Pose alum and general trans superstar Dominique Jackson just absolutely smashed it in her portrayal of Bloody Mary, and things are truly looking up for transness in horror.
Most times this anthology series can fall more Goosebumps than Twilight Zone. The talents of Quvenzhané Wallis and a new writer/director pair made for a compelling watch, all brought home by Jackson’s commanding, nuanced presence.
This isn’t a Ryan Murphy production’s first time at trans women in horror; Angelica Ross was a psych doctor (and, spoiler, crafty killer collaborator) in American Horror Story: 1984.
As much as Ryan Murphy has put his weight behind growing queerness in horror in the past decade or so, he’s absolutely not the only one out here.
Quei Tann recently starred in Peacock’s queer conversion camp slasher They/Them as Alexandra, a brave girl who gets forced into the boys’ cabin (one of the first villainous acts of the antagonists that helps make their demise that much more deserved).
Sense8‘s Jamie Clayton is currently set to play the iconic Pinhead in the upcoming revamp of Hellraiser, and if her past performances are anything to go by, this will be one Pinhead we can be proud of.
Basically, it seems like the days of Silence of the Lambs‘ Buffalo Bill being a prominent trans woman character in horror are behind us — and thank god.
Here’s what the girls have to say about Ms. Jackson’s very scary Mary:
— David Opie (@DavidOpie) August 18, 2022
Dominique Jackson ate that bloody mary role up >>>>>>
— ♀️✨ (@LifeOfShadae) August 18, 2022
dominique jackson as bloody mary is pure excellence pic.twitter.com/qDH0V9XpcF
— deja’ is an alien superstar ミ☆ (@dejadehaan) August 18, 2022
— Lyndz (@lyndzz20) August 18, 2022
— Willow’s Pillow (@adrianneromcel2) August 18, 2022
— Devin – Art (@bluboy4ever) August 18, 2022
— Umi Naughty (@uminaughty) August 18, 2022
— ~ (@richonnescamino) August 19, 2022
Dominique Jackson ate everything she was in I fear… pic.twitter.com/cQVnZbdC85
— bitch i’m here (@itsmeTACOBELLA) August 15, 2022
— noah (@phevelous) August 18, 2022
Check out the trailer for Dominique Jackson’s “Bloody Mary” excellence: