The Boulet Brothers' Dragula

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The Boulet Brothers' Dragula
Dragula S1 Hey Qween title card.png
Season 1 title screen
GenreReality competition
Created byThe Boulet Brothers
Directed byNathan Noyes
Creative director(s)Tito Soto
JudgesThe Boulet Brothers
Theme music composer
  • Swanthula Boulet
  • Adrian Sosa
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes17
Production
Executive producer(s)The Boulet Brothers

Executive producers for OutTV (S2):

  • Brad Danks
  • Philip Webb
  • Anhony Jiwa
Editor(s)
  • Nathan Noyes (S1)
  • KC Lindley (S1)
  • Aaron McMillan (S2)
  • Kevin Alexis Fernandez (S2)
Running time28–61 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Boulet Brothers Productions
  • Ash+Bone Cinema (S1)
Distributor
  • Hey Qween TV (S1)
  • Amazon Prime
  • OutTV (Canada)
  • SBS Viceland (Australia) (S2)
  • Wow Presents (S2)
Release
Original releaseOctober 31, 2016 (2016-10-31) –
present
External links
Website

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula[a] is a competition reality show produced by Boulet Brothers Productions in association with OutTV, hosted by the American drag queens The Boulet Brothers.[1][2] The first season initially aired on the YouTube channel Hey Qween!;[3][4][5] a remastered and expanded version subsequently aired on Canadian network OutTV and other platforms.[6] The second season was distributed by OutTV[7][8] and by WOW Presents.[9] The third season is scheduled to premiere on August 27, 2019.

Background[edit]

The Boulet Brothers, at Los Angeles DragCon 2018

The Boulet Brothers, known individually as Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet, are nightlife producers and hosts who developed the Dragula TV series based loosely off their long-running club event of the same name.[2][10] The club night ran monthly in Los Angeles and San Francisco, with special events in New York[11][12] and Austin, Texas.[13] Past winners of the club version of Dragula include Killer,[14] RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Valentina, and both Meatball and Pinché Queen, who later competed in Season 1 of the Dragula TV series.

Series overview[edit]

Season Premiere date Finale date Winner Runners-up Contestants Winner Prize
1 October 31, 2016 January 16, 2017 Vander Von Odd Melissa Befierce
Frankie Doom
9
  • $10,000
2 October 31, 2017 January 16, 2018 Biqtch Puddin' James Majesty
Victoria Elizabeth Black
10
  • $10,000
3 August 27, 2019 TBA TBA TBA 11
  • $25,000

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

The winner of the first season of Dragula, Vander Von Odd

The first episode aired on Halloween on October 31, 2016. Season 1 aired every other Monday on Hey Qween network. The season featured 9 contestants competing for the title and a prize of $10,000.[15] Guest judges included director Darren Stein and drag performers Peaches Christ and Heklina.[8] Competitors included Los Angeles-based Meatball.[1] At the end of the sixth episode, Vander Von Odd was crowned as the winner and the World's First Drag Supermonster.[16]

Season 1 was subsequently remastered, incorporating unutilized footage.[8] The remastered version was distributed by OutTv, Amazon Prime,[17] and SBS Viceland.[6]

Contestants[edit]

(All contestants in the first season resided in Los Angeles, California)

Contestant Outcome
Vander Von Odd Winner
Melissa Befierce Runner-up
Frankie Doom
Meatball 4th Place
Xochi Mochi 5th/6th Place
Loris
Foxie Adjuia 7th Place
Ursula Major 8th Place
Pinche Queen 9th Place

