‘Unbury Your Gays’: Queer Zombies in Film and TV
Dr Darren Elliott-Smith (Senior Lecturer in Film and Gender, University of Stirling)
Presented in partnership with Glasgow Film Festival
In this Exchange Talk, Dr Elliot-Smith will explore recent incarnations of the queer undead (alongside other monsters) and argue that they represent sub-cultural anxieties within the gay male community that have risen as a result of cultural acceptance and normative assimilation. Jeffrey Sconce (2013) states that, in a ‘post-Uncanny’ age, the zombie is perhaps the most obvious among Western culture’s dead metaphors and undead allegories. Dr Elliot-Smith argues that the queer zombie is a visibly ‘out’, yet sympathetic, monster who has difference performed or writ out upon his skin and flesh which works, paradoxically, both to marginalise and to assimilate them into the horde. This Exchange Talk will look at Bruce LaBruces’s foray into queer zombie art-pornography (Otto; or Up With Dead People (2008) and LA Zombie (2010)) which references a fashionable trend in ‘zombie drag’ within popular culture.
Dr Darren Elliott-Smith is currently Senior Lecturer in Film and Gender and Programme Leader MLitt/MSc in Gender Studies at the University of Stirling. He is the author of Queer Horror Film and TV: Masculinity and Sexuality at the Margins (IB Tauris 2016) and co-author of the forthcoming edited collection New Queer Horror Film and TV (University of Wales Press, 2020). He has also published extensively on the topic of gender, sexuality and queerness in the horror genre for edited collections and academic journals. He is known online as www.queerhorrordoctor.com
This Exchange Talk is presented in partnership with Glasgow Film Festival (GFF). Glasgow Film Festival is one of the leading UK film festivals. The audience is central to GFF’s programming and ethos – GFF aims to enable their audiences to experience the best international cinema.