Screening as part of the Queer Fear double bill with The Old Dark House on 15 November at Everyman.

For those only familiar with the 2018 TV series The Haunting of Hill House, this ground-breaking 1963 adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel is a fascinating case study in how queerness was occasionally, though rarely, depicted. The Haunting is an unsettling tale about a group of people tasked with determining whether a creepy old house is, in fact, haunted. One of the investigators, Theodora (Claire Bloom in dazzling Mary Quant outfits) isn’t predatory or deranged like many queer characters of the genre. Instead, she’s a well-rounded, sympathetic protagonist, paving the way for Kate Siegel’s recent portrayal in the popular Netflix reimagining.

From James Whale and John Waters to Patricia Highsmith and Clive Barker, horror has profoundly impacted queer culture and sensibilities throughout cinema. Queer Fear aims to bring to light the narratives, filmmakers and characters that chart queer communities’ lasting fascination with the horror genre, from the monsters of the 1930s and 40s, the camp vampire romps of the 1960s, the cult of Rocky Horror, to the LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of today. Through Queer Fear we will examine how those once relegated to the monstrous margins of storytelling have staked a claim in one of the most radical and successful genres on our screens.

Also part of Queer Fear: The Old Dark House

The Haunting film poster