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Horror films with gay themes/subtext


Nightmare on Elm Street 2

Basket Case

Interview With the Vampire

Sleepaway Camp

Any others?

by Anonymousreply 6310/12/2016

Daughter of Dracula (1936). The lesbian element isn't so buried as to be called a subtext. It's evidence and deliberate.

From Wiki:

"Dracula's Daughter was not as successful as the original upon its release, although it was generally critically well-reviewed. In the intervening decades, criticism has been deeply divided. Modern critics and scholars have noted the strong lesbian overtones of the film, overtones that Universal acknowledged from the start of filming and which they exploited in some early advertising."

by Anonymousreply 102/17/2013

The Haunting

The Claire Bloom character, Theodora, is gay. Very daring for 1962. And it's a positive portrayal, she's beautiful and smart. Julie Harris says something bitchy about it at one point, but she was obviously just being a cunt, and apologizes to Theo at the end.

by Anonymousreply 202/17/2013

Hilarious review of "Witchboard" by Scott, a gay critic

by Anonymousreply 302/17/2013

The antagonist in "Terror Train" was kind of nelly, if I remember correctly.

by Anonymousreply 502/17/2013

Silence of the Lambs; Single White Female; Dressed To kill

by Anonymousreply 602/17/2013

The Lost Boys. Corey Haim's Sam had a hot poster of Rob Lowe on his bedroom door, and there was just something about the tense relationship between Michael (Jason Patric) and David (Kiefer Sutherland).

by Anonymousreply 702/17/2013

"Fright Night" was brimming with gayness. For starters, it had Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys in the cast. As for the plot, there is a gay undercurrent in Stephen's outcast character Evil Ed.

by Anonymousreply 802/17/2013

OP has apparently never even heard of David DeCoteau who has made easily a dozen of these.

by Anonymousreply 1002/18/2013

Jeepers Creepers 2. Now who was the director? Hmmmmmmmmmm

by Anonymousreply 1102/18/2013

Voodoo Academy.

College jocks wearing nothing but their tighty whiteys all tied up.

by Anonymousreply 1202/18/2013

[post by racist shit-stain # 2 removed.]

by Anonymousreply 1302/18/2013


by Anonymousreply 1402/18/2013

[quote]OP has apparently never even heard of David DeCoteau who has made easily a dozen of these.

Actually I have, but they're so bad that I subconsciously forgot them.

by Anonymousreply 1502/19/2013

Sex And The City 2.

by Anonymousreply 1602/19/2013

Monster in the Closet even has a climax where the monster carries off the leading man who has fainted at the sight of the creature.

by Anonymousreply 1702/19/2013

Hellbent is very gay.

by Anonymousreply 1802/19/2013

HA! The Bride of Frankenstein comes to mind. There's Ernest Theisinger's queeny portrayal of Doctor Pretorius, aided by (gay) Colin Clive's Frankenstein. The prologue with Lord Byron and Percy (hehe) Shelly is very campy also. Director James Whale, also gay, just runs with it.

by Anonymousreply 1902/20/2013

"Fear No Evil" from 1981. As a sixteen year old gay guy coming to terms with his sexuality, this movie was a fucking eye-opener and a half. Very homoerotic throughout. The shower scene... well, it must be seen to be believed.

by Anonymousreply 2002/20/2013

The Shining.

Kubrick seldom left details to chance in his movies so Jack Nicholson looking at a Playgirl magazine in an early scene is probably most likely NOT some random happenstance.

by Anonymousreply 2102/20/2013

David DeCoteau ANYTHING.

Clive Barker ANYTHING.

by Anonymousreply 2202/20/2013

Movies like "Hellbent" and the DeCoteau stuff are intentionally for a gay audience. I was more going for just horror films that happen to have a gay subtext.

by Anonymousreply 2302/21/2013

The Three Stooges

by Anonymousreply 2402/21/2013

What's the shower scene in FNE, r20?

by Anonymousreply 2502/21/2013

Horror of Frankenstein (1970) - Hammer film with Ralph Bates as a Wildean-type scientist who creates a very hunky monster (David Prowse), who walks around half-naked for most of the film.

by Anonymousreply 2602/21/2013

The Rocky Horror Picture Show?

by Anonymousreply 2702/21/2013

That stuff about the subtext in the Shining is fairly homophobic...equating child molestation with homosexuality...was Kubrick a bigoted homophobe?

