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Queer Horror: Beetlejuice

  • The Hollywood Theatre 4122 Northeast Sandy Boulevard Portland, OR, 97212 United States (map)

Thursday, October 13 at 9:30 PM | $9 |

The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR and hostess with the grossest Carla Rossi join forces with the Ghost with the Most for Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, BEETLEJUICE in 35mm! This Halloween scream opens with a special preshow set to get the whole audience jumping the line all the way to the afterlife.

Directed by Tim Burton, 1988’s BEETLEJUICE follows Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis) after a sudden car accident leaves them haunting their own home. Soon these two fledgling ghosts seek the help of “bio-exorcist” Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to banish the well-to-do Deetzes before their once-quaint farmhouse gets turned into New York’s trendiest new summer art center. Featuring iconic starring turns from Catherine O'Hara & Winona Ryder as Delia and Lydia Deetz – and out actor Glenn Shadix as the unapologetically-in-your-face queer psychic interior designer Otho – BEETLEJUICE celebrates a campy and colorful otherworld where art is dangerous, family is chosen, women call the shots, and outsiders can proudly proclaim: “I myself am strange and unusual…”



QUEER HORROR is a bimonthly festival of genre works by queer artists, performers, and filmmakers questioning horror’s relation to queerness and what it means to identify with the monster. Maybe it’s the fact that queer people are so often relegated to shadows of otherness that the horror genre is more immediately relatable for us. We grew up with boogeymen. We’ve lived with boogeymen. Goblins and ghosts are a welcome escape from real-life monstrosities.

From the work of James Whale and John Waters to Patricia Highsmith and Clive Barker, horror has deeply impacted queer culture and sensibilities and QUEER HORROR asks why. QUEER HORROR is programmed and hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi and her human avatar Anthony Hudson, with artwork by resident artist Jason Edward Davis.

Earlier Event: October 8
Pepper + Bones Presents: Anything Goes
Later Event: October 17
NO to Rape Culture Benefit Show