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Va-Va-Villainess: Katharine Hepburn

Published May 2, 2020 by biggayhorrorfan

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Coming on like a perfect precursor to the diva heavy Gothic horrors of the ‘60s and ‘70s (including Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and many others), 1959’s Suddenly Last Summer gave the divine Katherine Hepburn a chance to bring a wickedly flawed character to the screen in the form of the matriarchal, incredibly wealthy Violet Venable.

As Venable uses all of her considerable influence to insure the lobotomization of her niece Catherine Holly, played with busty emotion by Elizabeth Taylor, Hepburn does add sympathetic touches to her portrayal (as any fine craftswoman would). Still, she doesn’t shy away from the uncontrollably evil nature of her character, ultimately creating a detailed look at a society matron compelled to carry out one of celluloid history’s more heinous acts.1959. Katharine HEPBURN during the filming of "Suddenly Last Summer."

Based on Tennessee Williams’ grotesque one act play, Hepburn’s own androgyny adds to the overriding gay mystique this piece offers up, as well. The screenplay here was not only adapted by queer literary icon Gore Vidal, but co-star Montgomery Clift, a performer whose sexual attraction to men has been well documented in various books on film history, gives it an inclusive vibe, as well.


Nicely, horror lovers on all sides of the spectrum can appreciate the visual background for the first meeting of the characters played by Clift and Hepburn. As Venable lays out her plans while walking through the mondo crazed garden of her estate, viewers can almost feel its macabre presence, entering them into a world akin to the twisted creations of Clive Barker and HR Giger.


LGBTQIA fans, though, will be glad that characters like Sebastian Venable, the unseen homosexual son of Venable who controls the plot from beyond his grave, are becoming rarer and rarer. A twisted individual who used both Hepburn’s grand dame and Taylor’s innocent minx, his is an example of the other at it’s most perverse, another artifact of how our community was considered to be akin to  chosen sickness and disease for decades.Katherine Suddenly

Hepburn, meanwhile, embraced the eccentricity of roles like Eleanor of Aquitaine (The Lion in Winter) and Countess Aurelia (The Madwoman of Chaillot) in the coming decades, but never again reached the divine fervor of her exquisite, unapproachable work here.

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

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A Scry for Dagger Cast!

Published December 24, 2019 by biggayhorrorfan


Queer writer and Midwest bon vivant Aaron Eischeid brought his A game to the holiday episode of Dagger Cast! Promoting A Scry for Help, his demon inspired tale of grief, Eishcheid regaled us with tales of Clive Barker and conjuring….and even answered a few of our goofy questions about Santa tinged slashers!

This episode also marks Dagger Cast’s one year anniversary. It’s been such an amazing pleasure to chat with all of our guests…and to do all those gloriously goofy post show photo shoots! We can’t wait to continue with more sonic (and visual) alternative horror adventures in 2020!

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





Music to Make Horror Movies By: Suzi Quatro

Published December 14, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

If rumors are to be believed – and why shouldn’t they be? – it seems that leather bound rock goddess Suzi Quatro was originally slated to play Sheryl Ann, Lori’s flirty acquaintance, in Clive Barker’s Nightbreed.

While her absence (despite Debora Weston’s exemplary work in the role) may definitely provide an ache for terror clad rock fans, at least Quatro, best known to American audiences for her stint as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days, employed some fun and frightening imagery in her early 70s hit Devil Gate Drive.

Choreography to truly make one happy, no???

Be sure to keep up with the exceptionally cool Quatro and all her tight dance moves at

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

Review: Anne Bobby’s Disposophobia

Published October 27, 2014 by biggayhorrorfan

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All of the world’s a stage. Or at least, you’ll hope it is after witnessing Anne Bobby’s multi-hyphenate take on Disposophobia: Fear of Being Disposed Of for the second season of the acclaimed web series In Fear Of. Best known to scare freaks for her compassionate portrayal of Lori in the Clive Barker’s seminal Nightbreed, Bobby is actually, at heart, a well traveled theater veteran. Having created, produced and performed in multiple Broadway and touring productions, Bobby brings her fine tuned, board treading sensibilities to her acting and writing here, resulting in a chilling entry in this relatively new horror exercise.

With compassionate, fine tuned directing by Jon Ecklund, Disposophobia centers around Pamela, a seemingly well-to-do woman, who is determined to exist on the fringes of society. A meeting in the park with her brash yet concerned mother (a leveled yet passionate Barbara Rosenblatt) reveals the duo’s alternative takes on their past history and offers glimpses into Pamela’s assumed psychosis. But, perhaps, nothing is as it seems as Bobby’s ever expanding script leads into a truly chilling, ultimately surprising denouement.

Throughout, Bobby’s performance is a natural marvel. Revealing, down to her unshaven legs, her Pamela is ultimately the perfect representation of society’s overwhelming uncertainties and the side effects of the unfortunate inability to reach a level of certain grace. Thus, with accomplished assets from Ecklund and Rosenbalt, Bobby’s first foray into scripted terror is a true example of emotional horror at its very finest.

More information on the In Fear of series is available at:

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

Anne Bobby Haunts Hanover House (With Supreme Talent)!

Published January 26, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

There is one thing Big Gay Horror Fan knows for certain – spend a moment with eclectic actress Anne Bobby (Nightbreed) and you’ll intuitively know why this fascinating woman was lighting up Broadway stages as a teenager.

