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Queer Horror: Batman Returns

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

The Hollywood Theatre’s bimonthly program QUEER HORROR celebrates a year of women-centric programming with a 25th anniversary screening BATMAN RETURNS! Hosted by Portland’s premier drag clown Carla Rossi, this 35mm holiday spectacle opens with a huge drag and burlesque preshow tribute to Catwoman in all her incarnations.

Directed by Tim Burton, 1992’s BATMAN RETURNS pits Batman (Michael Keaton) against an inexperienced shock politician (Danny DeVito) funded by a woman-murdering CEO (Christopher Walken). Meanwhile, as the men of Gotham squabble amongst themselves, the mysterious vigilante Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) is born from beneath a swarm of alleycats and prowls the streets of Gotham in search of vengeance. Simultaneously the greatest and least-Batman film ever made, BATMAN RETURNS is the only gothic childhood Christmas classic featuring Siouxsie and the Banshees and an exaltation of the avenging, chaotic feminine led by the battle cry “I am Catwoman – hear me roar!”

Thursday, December 14th at 8:30 PM | $10



Come dressed up to win our COSTUME CONTEST at the QUEER HORROR HOLIDAY AFTERPARTY right after the movie at THE KNOW! *FREE*


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. Crawl into the crypt at

Earlier Event: December 9
SLANT: Live Queer Storytelling