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant 1[18] 2[19] 3[20] 4[21] 5[22] 6[23]
Vander Von Odd WIN HIGH WIN SAFE SAFE Guest Winner
Melissa Befierce LOW BTM4 WIN HIGH SAFE Guest Runner-up
Frankie Doom HIGH BTM4 HIGH SAFE SAFE Guest Runner-up
Meatball BTM3 HIGH SAFE WIN ELIM Guest
Xochi Mochi HIGH BTM4 HIGH ELIM Guest
Loris BTM3 WIN BTM3 ELIM Guest
Foxie Adjuia HIGH HIGH ELIM Guest
Ursula Major LOW ELIM Guest
Pinche Queen ELIM
     The contestant won The Boulet Brothers' Dragula.
     The contestant was a runner-up.
     The contestant won the challenge.
     The contestant won the challenge but volunteered for the extermination challenge.
     The contestant received positive critiques but was ultimately declared as "safe."
     The contestant received negative critiques but was ultimately declared as "safe."
     The contestant was in the bottom and eligible for extermination.
     The contestant was exterminated.

Exterminations[edit]

Episode Contestants Challenge Exterminated
1 Loris vs. Meatball vs. Pinche Queen Being buried alive while in a coffin as bugs, water and dirt are thrown in your face Pinche Queen
2 Frankie Doom vs. Ursula Major Wrestle in a pool of mud aggressively and in character Ursula Major
Melissa Befierce vs. Xochi Mochi
3 Foxie Adjuia vs. Loris vs. Vander Von Odd Eat as much pig brains as possible without using hands Foxie Adjuia
4[α] Frankie Doom vs. Loris vs. Meatball vs. Melissa Befierce vs. Vander Von Odd vs. Xochi Mochi Perform a lip sync to Alaska Thunderfuck's song "Nails" while the other queens attempt to distract the performer by throwing food and other objects Loris
Xochi Mochi
5[α] Frankie Doom vs. Meatball vs. Melissa Befierce vs. Vander Von Odd Create a seamonster look, and endure a drag photoshoot in the cold San Francisco Bay Meatball
  1. ^ a b In this episode all queens had to compete in extermination challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their first participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their second participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their third participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their participation in the final challenge of the season.

Episode summary[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate Main Challenge Extermination Challenge
1 Wickedest Witch October 31, 2016 Design a wicked witch outfit and reenact the death of the Wicked Witch of the West Being buried alive while in a coffin as bugs, water and dirt are thrown in your face
2 80's Female Wrestler November 14, 2016 Design an 80's inspired wrestler look and perform a wrestling show Wrestle in a pool of mud aggressively and in character
3 Zombies in Death Valley November 28, 2016 Design a zombie look in Death Valley for their rotten runway and showcase their zombie acting Eat as much pig brains as possible without using hands
4 Pretty, Pink, Fishy Drag December 12, 2016 Showcase a pretty in pink, fishy drag Perform a lip sync to Alaska Thunderfuck's song "Nails" while the other queens attempt to distract the performer by throwing food and other objects
5 Trannyshack Club January 2, 2017 Perform for the guest judges Heklina and Peaches Christ at the club Trannyshack in San Francisco Create a seamonster look, and endure a drag photoshoot in the cold San Francisco Bay
6 Finale January 16, 2017 N/A Interpret and design three outfits with the principles of DRAGULA: Glamour, Filth and Horror
7 Secrets of Dragula: Lost Footage February 20, 2017 N/A N/A
Reunion[24] March 20, 2017 N/A N/A

Season 2 (2017–18)[edit]

The second season of Dragula premiered on October 31, 2017 and aired Tuesdays on OUTtv and WOW Presents.[25] This season featured 10 queens competing to be the World's Next Drag Supermonster. The title also came with a $10,000 cash prize.[26] Contestants in the second season included Seattle-based James Majesty[27] and Atlanta-based Biqtch Puddin' and Abhora.[28]

In episode 10, Victoria Elizabeth Black, James Majesty and Biqtch Puddin' competed for the title of Dragula, and at the end of the episode The Boulet Brothers crowned Biqtch Puddin' as the World's Next Drag Supermonster.[29]

Contestants[edit]

