Now that the excitement of the Vancouver International Film Festival has died down, I’m back to give you five of my picks for Queeroween flicks; yes, Halloween films that are gay or feature gay content. So let’s start!
1) The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975):
The cult musical sex-romp that brought us "The Time Warp" tops my list for this year's Queeroween flick fest. WHAT MAKES IT QUEER?: Uh, have you SEEN this movie? The cross-dressing, Rocky’s gold lame booty shorts, Frank’n Furter’s declaration of being a “sweet transvestite,” and the notorious pool orgy scene….Oh, and it’s a musical. Yup, very gay. If I didn’t include this film and didn’t put it at the top of my Queeroween movie list, I know I’d be hunted down by avid Rocky Horror fans. That, and I’d risk losing my gay card. Seriously.
2) Pornography: A Thriller (2009):
Now, this film I caught at the 2010 Vancouver Queer Film Festival, and not only did it leave me thinking “Huh? What just happened?”, it also had some genuinely chilling moments. WHAT MAKES IT QUEER?: Well, it concerns the mysterious disappearance of a hot porn star whose snuff film winds up a few years later in the hands of a hot gay couple who have just moved into his old apartment….Did I mention that they’re hot?
3) L.A. Zombie (2010):
This zombie porn flick comes direct from none other than the controversial queer filmmaker Bruce LaBruce. WHAT MAKES IT QUEER?: Zombies and porn. A lot of male nudity and gay sex scenes (featuring the legendary porn star Francois Sagat in the lead role) mixed with a lot of blood and gore. Sinfully delicious.
4) Fright Night (2011):
The '80s cult horror hit of the same name gets a splendid revamp, including some brilliant 3D effects. WHAT MAKES IT QUEER?: Colin Farell. In stunning 3D. This remake isn't gay per se, but it does have its queer moments, like the way Colin seduces Ed in the pool before turning him into one of the undead. Heck, if I had Colin Farrell breathing down my neck, wanting to turn me into a vampire, sign me up! And what's up with Mark and Ben being all insanely angry over Charlie Brewster's girlfriend and always spending hours in a car together? Hmm...
5) The Covenant (2006):
A gaggle of four teen witches come together to protect their powers and their loved ones from a vengeful member of a banished family line. WHAT MAKES IT QUEER?: Although the plot is quite dreadful, the teenage male witches who inhabit this film are nice pieces of eye candy. And who doesn’t like eye candy? It is Halloween, after all! There’s also a lot of homoerotic moments, including on-screen shower time, Speedos (Hello, swim team!), and a naked locker room fight sequence initiated by a gay slur. There’s even a scene where one teen warlock holds one guy down and kisses him to steal his powers! If only I could use that excuse in real life…
So what Queeroween flicks are you gonna be watching this Halloween? Comment below!