Hold onto yer wigs!!! Dagger Cast has turned into DRAG-GER CAST!!! Our latest episode features Bev Rage (AKA Josh J. Coles) who, along with her amazing band The Drinks, is truly showing the world what it means to be a potent glitter punk waitress! Bev truly brings the sunny mayhem here while also talking, seriously, about how she sees the drag community fitting into the world of horror in light of the country’s current hate filled climate! You can dive into the mascara strewn mosh pit at https://soundcloud.com/daggercast.
We’ve also added an exciting new addition to the show. As there’s nothing I love more than a classic cinema diva in an old school gothic horror piece, producer Jared Olson and co-host Lindsey Charles are allowing me to indulge my devotion to these grand femmes in a new Dagger Cast segment called Dr. Diva! In the first attempt, I get to sing the praises of the glorious writer-director-actress Ida Lupino and her stunning work in 1941’s atmospheric chiller Ladies in Retirement!
Enjoy!!! …and until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!
I would gladly attend a viewing party hosted by WI filmmaker Joe Trione, but any other kind of festivity… well…I would just have to, respectfully, decline. For Trione’s latest micro-budget epic Slay Belles, a ridiculously fun ‘80s slasher homage, takes place at a Christmas celebration…and almost no one comes out of it breathing!
Utilizing a script by James Wirth and a bevy of his drag performer friends, Trione shows his obvious love for the horror genre, old Joan Crawford melodramas, highlighted by Dear Ruthie’s fabulous appearance as a society mother, and queer nightlife culture here. Plot wise, as expected, a masked killer has escaped and everyone at Janelle’s (a delightfully buoyant Jaymes Mansfield) annual holiday charity event soon finds themselves in all sorts of bloody disarray. As the bodies pile up and those blatant red herrings begin to play strip poker, it is up to the heroine of the piece, played with sassy resolve by Dora Diamond, to get to the bottom of the mass slayings.