Contestant Hometown Outcome
Biqtch Puddin' Atlanta, Georgia Winner
James Majesty Seattle, Washington Runner-up
Victoria Elizabeth Black Orlando, Florida
Abhora Atlanta, Georgia 4th Place
Disasterina Los Angeles, California 5th Place
Erika Klash San Francisco, California 6th Place
Dahli Phoenix, Arizona 7th Place
Kendra Onixxx Pomona, California 8th Place
Monikkie Shame Seattle, Washington 9th Place
Felony Dodger Los Angeles, California 10th Place

Contestant progress[edit]

Contestant 1[30] 2[31] 3[32] 4[33] 5[34] 6[35] 7+8[36] 9[37] 10[38]
Biqtch Puddin' SAFE BTM6 WIN HIGH WIN HIGH SAFE Guest Winner
James Majesty WIN BTM6 SAFE WIN HIGH BTM3 WIN Guest Runner-up
Victoria Elizabeth Black HIGH WIN BTM2 HIGH BTM3 SAFE SAFE Guest Runner-up
Abhora HIGH HIGH LOW BTM3 BTM3 WIN ELIM Guest
Disasterina HIGH BTM6 HIGH SAFE HIGH ELIM Guest
Erika Klash BTM3 BTM6 HIGH BTM3 ELIM Guest
Dahli HIGH HIGH HIGH ELIM Guest
Kendra Onixxx SAFE BTM6 ELIM Guest
Monikkie Shame BTM3 ELIM Guest
Felony Dodger ELIM Guest
     The contestant won The Boulet Brothers' Dragula.
     The contestant was a runner-up.
     The contestant won the challenge.
     The contestant won the challenge but was also up for extermination.
     The contestant received positive critiques but was ultimately declared as "safe".
     The contestant received negative critiques but was ultimately declared as "safe".
     The contestant was in the bottom and eligible for elimination.
     The contestant was exterminated.

Exterminations[edit]

Episode Contestants Challenge Exterminated
1 Erika Klash vs. Felony Dodger vs. Monikkie Shame Competing with one another to see who can be pierced by the most body modification needles, with the contestant who received the fewest piercings receiving extermination Felony Dodger
2 Disasterina vs. Erika Klash Close-range paintball duel Monikkie Shame
James Majesty vs. Kendra Onixxx
Biqtch Puddin' vs. Monikkie Shame
3 Kendra Onixxx vs. Victoria Elizabeth Black Receive the worst tattoo you can think of Kendra Onixxx
4 Abhora vs. Dahli vs. Erika Klash Consume a three course meal based on the most alien food Dahli
5 Abhora vs. Erika Klash vs. Victoria Elizabeth Black Answer questions with a polygraph machine hooked on their bodies Erika Klash
6 Abhora vs. Disasterina vs. James Majesty Submerge their feet in a bucket full of ice for half an hour Disasterina
8[α] James Majesty vs. Victoria Elizabeth Black Fight in the Wasteland Weekend Thunderdome Abhora
Abhora vs. Biqtch Puddin'
  1. ^ In this episode all queens had to compete in extermination challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their first participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their second participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their fourth participation in the challenge.
     The contestant was exterminated after their participation in the final challenge of the season.

Episode summary[edit]

Episode Title Original Airdate Main Challenge Extermination Challenge
1 Cenobites October 31, 2017 Design an outfit inspired by their own drag style and the Cenobites Competing with one another to see who can be pierced by the most body modification needles, with the contestant who received the fewest piercings receiving extermination
2 Ghost Town Ghouls November 7, 2017 Design an outfit based on the ghosts of the Old West Close-range paintball duel
3 Shock Rock and Metal November 14, 2017 Present a look inspired by punk rock and heavy metal and perform on the stage as a band Receive the worst tattoo you can think of
4 Sci-Fi Babes November 21, 2017 Create an alien look and give birth to a baby based on that look Consume a three course meal based on the most alien food
5 Scream Queens November 28, 2017 Create a "scream queen/pretty" look and act in a horror movie Answer questions with a polygraph machine hooked on their bodies
6 Gothic Brides December 5, 2017 Create a gothic bride, prepare a lip sync performance of Switchblade Symphony's song "Gutter Glitter" and customize a fan Submerge their feet in a bucket full of ice for half an hour
7 Welcome to Wasteland (Part 1) December 12, 2017 Take part in a photoshoot in the desert near 100 °F (38 °C) temperatures N/A
8 Welcome to Wasteland (Part 2) December 19, 2017 Perform as a group at Wasteland Weekend with a theme for the performance Fight in the Wasteland Weekend Thunderdome
9 The Last Supper[α] January 9, 2018 N/A N/A
10 Finale January 16, 2018 Interpret and design three outfits with the principals of DRAGULA: Glamour, Filth and Horror. N/A
  1. ^ This was a reunion episode.

