With June being Pride month I wanted to examine the horror genre from the LBGTQ point of view. Emmy Award Nominee, choreographer and creator/director Glenn Packard, the man behind the 2017 slasher film Pitchfork (review), sat down with me to answer a few question about the genre from his point of view.
Horror Fuel: “What does Pride Month mean to you?”
Packard: “It’s a time to celebrate who I am, to remember those who marched for us to have the same rights as other humans. It is a time for me to stand tall and let the world know I am proud of who I am, and to never stop believing in yourself and to lead by example. What does it mean to you horror sis?”
Horror Fuel: “It’s a time to celebrate those who have the strength to live life on their terms, to be proud of who they are, and the love they share.”
Horror Fuel: “Will you tell us you’re coming out story?”
Packard: “Well must of it can be seen in the first 15 minutes of my horror indie film ‘PITCHFORK’, yeah that’s right, the character Hunter, played amazingly by Brian Raetz, was based off of me and my coming out story to my family, yeap my father once looked at me and mouthed those words “I can’t believe my son is a fairy” but I think my response was “well actually dad, I’m consider more a jock-type of gay” lol and that talk between Mrs. Killian and Hunter was the exact conversation I had with my mom many times. But like many others my coming out wasn’t the best with my family. They didn’t understand and that wasn’t their vision in their eyes of how they wanted their son to turn out. But I have to say they eventually came around, and are extremely proud of me, and not ashamed they have a gay son. I never threw the whole gay thing in their face, I knew it would take time, and just like above when I mention, lead by example, I did just that, by enjoying my life, enjoying my loves, and they saw this and saw I was happy. But to answer your question I have 2 coming out stories, I think all LGBTQ do, this is the coming out to my family, and then there is the coming out to your friends, I told my best friend at the time Angela Brown, I was around 22, and I was nervous as all hell, since I was a small town gay, but of course she excepted me with open arms and love, which is pretty much how all my friends I told after that were.”
Horror Fuel: “I imagine it had to be tough. But it’s great that you’re family came around. I know a lot of people aren’t that lucky. A lot of people don’t understand that living in a small town can make things like that tougher. I’m from a small town. In high school my best friend was a lesbian. I had to watch her go through a lot of tough situations.”
Horror Fuel: “As a choreographer and director do you feel like you have been treated differently?”
Packard: “Honestly no, I feel I was treated always like a professional.”
Horror Fuel: “Good.”
Horror Fuel: “What is your opinion on LGBTQ characters in the horror genre?”
Packard: “Well I know I would like to start seeing more of them, and different stereo types of LGBTQ. I took a big risk making the final girl actually a FINAL GAY! It’s a indie horror film, and it’s not always smart to take risks. But during filming, actually the character based on me, HUNTER, was supposed to be killed like 3rd in the film, I believed so much that it was important to have a strong lead gay character opposite Pitchfork, I decided during filming to change the script and have Hunter be the hero. Big risk, but one I stand by and am proud of. I love seeing this gay character, a bit nervous, unsure of himself, during the film transform into this strong, confident, gay hero! Whats your thoughts on this, Kelli?
Daniel Wilkinson, Lindsey Nicole, Brian Raetz, Ryan Moore, Celina Beach, Keith Webb, Sheila Leason, Nicole Dambro, Vibhu Raghave, Rachel Carter, Andrew Dawe-Collins, Carol Ludwick, Derek Reynolds, Addisyn Wallace and Anisbel Lopez co-star in the indie sleeper hit, written by Darryl F. Gariglio.