Thankfully, Corey and Haley Norman, the fabulous crew behind Bonfire Films, are capitalizing on Bobby’s magnetism and Barker style fan power, by luring her in front of the fright filmed cameras again for the (recently shot) The Hanover House.

Filmed at an actual spot of spooky activity, you can gain some behind the scenes knowledge by watching:,AAAADrS7PYE~,R_zvWDQBHEM1HhjYXWEMdZSIr0weuIOG&bctid=2112460850001

Further ghostly info can be gained at and!/TheHanoverHouse, as well.hanover house

Big Gay Horror Fan, meanwhile, is always accepting lovers of frighteningly talented stage goddesses at!/BigGayHorrorFan, too!

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

Nightbreed’s Anne Bobby: Occupation: Artist!

Published July 13, 2012 by biggayhorrorfan

Best known to genre freaks as “Lori” in Clive Barker’s seminal Nightbreed, stunningly eclectic actress-writer Anne Bobby is definitely more than a one scream wonder. From the stage (Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing with Jeremy Irons, the acclaimed 1994 revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along)to television (cult series Cop Rock and the delightful trio of Bride films featuring Rue McClanahan and Kristy McNichol) to books (including a notable collection focusing on her love of dogs), Bobby is simply a multi-faceted creative wonder. Thankfully, Big Gay Horror Fan was able to stop swooning long enough to have a reasonably minded chat with this generous performer on the eve of her appearance on Friday, July 13, 2012 in Chicago at Terror in the Aisles 11 (!/events/224106554368445/)to celebrate the more in depth Cabal cut of Nightbreed.

BGHF: What a cool life you have led. Lori in Nightbreed, appearances in films by Todd Solondz and Ted Demme and you are the voice of Brigid Tenenbaum for the Bioshock games!

Anne: Well, what I say about my voiceover work is there is only one other profession where you can go into a dark room and come out a half hour later $200 richer.

BGHF: (laughing) That is so awesome!

Anne: Honestly, they have given me so much freedom. I’m able to do theater and my volunteering and undertake so many other projects because of them.

BGHF: And you have a bunch of appearances lined up to celebrate this restored version of Nightbreed, as well. You must be having a blast with the fans of the film!

Anne: Well, I am a Twilight Zone fanatic. I can guess the episode within the 1st or 2nd frame. I always rejoice when I discover there are a few more moments to be had – you know, those few extra seconds with George Takei or what have you. So, I can totally understand the joy of the fans of this film.

BGHF: Well, as a fan of the film, myself, I have often wondered about your take on Lori. It seems like she may have some doubts about Boone’s innocence at certain moments in the released film. Was that something that you wrestled with as an actress?

Anne: Lori never doubted Boone for a second. She just simply believed he didn’t do it and went about trying to prove that. It’s very clear in this version.

BGHF: Interesting. Was there a moment that you were less clear of in the film? Something that made you take a jump back?

Anne: Well, I love snakes. In one scene I had to descend a flight of stairs, have a brief scene and then run up the stairs again – which were covered in snakes! I was trying so hard to be careful, but I slipped and landed on top of an albino python. I let out the biggest scream because I absolutely believed I had killed the snake.

BGHF: You didn’t, of course!

Anne: He finally revived himself – and all was well.

BGHF: Good! Tell us about Cop Rock! It was such a unique show – police officers breaking out into song. Way ahead of its time!

Anne: I loved it! It was the forerunner to a lot of things. It took the pressure off. “Don’t worry, Glee! Cop Rock started it all!”

BGHF: Did you perform the songs to tracks or were they done live?

Anne: Most of them were recorded beforehand and we played to tracks. Some of the quieter ones we did live and those were lifted on set. We were all singers from Broadway or bands, so we were able to do what was required.

BGHF: And you have some recordings out there, correct?

Anne: I did the first revival of Merrily, We Roll Along and that soundtrack is readily available.

BGHF: You’ve written plays, as well.

Anne: I did a solo show about journalist Rebecca West. It ran Off Broadway and toured the Netherlands with none other than Xaviera Hollander producing it.

BGHF: That is beyond cool. The Happy Hooker! And she is someone whom I am sure has definitely seen her share of bad press!

Anne: I think she saw the journey as a very important one. She’s a remarkable woman, Xaviera… with an amazing bed and breakfast.

BGHF: Well, you are amazing, too! A one woman show!

Anne: I think every actor should do a one person show– once! For over 80 minutes, I went from playing practically a 90 year old to 16 and then aging back to the 80’s again.

BGHF: It’s something I would have loved to have seen. Was that your favorite theater project?

Anne: You know, I think my favorite project is the play I am working on, right now. It’s a play about a very fascinating actual historical figure that I discovered in a used bookstore in New Orleans after Katrina.

BGHF: How about a film project? Is there one that sticks out in your head?

Anne: Film wise, there are those occasional projects where you say, “I’ll do anything – hire me!” Like Todd Solondz’s Happiness, when I read that script it was just something I had to do. I did something I had never done before — I went in and begged to be in the film. (Laughs) “I’ll do anything! Let me do this film!”

BGHF: Well, you keep me in awe, my friend. Singing, writing, voiceovers, acting! Amazing!

Anne: Well for me, Occupation: Artist is the way to go.

BGHF: Brilliant! Occupation: Artist! Let’s leave it at that!

So, while I recover from my encounter with scintillating Bobby, I wish you Sweet love and pink Grue,

Until the next time,

Big Gay Horror Fan!