudder has released the first trailer for its new limited series, Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror, just in time for spooky season. 

Premiering 30 September, the four-part docu-series is set to explore the intricate relationship between the LGBTQ+ community and the popular horror genre. 

“‘Queer for Fear’ re-examines genre stories through a queer lens, seeing them not as violent, murderous narratives, but as tales of survival that resonate thematically with queer audiences everywhere,” reads the official synopsis. 

The series is set to include commentary from an array of LGBTQ+ industry professionals, including Emily St James, Lea Delaria, Kevin Williamson, Karyn Kusama, Harmony Colangelo, Justin Simien and more. 

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, executive producer Bryan Fuller gave further insight into the creation of the project.

“[We’re taking] a broad definition of queer horror which includes Hitchock films and women-in-prison films,” he explained. 

“In certain interpretations, a movie like Blade Runner can be seen through the lens of queer horror as a very specific story about marginalised people who want more rights and more life.


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“So there’s a wide variety of interpretations of queer horror and also of queerness.

“It just seemed that the project is so sprawling this really cannot be contained into an 80- or 90-minute narrative because there are so many letters of the LGBTQ+ alphabet to cover.” 

Fuller’s statement comes a few months after he opened up to Collider about what he hopes the LGBTQ+ community will take away from the docu-series.

“I think our main goal with this is to provide an experience for the audience that acknowledges what they were feeling that may not be text and to provide an opportunity to own the horror genre in a way that feels sometimes very horror bro-y and very heteronormative and kind of toxic masculine in a way,” he told the news outlet. 

Since its inception, LGBTQ+ themes have always been intertwined within horror films. 

Even though explicitly queer storylines and characters have been left out of horror (until recent), LGBTQ+ fans have continued to immerse themselves in the terrifying genre due to its unapologetic exploration of otherness and queer adjacent content.

We can’t wait to sink our teeth into Queer For Fear: The History of Queer Horror on 30 September.

Check out the full trailer here or below.


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