Death Drop Gorgeous
Wayne Richard, Brandon Perras, Michael McAdam, Matthew Pidge
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Think What Ever Happened to Baby Jane with a higher body count.
There are many modern horrors we can load up with queer subtext that have next to no actual LGBTQIA+ characters in them. Hello, Billy and Stu from Scream. Then, there are those classics, where the representation is, let’s say, problematic at best. We’re looking at you, Sleepaway Camp.
Death Drop Gorgeous follows in the footsteps of 2004’s Hellbent and 2018’s Killer Unicorn by being a slasher where the gay community is upfront and central to the plot.
In the city of Providence, someone is stalking gay bars in search of helpless victims to drain them of their blood. Paying homage to the loud and lurid colours of Argento’s best work, the film opens with the brutal killing of a twink in a car park, soundtracked by heavy synth.
As the bodies pile up, the film’s writer/directors follow two distinct people caught up in the madness. The first is Dwayne (Wayne Richard), a dejected barman licking his wounds after a recent breakup. Working for the abrasive Tony Two fingers (Brandon Perras), Dwayne is a sweet boy with a big temper who is painted as suspect numero uno in the murders.
Then there’s Gloria Hole (Michael McAdam), a tired and washed up drag queen whose best years are probably behind her. Hole fully channels Dorian Corey from Paris is Burning. Once the hottest name in Providence, she’s reduced to calling out the numbers in drag bingo.
Adding to Gloria’s woes are the newer queens overshadowing her with their youth and talent. Case in point: Janet Fitness (Matthew Pidge). Fitness is a neon coloured, bitchy queen who represents a generation of people who’ve grown up with RuPaul’s Drag Race, thinking the quickest way to the top is to be infamous rather than talented.
If this sounds a little heavy, don’t fear because for all its gory deaths – of which the highlight involves a meat grinder – Death Drop Gorgeous has its tongue stuck in its camp cheek. Think What Ever Happened to Baby Jane with a higher body count.