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‘Joy Ride’, Gay Panic and the Real-Life Case of Matthew Shepard [Horror Queers Podcast]

'Joy Ride', Gay Panic and the Real-Life Case of Matthew Shepard [Horror Queers Podcast]

Caaaaandy Caaaaaane.

September was everywhere in the map, with episodes on influential gradual burn It Follows, A Nightmare on Elm Road‘s wacky “last” entry Freddy’s Lifeless, David Lynch’s surreal LA satire Mulholland Drive, and traditional lesbian vampire movie Dracula’s Daughter. Now that we’re into October, it’s time to convey out some massive titles, beginning with director John Dahl‘s beneath appreciated 2001 freeway horror flick, Pleasure Trip.

Within the movie, estranged brothers Lewis (Paul Walker) and Fuller (Steve Zahn) pull what they consider is a innocent prank on Rusty Nail, a lonely truck driver (voiced by Ted Levine). However what begins as a joke turns into one thing much more harmful when Rusty Nail begins stalking and terrorizing them, in addition to Lewis’ crush, Venna (Leelee Sobieski). All of it builds to a collection of dramatic close to deadly encounters because the trio struggle for his or her lives.

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Episode 146 – Pleasure Trip (2001)

We’re cruising into October with our trusty CB radio in hand for a rewatch of John Dahl’s Pleasure Trip (2001). The movie contains a fairly iconic scene of stars Paul Walker and Steve Zahn strolling bare right into a diner, however that’s not the one queer side of this freeway horror movie.

Utilizing Eric Langberg’s Gayly Dreadful piece, we take into account how the movie is in dialog with the 1998 homicide of Matthew Shepard and the way that opens up readings of hate crimes, homosexual panic and repressed sexuality within the movie’s villain Rusty Nail (Ted Levine).

Plus: Hint’s hatred of pranks, fears of doxxing, the movie’s MANY endings, misusing Leelee Sobieski, and coming to grips with the truth that Fuller is definitely an asshole.

Cross out Pleasure Trip!

Developing on Wednesday: In anticipation of Michael Myers’ return to theaters and Peacock with Halloween Kills, we’re revisiting the primary movie in David Gordon Inexperienced’s trilogy, Halloween (2018)!

– Joe & Hint

P.S. Subscribe to our Patreon for tons of extra content material! For October, we’re going all-in on horror TV with minisodes on Slasher: Flesh & Blood and Midnight Mass. Plus: we’re trying out new franchise entries Halloween Kills and Paranormal Exercise: Subsequent of Kin. Lastly, to coincide with the discharge of Don Mancini’s Chucky collection on Syfy, we’ll have a full audio commentary on Baby’s Play 2.