With the immense worldwide success of drag competitions like RuPaul’s Drag Race, we were not surprised to hear of a show that took the formula to a whole new, oftentimes shocking level. The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula is not just about drag, but also gore, horror and the grotesque, and it doesn’t skimp in any of these categories.
Now available to stream on Netflix in the US, created by Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula follows the format of having a stage show as the main event where each of the competitors showcase their styles and designs. The competitors are then judged and the two lowest-scoring designs will enter an elimination competition.
This elimination stage is where things get interesting to say the least. These challenges are more often than not fear based and can be either psychological, physical or a mixture of both! The stage is designed in a way that the competitors are made to face their fears and whoever isn’t up to the task will be asked to leave the show.
Past elimination stages have included things like; eating cow intestines, being buried alive, running the gauntlet of an extreme haunted house and being pierced by gauged needles.
The show is seen as an extremely important representative of not only the LGBTQ demographics but also those who feel that they are on the fringes of society. As succinctly put by Vander Van Odd, the winner of the show’s first season “It screams out to the weirdos and the outsiders of the world that they’re seen and they’re valuable, and there’s a family of freaks out here waiting for them.”
There have also been a whole host of celebrity judges who some horror fans may recognize, such as Hereditary‘s Milly Shapiro and The Nun‘s Bonnie Aarons.
With three successful seasons under its belt, the show is looking to go into season four as soon as possible.