Queer filmmakers made their mark on the horror genre during the earliest days of cinema – NOSFERATU, one of the most famous horror films of the silent era, was directed by a gay man , F. W. Murnau. For decades after this landmark achievement, closeted GLBT filmmakers expressed themselves through their work in coded themes not unnoticed by the rest of the equally closeted gay population. Thankfully the tide has turned, and queer filmmakers aren’t just out of the closet, they’re creating boundary-pushing work with, and without, GLBT themes. GAY OF THE DEAD will give GLBT filmmakers the opportunity to tell you their stories in their words, with much less hiding in the closet (they’re under the bed, just waiting for you to fall asleep…)

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    Gay of the Dead: Babette Bombshell, Part One

    Part of the new “Gay of the Dead” business model is the “pay it forward” interview: I ask each interviewee to tell me who I should interview next. Michael Varrati (TALES OF POE) pointed me in the direction of the “Plus-size Goddess of Gore,” drag performer Babette Bombshell. A quick look at her credits reveals work with Herschell Gordon Lewis (THE UH-OH SHOW), Lloyd Kaufman (RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH), Richard Marr-Griffin (THE DISCO EXORCIST) and the notorious Kevin Strange (COCKHAMMER). Time to get the skinny on the 300-pound glamour-puss whose Facebook “Personal interests” are “perverts, deviants, delinquents, criminals and serial killers.”

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    Gay of the Dead – Michael Varrati, Part One

    The very prolific gay auxiliary of the East Coast Indie Horror Factory is making good use of a (currently) West Coast screenwriter and actor named Michael Varrati. Screenwriting work with Bart Mastronardi (TALES OF POE), Alan Rowe Kelly (ditto), and Richard Marr-Griffin (IT CAME FROM THE VCR), plus acting roles in Troma flicks (RETURN TO NUKE ‘EM HIGH VOLUME 2) and Debbie Rochon’s directing debut (MODEL HUNGER) have kept this boy very busy. While keeping up a lively Facebook chat over the past weeks, I subjected him to my gay dog and gay pony show in the form of an email interview.

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