Queer characters and themes have always played an integral part in the telling of horror stories. And recent additions to the genre are finally allowing viewers to see LGBTQ+ characters as more than just the villain or homophobic tropes.
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Source: A Little Bit Human
Author: Rachael Green
Questions for Discussion:
1. Have you ever thought about queer themes in mainstream horror movies before? If yes, which films emerge as good examples? If not, why do you think that’s the case?
2. The author of this week’s article writes that, “As a result, it’s not uncommon to see horror movies where the monster, rather than the protagonist, is queer-coded.” Thinking about horror movies you’ve seen, can you identify characters who fall into this category?
3. This week’s article notes a shift from queerness as the scary element in horror to queerness is no longer the horrific element, but in some cases, allowing queer characters to function as heroes. What do you think is driving this change? Queer content creators? More inclusive approaches to creativity? Something else completely?
Bonus Resources: Check out Shudder's Queer for Fear Looks Thoughtful and Wildly Entertaining from Gizmodo by Cheryl Eddy and How They/Them Is Changing Horror for Queer People from The Advocate by Cara Glass.
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