Lesbian Halloween 2009 Part 1: Screams on Screen


It’s that time of year again the air has turned cool and crisp, the leaves are changing color, horror filmmakers start releasing their wares and everyone’s thoughts turn to the macabre for just one day: Halloween.

Of course, queer women, on the whole, love Halloween. It’s a chance to dress up, party and watch slasher flicks, after all. And what better time of year to watch “guilty pleasure” movies like The Hunger or pull pranks on your loved ones?

In the spirit of the holiday, we decided to go around to a variety of lesbian comedians, filmmakers, writers and entertainers, and ask them all about their spooky preferences. From finding out favorite horror movies to divulging their greatest fears, we’ve got it all on record.

In part one, we’ll take a look at favorite scary movies and queer horror moments. In our next installment, we’ll take on our panel’s fears and phobias.

Question #1: What is your favorite horror movie of all time?

Hands down, the most popular response from our panelists was the 1983 vampire flick The Hunger, starring Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve (with David Bowie).

Comedian Julie Goldman loved it even though horror is so not her cup of tea. “The Hunger is that a horror movie? Or a thriller? I don’t know. I hate horror movies.”

The film also received quite a few mentions in our second question:

Question # 2: “Do you have a lesbian-specific favorite horror film moment?

Filmmaker Rosser Goodman replied: “Well, anything in The Hunger. I bet everybody says that!”

Comedian Jennie McNulty (Walking Funny With Jennie McNulty) put it perfectly: “Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve in The Hunger. Not super scary but there’s vampires so it counts and those two are incredible. They’re hot apart, but together? And, later in the movie, after the ‘conquest,’ is this dialogue:

Denueve: “You belong to me. We belong to each other.”

Sarandon: “I’m getting out of here.”

Deneuve: “You’ll be back. You’ll be back. When the hunger hurts so much…”

Does it get any more lesbian?”

Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon in The Hunger

AfterEllen.com writer and vlogger Dara Nai (Dara & Karman’s Hit List) had this to offer: “Catherine Deneuve seducing Susan Sarandon in the original The Hunger. It was the only time that old ‘Oops, I spilled something on my shirt. Guess I should take it off,’ trick didn’t make me roll my eyes.”

In picking the film for her “favorite moment,” Goldman became philosophical about the lesbian love of vampires:

Are there lesbians in horror movies? I can’t say I’ve had a crush on a horror movie character. It seems that all women in those movies are idiots. I guess Susan Sarandon “lezzed out” in The Hunger… but vampires always lez out. Why? I have no idea. ‘Cause blood is so lezzie.

Guys never queer off though. I want to see some homo action in horror movies. Actually, no I don’t. ‘Cause I hate horror movies.

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