Kristen Stewart is an icon of both the LGBTQ+ community and the vampire-loving community, and her new show, Living For The Dead, sits exactly at the intersection of that Venn diagram.
The multi-awarded actress and director is behind this exciting new queer ghost-hunting show, which premieres just in time for Halloween. Living For The Dead promises to explore some of the country’s most haunted places, not only to talk to the dead but to deal with the trauma of the living who still feel them.
And really, who knows more about trauma — and healing from it — than a group of queers?
Who Is In Living For The Dead?
Stewart serves as both the executive producer and narrator of Living For The Dead. The new unscripted series is also produced by Scout Productions, the creators of Queer Eye.
According to IMDb, the show follows “five amazing, queer ghost hunters” as they “travel the nation to save the living by mending the dead.”
The five queer paranormal investigators, a group who call themselves the “Ghost Hunties,” are: Alex Le May (a tech expert), Juju Bae (a witch), Ken Boggle (a tarot card reader), Roz Hernandez (a paranormal researcher), and Logan Taylor (a psychic and medium, who quips: “I get to come out twice: for being gay and for talking to dead people!”).
What is Kristen Stewart’s Living For The Dead About?
Living For The Dead’s official synopsis reads: “Five amazing, queer ghost hunters travel the nation to save the living by mending the dead. They will reveal the unseen and reveal untold tales as they investigate some of the most notorious haunted places in the globe. Together, they will overcome barriers to bring acceptance to both the living and the deceased who are misunderstood.”
While casting for the show back in 2022, Stewart had described Living For The Dead to be “the most gayest, most funnest, most titillating queer ghost-hunting show ever,” which, given the fact that it’s the only gay ghost-hunting show we have so far — kind of like a Queer Eye for the Dead Guy, if you will — is probably true.
The on-screen team of queer experts on all things paranormal are set to explore places many of us might be too spooked to visit.
Over the course of Living For The Dead’s eight episodes, the Ghost Hunties are set to visit haunted sites like the Clown Motel in Nevada, the abandoned Copper Queen Hotel in Arizona, the Waverly Hills Sanitorium and Palace Theater in Kentucky, and even a strip club called The Palomino in Las Vegas. The five paranormal experts, each with their own specialties, all bring a decidedly queer take on these spooky cases.
They explore haunted sites, investigate apparitions, and deal with demonic possessions. The Ghost Hunties are also set to conduct séances — or, in this show, ‘gay-ances’ — as they attempt to help the living deal with the dead.
“We’re not just here to give voices to those who are no longer with us,” says Ken, the tarot card expert. “We’re here to make the lives of people who are experiencing that better.”
Stewart, who rose to mainstream fame as Bella Swan in the Twilight Saga and has since come out with projects like the queer Christmas film Happiest Season and the critically acclaimed Spencer, is very excited about Living For The Dead.
Speaking to People Magazine, Stewart shared, “It’s so cool and enlivening that me and my best friend CJ Romero had this funny idea, and now it’s a show. It started as a bit of a hypothetical silly pipe dream, and now I am so proud to have shepherded something that is as moving and meaningful as it is truly a gay old time.”
She also described the Ghost Hunties as a team that “makes me laugh and cry,” and “had the courage and heart to take us places I wouldn’t go by myself.”
Stewart went on to say that this first season of Living For The Dead is just the beginning. “We wanna one day have traipsed across the entire spooky ass country — maybe the world!” Of course, we’re right here dreaming with her.
Living For The Dead continues a long-standing tradition of queer occultism, which has played out in lots of fascinating ways over the years — not just in queer horror cinema history, but also in more contemporary examples. These include the unexpected queer icon that is M3Gan, as well as Phoebe Bridgers inventing ghostly imagery and lyricism in Stranger in the Alps.
Plus, if you’re upset that Stewart is only narrating this series and not starring in it, you can watch her interact with a ghost, complete with electric queer subtext, in Olivier Assayas’s psychological thriller Personal Shopper. One of the Ghost Hunties, Roz, even runs her own podcast called Ghosted!, which covers “ghost stories, psychic experiences and all things that go BUMP in the night.”
Is There a Trailer for Kristen Stewart’s Living For The Dead?
Yes! Hulu dropped the very first trailer for Living For The Dead earlier this week. You can watch it here:
The bone-chilling video hints at spooky experiences, sure, but it also highlights queer joy and an emotional journey for the five Ghost Hunties and the still-breathing people they get to meet.
Most of all, Living For The Dead also looks to be a lot of fun, with Roz, the paranormal researcher, adding a spin to The Sixth Sense’s most famous quote when she whispers, right into the night vision camera, “I hear gay people.”
Where and When Can I Watch Kristen Stewart’s Living For The Dead?
Living For The Dead will premiere on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, on Hulu.
The queer ghost-hunting show joins other spooky offerings on the streaming company’s ‘Huluween’ line-up, which includes a Goosebumps series premiering on Friday the 13th, as well as the streaming releases of Cobweb, The Boogeyman, and Slotherhouse. The American Horror Stories anthology series is also set to make a spooky return.