Queer For Fear’s Kimberly Peirce On Why LGBTQ+ Folks Respond So Strongly To The Horror Genre


The horror genre is a tried and true part of the film industry, one that has been consistently profitable for decades. The genre has also historically been embraced by the queer community, leading to more diverse stories being told on screen in recent years including Kevin Bacon’s new movie They/Them. Queer for Fear‘s Kimberly Peirce recently spoke to CinemaBlend about why LGBQ+ folks respond so strongly to horror.

The horror genre has been experiencing a thrilling renaissance over the last decade or so, but LGBTQ+ folks have long held the genre close to their hearts. shudder (opens in new tab)‘s upcoming documentary series Queer for Fear will examine this connection, as well as how queer characters were portrayed in classic horror flicks like pyscho. As you can see in the video above, CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell spoke with three of the filmmakers responsible for the series while at San Diego Comic Con. In that conversation Kimberly Peirce explained why she thinks that horror has historically been embraced by the queer community, saying:

For so long queer people were living their lives, not seeing themselves represented on screen, in institutions. So when they saw these films at least what I’m seeing, is that many of us were like ‘Oh. I feel stimulated by that. Oh that’s interesting. Oh I think I have a read on that.’ For me in particular it was Frankenstein, it was the monster stuff because it was like, ‘Well, I’ve always felt like a bit like a monster.’ Because I’m multiple gendered and it’s got a lot going on.

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