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Queer Horror: Desperate Living

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

Thursday, June 30 at 9:30 PM | $9 |

In celebration of John Waters’ 70th year on earth and Pride month, the Hollywood Theatre’s QUEER HORROR resurrects 1977’s DESPERATE LIVING! This special Pride edition hosted by Carla Rossi opens with a new short film by Portland’s own heir to Divine – Gula Delgatto of the Shorty Shorts Queer Film Festival!

The follow-up to Waters’ breakout classic PINK FLAMINGOS, DESPERATE LIVING finds Peggy Gravel (Mink Stole, aka the Meryl Streep of trash) on the run with her maid Grizelda (Jean Hill) after the accidental smothering death of her husband. The two stumble upon Mortville, a shantytown of criminals ruled by the insane Queen Carlotta (Edith Massey), and soon find themselves embroiled in a civil war fought with witches, cannibalism, lesbian prison sex, rabies, and a one-armed stripper named Flipper (Cookie Mueller). Featuring some of Waters’ most quotable lines, deviant characters, and his most bizarre plot ever, DESPERATE LIVING embodies the words QUEER HORROR with filthy, dirty perfection.




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: June 24