All posts in the Documentary category

Hopelessly Devoted to: Marsha Hunt

Published August 24, 2022 by biggayhorrorfan

Standing true to herself even in the face of hysterical Red Scare blacklisting and multiple physical threats due to her latter-day work with the United Nations, the unstoppable Marsha Hunt often played characters who took no guff from the underside of humanity, as well.

Case in point, as Kate Hazelton in the 1957 B-budget horror Back from the Dead, Hunt displays an unwavering attitude when her character’s sister (the glorious Peggie Castle) is suddenly possessed by the deceased wife of her new husband. As Mandy (Castle) begins acting stranger and stranger, seducing her neighbors and even getting violent with her sibling, Hunt imparts a steadfastness to her characterization, reveling in a sophisticated loyalty and honest sense of determination. 

Of course, even when playing the sacrificial lamb opposite the noble Greer Garson (Blossoms in the Dust) or losing out romantically to the man-stealing Susan Hayward (Smash-Up), Hunt’s performances always had a sense of purpose about them. This attribute makes her not only one of celluloid’s most vibrant figures but one of its most resilient, as well.

Nicely, her incredible life has been lovingly documented in Roger Memos’ powerful cinematic memoir Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity, easily available on a variety of streaming services.

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Debra Hill Documentary!

Published January 14, 2015 by biggayhorrorfan

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Clap those (tiny) Michael Myers’ hands together. Dynamic filmmaking duo Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman (aka DPYX) are putting together a documentary about beloved, influential producer Debra Hill (Halloween, The Fog, Escape from LA, Clue, Big Top Peewee)!

A passionate voice for equality in film during her lifetime, Hill (1950 – 2005) has long deserved such an impressive showcase.

You can keep track of this sure to be scintillating project at

Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Review: Serial Killer Culture

Published November 19, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

“This is where the real monsters live.”

Captain Hook or Gacy? The creatures of Midian or Dahmer? If you’re like me and are drawn to the fantastical elements of horror, your choices are, quite naturally, going to lend themselves to the former in those scenarios. Still, talented filmmaker John Borowski exposes why mass murderers are granted such intense obsessions in his thought provoking, truly intelligent documentary Serial Killer Culture.

Focusing on the artists and collectors who are inspired by the lives of such figures as Richard Ramirez, Ed Gein and Richard Speck, Borowski truly sheds some light on what many may consider a controversial interest. In fact, the people he interviews often acknowledge that their passion is a double edged sword. Rick Staton, Gacy’s former art dealer, frankly admits that these are heinous individuals who should never profit from their acts and recalls how as his boy grew older, his interest in Gacy (and others) waned.

Almost all involved, interestingly, point a finger at modern media and society, itself, for giving them their first, lasting impressions of the criminals that they have developed fascinations with. Oddly enough, Life Magazine is exposed as a primary source of making these men (and occasional women) heroes, by devoting countless layouts and cover stories to their frightening acts.

Amanda Morden and Nicholas Vellman of Milwaukee’s Dahmer Tour, perhaps, most articulately point out the historical ramifications of their interests, as well. Morden stresses how every aspect of the Dahmer tragedy is examined, from the local architecture to pulling the facts away from the myths, with her creation. While vile and unfortunate, Dahmer’s legacy belongs to Milwaukee, and she eloquently proposes that this tour tries to put that fact into perspective.

Borowski, also, lightens the tone a bit by focusing on The World Famous Crawlspace Brothers, a punk edged folk duo who perform humorous songs about the different killers. While some may argue about their choice of material, the group has even found favor with some Christian fundamentalists and they claim that their inspiration sources back to the old time murder ballads covered by Joan Baez and Bob Dylan.

Most importantly, though, Borowski allows all his viewers a chance for discovery, here. His subjects emerge in full bodied portraits and even those who would never want to own a Charles Manson autograph glean (at least a glimmer of) an understanding of why someone else might want to.

Interestingly, the serial killer’s influence on queer culture cannot be denied, here, as well. While the (unfortunate) homosexual connections to Gacy and Dahmer are well known, the personal effects of (the less well known) Herb Baumeister, an Indiana father and businessman who murdered multiple men after sexual escapades, are also a primary portion of one collector’s vaults. Thus, it seems an examination of the degree of self hate involved in the acts of Gacy, Dahmer, Baumeister and their ilk would seemingly make a vital and compelling study, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Michael Lee Stever’s Resurrecting Carrie

Published May 18, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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Big Gay Horror Fan has a talent for digging up old insecurities – and that damned tan sweater vest keeps showing up a lot, as well! Thankfully, filmmaker Michael Lee Stever has a better idea about things worthy of reviving.

His engaging looking new documentary short Resurrecting Carrie chronicles the history of Stephen King’s favored heroine from book to screen to stage to stage, again!

Featuring interview footage with the likes of Piper Laurie, Resurrecting Carrie will show on June 1st at the Macabre Faire Film Fest in Rockville Centre, New York.

But, for those of us that can’t make that awesome sounding event, the below teaser trailer gives a good look into the bloody joys of Stever’s take on the amazing journey of everyone’s beloved revenge fueled underdog:

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always throwing a prom at, as well.

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!

Room 237 – An Appreciation.

Published April 20, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

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At a recent dinner celebration at the piping hot Godzilla Café, Big Gay Horror Fan’s beloved Aunt Pamela (a vegan witch, naturally) made a charming and pertinent observation. She noted that the art of the appreciator was often neglected in social and cultural importance – IE that the act of appreciating is just as much of an art form as that of the person doing the creating.

Rodney Ascher’s truly engaging, frequently mindboggling documentary Room 237 takes this notion to grand heights. Highlighting the observations of a handful of devotees to Stanley Kubrick’s highly debated 1980 film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining, Room 237 revels in obsessive fan love and features highly detailed theories on Kubrick’s artistic intent.

Creatively, Ascher never shows the faces of his subjects, but uses clips from Kubrick’s oeuvre (including massive segments of The Shining) to illustrate the interviewee’s points. True horror fans are, also, sure to delight in his liberal use of crowd scenes from Italian gore fests Demons and Demons 2 to help augment the situations described, as well.

Some of the theories introduced are fairly ludicrous (making even the most rampaging nerd feel a bit more normal than he or she did before watching the documentary). One interested party is fully invested in the thought that Kubrick used this film to let the world know his part in helping the government fake the moon landing. (That he then goes on question the validity of this claim in the film’s wrap-up makes the concept even more noteworthy.)

ShelleyDuvall4Of course, anyone who has seen the subject film (and lusted after Shelley Duvall’s prairie-like yet seemingly eternal costumes) knows that Kubrick obviously ladled on the influences with this one. So the participants in Room 237 that suggest that he may have been working out his feelings on the Holocaust and the treatment of the American Indians may have some valid points. But, was that the entire extent of his focus (or something that he was even conscious of doing in the moment) – well, who the hell knows?!?

Other funny theories about subtle erections, media manipulation and disappearing Disney images – all seem purely accidental, mere mistakes that Kubrick missed with his over-the-top, highly stylistic directing of this glorious piece of cinema.

Ultimately, Room 237 illustrates how much a work takes on the spirit of the viewer once it is released into the world – giving all the detailed summaries an honest validity of sorts. Perhaps most importantly, for anyone whom has ever obsessed over a certain genre, filmmaker or film, Room 237 brings about a sense of kinship and, as my dear Aunt Pamela suggested, the thought that the audience is just as important as those behind the camera.

Further information about Room 237 can be gathered at

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always throwing on his best wide-eyed Duvall shriek at, as well!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!