Shudder is making a Queer Horror Documentary to explore the history of gay themes in horror cinema. The producers behind the critically acclaimed Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror documentary are developing the new project. Sam Wineman is serving as the director and writer for the untitled documentary and it is expected to be ready for release next year. A concrete release date has yet to be revealed by the streaming platform.
The new documentary will take a look at the LGBTQ representation in the horror genre throughout the years and it will feature the work of "pioneering queer creators like James Whale and Clive Barker." Sleepaway Camp, High Tension, and Jennifer's Body are just some of the movies that will be examined in the upcoming doc. Sam Wineman explains.
"While watching Horror Noire, I identified deeply with the discussion of loving a genre and having that love be unrequited. Horror has spent a great deal of time telling our stories undercover, both intentionally and unintentionally. In order to fully understand the depth of how and why, you have to unpack the social context of what it is to be queer at the moment in history that coincides with the films themselves. That story is one that is long overdue, and I am honored to have the chance to share it."
Along with director Sam Wineman, the documentary will include executive producers Phil Nobile Jr. (Fangoria), Kelly Ryan (Stage 3), and Michael Varrati, who is on board as a consulting producer. This will only be Shudder's second full-length documentary and it will more than likely not be the last. Nobile Jr. had this to say about working on the upcoming doc for Shudder.
"This year feels like that moment for queer horror. Something's in the air right now, and I deeply believe that Sam Wineman is the right voice to tell this story, and Shudder-who understood the importance of Horror Noire and continue to be fantastic allies-is the perfect platform for this story to be told."
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror is a groundbreaking documentary directed by Xavier Burgin. The premise was simple and effective: "Black history is black horror." It featured the history of black representation in the horror genre, which like LGBTQ representation, was often misrepresented over the years. The project is based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman's 2011 book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present and has since become a critically acclaimed feature-length documentary.
The new LGBTQ documentary will certainly go just as deep as Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and horror fans should be pretty excited to get another perspective on the genre. Scott Wineman is a short film director and his latest, The Quiet Room, is set to premiere on Shudder this summer. The movie co-stars RuPaul's Drag Race contestant and musician Alaska Thunderf*ck. More information about the documentary is expected to drop soon. Indiewire was the first to report about the upcoming LGBTQ horror genre documentary.