Isn't there also a homophobic scene in Barry Lyndon?

by Anonymousreply 2802/21/2013

I also think he's wrong in his conclusions in that Shining deconstruction. In a very peculiar way too. He points out that Torrence checks out every woman who walks by, yet suggests he's a gay pedophile? Wendy's a lesbian because there are some girly pics around? Ridiculous.

Kubrick's films were about seduction and (to some extent)initiation. It's the hotel trying to 'seduce' Torrence and his son Danny. I don't get that Torrence molested his son. Certainly not from the scene of Nicholson in the room with the naked ghost. He's suggesting that was really Danny? That doesn't make sense. Danny had been in the room and something terrible had clearly happened to him. Perhaps the ghost tried to 'seduce' him as she later did with the father. That's more thematically consistent given that she turns into an old woman while with Torrence, suggesting an age differential comparable to the one of the younger version ghost and the boy.

When he says that Lolita was about molestation, that's certainly not what the author intended. We have become enlightened about such things, and that's our contemporary perspective. But Lolita was meant to be about's a theme Kubrick comes back to again and again.

The hotel was, in essence, molesting them. It was trying to seduce them into its snare. It was successful with Torrence but not with Danny, because Danny had Wendy to protect him.

I think he over-read the Playgirl thing. There is a parent-child seduction going on, but it's not sexual. The father is trying to seduce the boy's soul, just as the hotel is trying to seduce his. I don't think Torrence was intended to be read as gay, unless Kubrick was just a raging homophobe who thought gayness was illness and evil. I think it's more likely that the female ghost molested Danny in that room, which is why he was so traumatized, just as she tried to seduce Torrence and then tricked him.

by Anonymousreply 2902/22/2013

I think Eli Roth's first Hostel movie is somewhat homoerotic.

The men that pay to torture the victims choose the sex and national origin that they want to have their way (so to speak) with.

Both of the friends that we follow through the story (Jay Hernandez and that dirty blond-haired actor) are selected by middle-aged males who I believe get a lot of sexual pleasure out of the 'procedures' that they perform on their bodies. The boys are tied down to chairs, and while Jay Hernandez got to keep his clothes on for some reason, the blond guy was in his boxer shorts throughout.

So if Hostel weren't a torture porn flick with the intention of showing the most stomach-turning scenes the ratings board would allow, the homoerotic element of the set up would be more evident.

by Anonymousreply 3002/22/2013

Hammer films and its competitors Amicus and Tigon all pushed the sexual boundaries in the 70s.

The Hammer trilogy "The Vampire Lovers", "Twins of Evil" and "Lust for a Vampire" were explicitly lesbian themed.

David Peel starred in Hammer's "Brides of Dracula", he was openly homosexual, and the movie has homosexual overtones.

The modern horror film "May" with Anna Faris and Angela Bettis features a lesbian relationship.

There is an older book called "Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film" about this very subject.

by Anonymousreply 3102/22/2013

Actually, the antagonist in "Terror Train" (one of Jamie Lee Curtis's post-"Halloween" horror flicks), played by Derek Mackinnon, is a gay drag performer in real life. His character in the film, Kenny, is a shy college student who gets a cruel prank played on him by members of a fraternity and a sorority (which include hottie Hart Bochner and Jamie Lee). He gets them all back by murdering them three years later during a party on a train. Kenny dons many costumes in the film as he offs his enemies, including dressing in drag as a magician's assisant (the magician being a young unknown David Copperfield). More gay subtext occurs in the movie with Hart's character Doc, who harbors what seems to be a little more than a crush on his best buddy. Vanity also appears in this movie, before she met up with Prince.

It's a good little Canadian horror flick that sort of forshadows all the attention bullies and their victims garner nowadays.

by Anonymousreply 3202/22/2013

R10 = The Usual Know-It-All Cunt who mistakes "Any others" for "Case closed."

What a creep.

by Anonymousreply 3302/22/2013

The Brotherhood V: Alumni

by Anonymousreply 3402/22/2013

Can't the PPSM troll just die already?

by Anonymousreply 3502/23/2013

The Shining is Kubrick's admission that he faked the moon landings in a sound stage.

