• Maddy Flowers Sheehy

Hello Uglies, The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula Returns To Shudder For A New Season This October.

The scary-yet-glam drag competition with air exclusively on Shudder this Halloween season!

Mark your calendars, if you dare. The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula is back for its fourth season on October 19, 2021, with new episodes airing every Thursday exclusively on Shudder. Who will be crowned the world's next drag Super Monster?

The fourth season’s cast was revealed earlier this month in the Meet Our Monsters reveal video. Dragula is a drag competition rooted in horror movies, punk rock and the underground drag scene. The three tenets of the show are horror, filth, and glamour, which the hosts judge each contestant on each week. You shouldn’t be surprised to see blood dripping from the performers’ mouths, nods to horror icons, the supernatural, folklore, and a general middle-finger attitude towards the establishment.

If contestants find themselves in the bottom of the rankings, they face an extermination challenge that proves to be a bit more dramatic than lip-syncing for their lives. This includes being buried alive, eating raw brains or stapling cash to themselves. Dragula is also lauded for featuring drag artists with a wide array of diverse genders. This season is no exception, featuring drag artist Bitter Betty, "a self-identifying trans woman who brings 20-years of drag experience to the competition. She feels that trans drag artists are not allowed the same opportunities as cis drag performers, and she views the show as an opportunity to represent her community and bring home the crown."

Other cast members include RuPaul’s Drag Race alumi Jade Jolie, the first South Korean competitor HoSo Terra Toma, and winner of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula: Resurrection Halloween special Saint. Other competitors include La Zavaleta, Astrud Aurelia, Koco Caine, Formelda Hyde, and Merrie Cherry. These ten drag artists are competing to win the largest grand prize since the show began it's run, with the winner taking home $100,000. Guest judges throughout the show's history have often been members of the alternative scene, horror movie industry and the alt-drag world. Past hosts include Rachel True (The Craft), Darren Stein (Jawbreaker), Milly Shapiro (Hereditary), Peaches Christ, and Henry Rollins. Confirmed judges for the fourth season include Bob the Drag Queen, Poppy, Orville Peck, Kristian Nairn, Vanessa Hudgens, and Harvey Guillén.

The Boulet Brothers themselves are an instrumental part of why the show is so successful and exciting. The duo are queer icons who bring their love of campy horror to the series, as well as their passion for pushing their contestants as artists. They have repeatedly said that they do not judge the cast members on their drag – only their floor show performance and adherence to the weekly challenges – because “drag is art and art is subjective.”

Get caught up on previous seasons before the season four premiere on Shudder. Season one is available on the YouTube, seasons two and three are currently available on Netflix in the US, and the two-hour special The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Resurrection is available on Shudder.