Horror Maestro Michael Varrati Launches Star-Studded Queer Genre Podcast
Writer and genre expert bridges the gap between LGBTQ+ and horror with legendary filmmakers, icons and authors
LOS ANGELES, July 4th, 2017 – Critically acclaimed screenwriter and horror expert Michael Varrati brings his highly anticipated ‘Dead for Filth’ queer horror podcast to REVRY, the first global LGBTQ+ digital streaming service.
‘Dead for Filth’ was conceived to better dissect, discuss and debate historical and contemporary links between the horror genre and the queer experience. Varrati already serves as the annual host and curator of San Diego Comic Con International’s Annual ‘Queer Fear’ panel, where he and a group of influential guests discuss the LGBTQ+ connection to genre works. Varrati felt an annual event just didn’t do the topic justice as there is certainly no shortage of fodder for Varrati and his guests to discuss, from lesbian vampire seduction in gothic novel ‘Carmilla’ to homoerotic presentation in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and the contemporary adoption of ‘The Babadook’ as a queer icon.
“There’s always been a strong correlation between horror and LGBTQ+ interests. Horror, more than any other genre, is the genre of the ‘outsider’,” Varrati explained, “It embodies a sense of otherness. When you exist outside of the mainstream or the popular crowd, that sense of other is something that you connect with and understand. I’ve been part of the genre community for a long time now and have been lucky to work with and meet many iconic artists along the way. The rich and profound conversations I’ve had led me to think ‘what if we got more time with each creator to just sit and really dig in, talk, and celebrate the genre?’ That’s what Dead for Filth is really ultimately all about.”
Varrati hints that the caliber of the conversations planned will be second to none, promising entertainment as well as analysis, saying: “The slate of guests I have lined up for this show is insane. We’ve got legendary filmmakers and actors, authors, drag icons, film festival organizers, punk rockers, and a few wild cards. We may have some serious stuff to discuss, but we’re also going to have a hell of a lot of fun.”
The fun is all kicking off August 18th on REVRY, the only global LGBTQ+ dedicated digital streaming platform committed to bringing all facets of the queer experience to a worldwide audience. REVRY is delighted to be bringing ‘Dead for Filth’ to a larger audience as part of popular podcast library which encompasses topics from politics to health, religion and entertainment, all with a queer perspective, and are celebrating the launch by offering new subscribers 25% off their first three months of REVRY by using the code ‘DFF2017’.
About Michael Varrati: Michael Varrati is a screenwriter, columnist, and occasional actor who is known primarily for his work within genre cinema. He has served as the writer behind a number of award-winning independent horror features such as Tales of Poe, Flesh for the Inferno, The Sins of Dracula, as well as a handful of critically acclaimed short films. Outside of the genre, Varrati has also written a number of successful TV movie projects for networks like Hallmark, Lifetime, Ion, and Oxygen. Beyond his work on the screen, Michael’s writing has appeared in a number of publications, including The Huffington Post, Vice, NewNowNext, FearNet, Videoscope magazine, VideoInk News, Tubefilter, and a celebrated regular column on peacheschrist.com. Varrati also serves as the annual host and curator of San Diego Comic Con International’s Annual “Queer Fear” panel, wherein he and an assortment of guests discuss the LGBTQ connection to genre works. Varrati and his work have been written on and profiled in such publications as Out, The Wall Street Journal, Fangoria, MTV News, and more.
About REVRY: REVRY is the world’s first LGBTQ streaming service dedicated to all forms of digital entertainment created by and for queer and allied audiences. A global first on both the new Apple TV and Google Chromecast, and also available on all Roku, Android, and iOS devices and the web, REVRY provides a convenient and queerated platform for discovering the best in LGBTQ entertainment. Headquartered in Los Angeles, REVRY’s diverse team brings more than 30 years of experience in tech, digital media, and LGBTQ advocacy. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @REVRYTV. Sign up for REVRY today at http://www.revry.tv/.