Bite Marks (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Halloween Highlights: 50 Queer Horror Flicks We Think Are Worth a Look – Part 1

If you’re the same kind of scare-seeking movie geek that I am, you’ll know that October is a time to light a few candles, turn down the lights, open up the windows to let in that fresh autumn breeze… before really setting the mood with some seasonally-appropriate scary movies! This month, I’m sure we’ll revisit some tried and true classics (think The Exorcist, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, the original Halloween). I have plans to finally bust open the Criterion Collection edition of Don’t Look Now I bought forever ago. Being authorities on all things gay-cinema, though, we at TLAgay.com wanted to put in a good word for some queer movies that don’t make the usual ranked horror lists. We came up with a selection of 50 different gay titles that are either direct horror movies or horror adjacent (suspense, mysteries, thrillers). Below, you’ll find the first ten movies – in alphabetical order – with new lists appearing each Monday in October. Keep checking back each week for the latest additions!

 

We tried to limit these to films that are currently available on our site – either on DVD or Blu-ray, or available via our On-Demand service. If a movie is missing from this list, chances are good it’s just out of print or otherwise currently unavailable/hard to access. This isn’t, as you’ll see, a definitive list of the greatest gay horror – that’s not what we were going for. This is just a sampling of some offerings that usually fly under the radar. Some are good, some are great, some are delightfully campy and ridiculous, some might be downright terrible, but they’re all available to help get your into the Halloween spirit!

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B&B (c) Breaking Glass Pictures

Gay Thriller Alert: Check Into B&B

The new film B&B follows gay couple Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale), who recently went to war when they were refused a double bed at a remote Christian guest house. They won their court case and now they’re back to claim their conjugal rights. Triumph turns to terror, however, when a Russian neo-Nazi checks in. Their weekend of fun soon becomes a bloody battle for survival.

 

Just in time for Halloween comes this smart, brutally funny and dark thriller from veteran British television director Joe Ahearne. “I love Hitchcock and all manner of suspense thrillers but I’ve barely seen any where gay characters are the heroes. I also wanted to do a thriller where there’s a lightness of touch but shocking intensity where you need it,” said Ahearne. “I see this as a black comedy thriller about two guys who take a holiday for a joke which goes badly, seriously, terribly wrong. As the stakes amplify, the last thing they lose is their sense of humour. Imagine the couple from Withnail and I checked into the Bates motel.”

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A Closer Walk with Thee

Queer Horror: A Closer Walk with Thee

Coming just in time for Halloween, the new thriller A Closer Walk with Thee aims to take care of your seasonal scare needs while offering a heaping helping of homoeroticism!

 

A Closer Walk with Thee is a queer psychological horror feature. In fact, it may actually be the first of its kind! As far as we can tell, there are currently zero narrative features centered around gay “curing” exorcisms (which are a real thing that still tragically exist). The growing movement of “deliverance” churches (Evangelical exorcism) is a previously untapped yet rich genre territory that the filmmakers were excited to explore. According to their original Kickstarter page, a major catalyst in getting the film made, the movie is “an unrelenting and intense emotional experience that will offer something unique to queer, horror, and art house fan-bases alike.”

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