Season 3 (2019)[edit]

On December 5, 2017, OutTV and Boulet Brothers Productions announced that the third season had been greenlit. Season 3 retains the partnership with OutTV and will air on Amazon Prime in the United States.[39]

The Boulet Brothers announced via Twitter on February 23, 2018, that casting would be starting soon and used the hashtag "Season of the Witch".[40] Casting began on March 7, 2018[41] and finished twenty-one days later on March 28, 2018.[42]

The prize for the third season will be $25,000.[43] It will premiere on August 27, 2019.[44]

The story producer is writer Clint Catalyst.[45]

Contestants[edit]

The cast for the third season were revealed on July 11th, 2019.[46]

Contestant Hometown Outcome
Dollya Black Orlando, Florida
Evah Destruction Dallas, Texas
Hollow Eve San Francisco, California
Landon Cider Long Beach, California
Louisianna Purchase Austin, Texas
Maddelynn Hatter New York, New York
Maxi Glamour St. Louis, Missouri
Priscilla Chambers Asheville, North Carolina
St. Lucia Atlanta, Georgia
Violencia Exclamation Point Boston, Massachusetts
Yovska Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Reception[edit]

Since its original online airing, Dragula has received positive reviews. April Bennett, writing for Wicked Horror, considers the show to be a "truly horrifying experience".[47] Vice writer Jeff Leavell reviewed the series as being "loud, weird" and that it "pisses on heteronormativity". He also said that Dragula should not be thought of as "just a show about drag queens who love grotesque, hardcore queer performance art", and that "in its own way, it's encouraging us to stand united, whether you’re a supermonster or not".[1]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Season one had the subtitle Search for the World's First Drag Supermonster; season two had the subtitle Search for the World's Next Drag Supermonster.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leavell, Jeff (18 January 2018). "'Dragula' Is Loud, Weird, and Pisses on Heteronormativity". Vice. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Dommu, Rose (27 January 2018). "10 Questions With the Boulet Brothers". Out. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  3. ^ Tracer, Dan (1 November 2016). ""Dragula" Premieres As The Dark, Twisted Punk Cousin Of "Drag Race"". Queerty. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  4. ^ Strangeways, Michael (31 October 2016). "Boulet Brothers' New Competitive Drag Web Series "Dragula" Debuts Halloween". Seattle Gay Scene. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  5. ^ Emory, Lukas (20 December 2016). "Why You Need To Be Watching Dragula". The Odyssey Online. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b Russell, Stephen A. (9 February 2018). "Sink your teeth into season two of 'Dragula'". SBS. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  7. ^ Franks, Nico (26 July 2017). "OutTV takes another bite of Dragula". C21media. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Horbelt, Stephan (7 August 2017). "Here's What You Can Expect From Season 2 of the Boulet Brothers' 'Dragula'". Hornet Stories. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  9. ^ Salandra, Adam (28 September 2017). "Meet The Creepy Cast Of "Dragula" Season 2". NewNowNext. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  10. ^ Lecaro, Lina (9 September 2016). "The Boulet Brothers Keep L.A.'s Gay Nightlife Weird". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  11. ^ Podell, Michael (26 February 2016). "An Interview With Filthy Royalty, the Boulet Brothers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  12. ^ PAPERMAG (20 April 2015). "Leather, Wigs and Hotdogs: Scenes From Dragula". PAPERMAG. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  13. ^ Marloff, Sarah (29 April 2016). "The second annual Austin International Drag Fest returns this weekend". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. ^ St. James, James (11 September 2014). "RIP Killer aka Ryan Rorie". The WOW Report. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. ^ "DRAGULA: MEET THE MONSTERS". Hey Qween! TV. 3 October 2016.
