For lovers of horror, camp, and the bloody glee that comes with combining these two issues, this month marks a special day: the re-release of All About Evil, the primary feature-length movie directed by Joshua Grannell, a.okay.a. horror drag legend Peaches Christ.
As Peaches Christ, Grannell has toured the nation with the Midnight Mass cult horror highway present, and hosts a podcast of the identical identify celebrating cult movie. “Rising up and being a subscriber to Fangoria journal and being a child that liked horror films, I noticed cult movies as being a really particular form of film that match into a particular set of tropes, and positively being transgressive was one among them,” he tells Consequence.
“However over time, I’d say that, in all probability due to doing the Midnight Mass film collection and likewise having the podcast, I feel movies which have a rabid following behind them of followers, individuals which can be particularly focused on these movies, that to me may be very ‘cult.’”
The independently-produced movie stars Natasha Lyonne as Deborah, who discovers her internal psycho after inheriting her father’s movie show, and begins producing grotesque movies that includes her personal real-life murders for an adoring inhabitants, together with highschool pupil Steven, performed by Thomas Dekker.
When Dekker was forged within the movie, he was already a working TV actor with key roles in NBC’s Heroes and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. However All About Evil was essential for him as a result of it was one thing his administration staff on the time wasn’t thrilled about him doing — “simply because whenever you come off of an enormous present or no matter, they wish to stick you within the big-money grabs.”
Nevertheless, it was his first indie challenge, “and now I’ve carried out so many. And I feel that’s as a result of that’s the place my coronary heart lies. My spirit aligns with at the very least independently-minded filmmaking — I used to be simply 21, and I used to be hungry to do one thing that, to me, mattered.”
After which, he says, “Enter Joshua-slash-Peaches, after which Mink, and Cassandra, and Natasha, and Darren, and San Francisco, and all the pieces that went with it. It was identical to answering each little queer cult-loving prayer of mine, at the moment. I used to be solely bummed that I needed to play the straight man, because it have been — the protagonist that doesn’t get to go fully insane. On the time, I wished to go loopy, too. However I simply rewatched it with Joshua, and it’s candy to see myself taking part in that function on this universe. As a result of I really feel so in tune with the evil household as a human being, nevertheless it’s very nice that I get to be Steven in it.”
Whereas ostensibly the “straight man,” Grannell says that the character of Steven is “mainly me in highschool, and Natasha’s character is mainly Peaches… He’s in love with Deborah the best way that I used to be in love with Elvira. So now, once I’m eager about Steven, there’s a cause you by no means see him kiss a woman within the film, or act a sure manner. Although he denies that perhaps he’s homosexual to his mom, it doesn’t imply that he’s not homosexual. I’m not saying he’s or he isn’t. He’s at a stage in highschool the place it’s all a thriller. I’ll say this: he’s very a lot me. So take that for what it’s price.”
An essential element: Steven’s mom within the movie is performed by Cassandra Peterson — a.okay.a. Elvira herself.