My life with a Drag Racer: Willam Belli

A NEW pic of Willam, who didn't like how he looked in the last one.

I didn’t get a preview screener of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 4, which premiered last night on Logo… probably because last year, they were pissed that I spilled the beans a few days early that Dallas’ Shangela would be the series’ first returning contestant. Maybe to get back at me — maybe to toy with me — this season began with Shangela again jumping out of a box as if she’d be the surprise 13th contestant… only it was a fake-out: She was in fact booted instantly with Ru reminding everyone this is her show, her rules.

Fair enough.

The premiere was pretty good, with lots of other past queens returning as drag zombies. But what really piqued my interest was the appearance of my former roommate, Willam Belli.

I wrote about Willam living in my house for two weeks (scroll down) about three years ago, when he was in Dallas filming Ticked Off Trannies with Knives. Aside from the “drag bomb” that turned my guest room into a clothes hamper, Willam was a very agreeable roommate with lots of experience as an actor. (I remembered seeing him on My Name Is Earl.) But he has already become “the bitchy one” on Drag Race, irritating the other queens by, apparently, reminding them that he is not a club dancer, but a cross-dressing actor who has worked with Oscar winners. You really get a sense for how much he antagonizes the more insecure queens on RuPaul’s Untucked after-show.

Still, I have nothing negative to say about Willam. But it will be interesting to see how the series plays out. Watch the first episode after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Fear factors

Forget tricking and treating this Halloween season — Jim Shackelford says these spots will run a chill down your spine. Just keep an eye on what’s behind you.

Screams in Waxahachie is literally the scary equivalent of Scarborough Faire. With five haunted houses, psychic readers and live music, Shackelford recommends this as an ideal group outing. ScreamsPark.com.

The Fatal End in the West End is new to the scene, as paranormal archaeologists have opened an entrance into the lower level of the building which has disturbing legends. Who knew all this creepy stuff was happening under the fudge factory? DallasHaunt.com.

Shackelford says all we needed to know about Hatch and Kraven’s Slaughterhouse in Sherman is “you can shoot paintballs at zombies.” We’re there. SlaughterhouseSherman.com.

The Dallas Historical Society goes one better with down-home myths at its Haunted Dallas Tour, where haunted sites and cemeteries will give you a scary appreciation for this old town. DallasHistory.org.

For a different kind of history, read our conversation online at DallasVoice.com with Fortunato Mata from the Dallas Costume Shoppe. He celebrates his 67th Halloween this year dressing goblins.

— R.L.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas

Maybe There Will Be an Australian Screening of L.A. Zombies After All

When you announce more than two weeks in advance that you're going to defy Australia's Film Classification Board and screen Bruce LaBruce's L.A. Zombies, is it an act of screwing the man, or a well-played stunt to continue driving interest in the bloody flick?

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