Dracula’s Daughter Said ACAB.
After getting anxious with the frightening apparition in It Follows, we got campy with the much-maligned late franchise entry Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. After that we toured the streets of Los Angeles in David Lynch’s masterpiece Mulholland Drive, but now we’re going all the way back to the ’30s to check in with Countess Zaleska in Lambert Hillyer‘s queer horror classic Dracula’s Daughter!
Immediately after Count Dracula was destroyed by Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan), Dracula’s Daughter sees the Countess Marya Zaleska (Gloria Holden) still alive — and her father’s death has brought her no closer to eradicating her vampiric thirst for blood. When attempts to free herself of the disease fail, she turns to psychiatrist Dr. Garth (Otto Kruger) for assistance, but soon finds herself struggling with the desire to make him one of the undead as well.
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Episode 145 – Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Check your zoos for elephants that are seeing pink men because we’re discussing the 1936 film (and direct sequel to 1931’s Dracula) Dracula’s Daughter! And boy do we have some things to say about the hetero nonsense in this movie.
First, we’ll spill the tea on the film’s dramatic road to production, complete with cameos from super-producer David O. Selznick, queer director James Whale and everyone’s favorite Production Code Administration head: Joseph Breen!
Then we’ll dive into all things queer in this underseen classic, including a third act whose sole purpose is to make the straights happy. But hey, it’s not like director Lambert Hillyer didn’t fit as much queerness in the film as possible (it’s not even subtext, y’all).
Plus: an X-rated bow tie metaphor, personal space, Hedda Hopper(?!) and more analysis from everyone’s favorite queer horror theorist: Harry M. Benshoff!
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Coming up on Wednesday: We’re kicking off Halloween season with a celebration of the bare butts of Steve Zahn and Paul Walker in Joy Ride on its 20th anniversary.
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