October in Atlanta has arrived, and for many queers that is cause for one giant celebration: Gay Pride. While Pride festivities account for a long and debauchery-induced weekend in mid-October, for the strange and unusual and I, myself, am strange and unusual it stands for a month long dedication of all spook-worthy subjects to ascend to the surface. AKA Halloween, duh. While some people live the lifestyle year round, the month of October is when a muggle can muster the courage to be festive, particularly when it comes to viewing horror films.
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Queer-Coding and Horror Films
Bruce LaBruce is a fan of skin. And it shows in his work. The first of these films brought LaBruce fame as a gay director with nothing to hide: he starred, and had sex in it. And LaBruce — who has an upcoming retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art , NYC — depicts another of the prominent sensations we associate with skin: pain.
Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film
The study of gay and lesbian cinema became a growing concern in the wake of s feminist film theory and the discipline's increasing attention to issues of representation—of women, of racial and ethnic minorities, and eventually of gay and lesbian people. While there had been a few attempts to discuss onscreen homosexuality prior to that period such as Parker Tyler's Screening the Sexes: Homosexuality in the Movies  , the seminal text on the subject was Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies first published in , revised and updated in In it, Russo examined over eighty years of film history, exploring the ways and means in which gay and lesbian people had been portrayed at the movies. Those images carried considerable cultural weight; for many people, these images were all they ever "saw" or "knew" about homosexuality before the sexual revolution of the s.
Thankfully, the canon of queer horror titles has been slowly building over the past several decades, aided by a number of recent indie films that prioritize inclusion and twist some of the character tropes followed strictly in more mainstream movies. While there are many to choose from, here are 11 queer horror films to put toward the top of your watchlist for "Gay Christmas" — otherwise known as Halloween. Gay Londoners Marc and Fred went to war when they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. What could possibly go wrong? Gabby Hoffman, of "Transparent" fame, stars as a mother whose grief over the death of her toddler turns into paranoia that her neighbors are part of a satanic cult.