After knowing this, one can piece together all of the symbolism in the film and it is absolutely awesome.

by Anonymousreply 3602/23/2013

I'm not saying that we didn't go to the moon, I'm just saying that NASA hired Kubrick to film the moon landing in the way they wanted as presented to the public.

There may have been some security issues or some discoveries they did not want us to know about.

Or, like many believe, we just never went.

by Anonymousreply 3702/23/2013

R38, you need to get yourself a life. You're pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 3802/23/2013

[R38], you need to get yourself a life. You're pathetic.

by: Anonymoustreply 38t02/23/2013 @ 02:59AM

by Anonymousreply 3901/16/2014

Well r38 certainly got over himself.

by Anonymousreply 4001/16/2014

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928). If autism is subset, metaphor for gay.

by Anonymousreply 4110/11/2016

Bite marks

by Anonymousreply 4210/11/2016

Witchboard is one of my favorite bad 80a movies. I never got the homoerotica in it though.

by Anonymousreply 4310/11/2016


by Anonymousreply 4410/11/2016

R4, don't play such cruel games.

That movie is a skidmark. The lead had to have been a porn star as he couldn't act and his body language says fuck me even when he's just standing there.

by Anonymousreply 4510/11/2016

The last scene in The Burning (1981) is very peculiar - the leading male character descends into an abandoned mineshift to save a nerdy teen boy from the killer. You could say they replaced the usual "final girl" with a "final boy" which gives it a homoerotic tone of some sort. The leading character actually has a girlfriend in the movie and it's interesting they didn't write her into the last scene (screenplay was written by none other than Bob Weinstein).

by Anonymousreply 4610/11/2016

And I also saw some gay subtext in Witchboard - those two guys acted as if they were ex-boyfriends and Todd Allen's reaction when the other guy died was very intense and emotional. Of course they were probably just very good friends but because male friendships are rarely presented in such raw and realistic manner onscreen (especially in corny horror movies) we immidiately label them as "gay" when we see them. Such portrayal of bromances were much more common in the past (like the famous kiss in Wings in 1927 or the two guys dancing in those 19th century Dickson Experimental Sound Films) - audiences back then probably paid no attention to those scenes but to modern-day viewers they seem gay.

by Anonymousreply 4710/11/2016

Terror Train! Hart Bochner.

by Anonymousreply 4810/11/2016

Night Of The Creeps

by Anonymousreply 4910/11/2016

Forget the name but it's really weird. This guy is being bullied and one bully even shows him how he's gonna bully him by ... kissing him in the gym showers. Then the victim goes crazy and gets strange powers and dresses up like Frank-n-Furter and goes vamping around shooting out electricity and sashaying and vamping some more. Kills a bunch of people at the town's annual Passion Play where they reenact the crucifixion. I am not making this up.

by Anonymousreply 5010/11/2016

R50 that is "Fear No Evil". A classic.

by Anonymousreply 5110/11/2016

I hate horror movies that associate African spirituality and homosexuality with evil. I do not waste my time watching them.

by Anonymousreply 5210/11/2016

R52 = old and shitty.

by Anonymousreply 5310/11/2016

R53 the only thing shitty that I see on me is my tight ass

by Anonymousreply 5410/11/2016

The 7th Victim.

by Anonymousreply 5510/11/2016

Nobody has mentioned The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is just about the gayest but coded thing ever from Hollywood's Golden Age.

by Anonymousreply 5610/12/2016


by Anonymousreply 5710/12/2016

The Forsaken has a "blood disorder" metaphor between a male vampire and his male buddy.

Purple Noon/Talented Mr. Ripley if you want to call thriller "horror."

Brent Corrigan tripe like I Was a Teenage Werebear, Kissing Darkness; Judas Kiss.


Dante's Cove/ The Lair

David DeCoteau soft porn (expect NOT to be scared).

Interview With a Vampire if you want to project

Psycho and Silence of the Lambs were about killer trannies.

by Anonymousreply 5810/12/2016

Rocky Horror

by Anonymousreply 5910/12/2016

Some of the moments that make Troll 2 constantly and accidentally hilarious are when it makes its characters look REALLY gay:

by Anonymousreply 6010/12/2016

[quote] Psycho and Silence of the Lambs were about killer trannies.

I just cannot see Clarice Starling as anything but a lesbian in SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

by Anonymousreply 6110/12/2016

R46, MINESHAFT the club ran from 1976-85!

by Anonymousreply 6210/12/2016
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