Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) feat. FriGay the 13th
Pride month continues with a queer positive slasher film that most people have never seen!
We're joined by fellow queer podcasters Andrew and Matty, aka FriGay the 13th, to unpack the delirious madness of Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (aka Night Warning). This exploitation/video nasty tends to make waves for Susan Tyell's incestuous relationship with her twinky son, but the real topic here is the film's true villain: the homophobic cop who hates gays.
In addition to its bombastic Final Destination 2 opening car crash and William Asher's workmanlike direction, the group debates Tyrell's artistic choices, sports in slashers, and twinks vs daddies. Plus: Andrew is obsessed with Julie the indestructible girlfriend, and Trace wonders who has a machete lying around the house? Also: do vaginas have flaps like boxes?
Finally, and most significantly, a serious talk about how Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker reflects real life tensions between the queer community and the police and how the film's odd double release pattern put it on opposite sides of the AIDS epidemic.
> Trace: @tracedthurman
> Joe: @bstolemyremote
> FriGay the 13th: @frigay13
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