  16. ^ "'Dragula' Winner Vander Von Odd Gabs With Us About RuPaul's DragCon NYC!". The WOW Report. 29 August 2017.
  17. ^ "DRAGULA – The Boulet Brothers". Pinksixty. 29 October 2017. Retrieved 3 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Wickedest Witch". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 1. 31 October 2016.
  19. ^ "80's Female Wrestler". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 2. 14 November 2016.
  20. ^ "Zombies in Death Valley". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 3. 28 November 2016.
  21. ^ "Pretty, Pink, Fishy Drag". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 4. 12 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Trannyshack Club". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 5. 2 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Finale". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 1. Episode 6. 16 January 2017.
  24. ^ Valdez, Matt (21 March 2017). "'Hey Qween' gets downright spooky with 'Dragula' reunion". Queerty. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  25. ^ "Boulet Brothers' Dragula - OUTtv". OUTtv.
  26. ^ "Meet The Creepy Cast Of "Dragula" Season 2". LOGO News.
  27. ^ Burns, Chase (17 January 2018). "Q&A: James Majesty on Dragula, Seattle, and Dame Judi Dench". The Stranger. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  28. ^ Wussy Staff (17 October 2017). "Two Atlanta Queens Announced for DRAGULA Season 2". WUSSY MAG. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  29. ^ Zane, Zachary (19 January 2018). "All Hail the World's Newest Drag Supermonster: Biqtch Puddin". Pride.com. Here Media. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  30. ^ "Cenobites". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 1. October 31, 2017.
  31. ^ "Ghost Town Ghouls". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 2. November 7, 2017.
  32. ^ "Shock Rock and Metal". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 3. November 14, 2017.
  33. ^ "Sci-Fi Babes". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 4. November 21, 2017.
  34. ^ "Scream Queens". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 5. November 28, 2017.
  35. ^ "Gothic Brides". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 6. December 5, 2017.
  36. ^ "Welcome to Wasteland (Part 2)". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 8. December 19, 2017.
  37. ^ "The Last Supper". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 9. January 9, 2018.
  38. ^ "Finale". The Boulet Brothers' Dragula. Season 2. Episode 10. January 16, 2018.
  39. ^ "The Boulet Brothers DRAGULA Season 3 Gets Greenlight". Pinksixty. 5 December 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  40. ^ @bouletbrothers (23 February 2018). "Casting S3. Wake up and get your shit together this weekend, uglies. Details coming very soon. #seasonofthewitch

    #bouletbrothersdragulaseasonthree"
    (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  41. ^ "Boulet Brothers' Dragula on Instagram: "Prove them wrong, ugly. Casting is now open for the Boulet Brothers Dragula S3! You must fill out the first part of the application asap to…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  42. ^ "Boulet Brothers' Dragula on Instagram: "WOW!!! On behalf of everyone at Boulet Brothers Productions we want to say thanks to everyone who submitted auditions for the Boulet…"". Instagram. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  43. ^ Hornbelt, Stephan (28 February 2018). "Casting Is Now Open for the Boulet Brothers' Third Season of 'Dragula'". Hornet Stories. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  44. ^ Boulet Brothers' Dragula (17 October 2018). "The Boulet Brothers DRAGULA S3 - Bad things come to those who wait. Prepare yourself and rewatch the first two seasons on Amazon and join the cult at @bouletbrothers & bouletbrothersdragula.com". Instagram. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  45. ^ https://www.gertrudepress.org/clint-catalyst.html
  46. ^ https://bouletbrothersdragula.com/
  47. ^ http://wickedhorror.com/features/dragula/

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