1666, the latest installment of Netflix's queer-inclusive horror trilogy film series, premieres today, and in it, we finally get to see the origins of the curse that has a strong and seemingly unending chokehold on the town of Shadyside!
In the third and final film in the series, we travel all the way back to the mid-1600s to learn about how a lethal combination of homophobia, prudishness, hatred, religious zealousness, and misogyny led to the downfall of Sarah Fier, a woman who was accused of practicing witchcraft and who sparked the curse that has been plaguing Shadyside for centuries.
Out got the chance to chat with the stars of 1666 — Gillian Jacobs, Ashley Zukerman, and Darrell Britt-Gibson — about being a part of a diverse, LGBTQ-centric, multi-generational horror series!
"I loved being a part of a project like that, because representation matters," Darrell Britt-Gibson, who plays Martin, told Out about being a part of a genre film that is inclusive, but where inclusion is not the main focus of the story. "It also doesn't always have to be the thing, right? You have these two characters who just love each other. They love each other. Nobody is a monolith. W spoke about this earlier and it's just so beautiful that, again, representation matters. And I think it really does matter in stuff like genre films because it's something you don't see a lot of in a genre film. So to have it represented the way that it is, is a testament to Leigh [Janiak] and to be able to just show that and to shine the light on just how beautiful we all are. We're better together and it's just so cool and to just be in this all together, doing this thing. I get excited even speaking about it 'cause it's just so necessary you know? We're here. And we get to just be."