Now Available On-Demand: Once a Year on Blackpool Sands

Once A Year on Blackpool Sands is a triumphant new comedy-drama based on real events, regarding an extraordinary night in Blackpool 1953, several days after the Queen’s Coronation.

Tommy and Eddy (Macaulay Cooper and Kyle Brooks) are coal miners and secret gay lovers who spend their holiday at a quirky bed and breakfast in Blackpool, along with a few other “alternative” members of society. Together, they summon up the courage to do the first fabled walk towards Gay Pride.

Written and directed by Karlton Parris, this true story offers a rare glimpse into an underrepresented era in LGBTQ history. Touching and poignant, Once a Year on Blackpool Sands offers up a portrayal of the lives of working-class gay men and the women who supported them, in a time when homosexuality was a crime.

 

Watch the trailer for Once a Year on Blackpool Sands below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD and VOD on October 28th.

 

20 Gay Horror Movies to Stream This Halloween!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN, GAY MOVIE LOVERS!

It’s time to light a few candles, turn down the lights, open up the windows to let in that fresh autumn breeze and enjoy some seasonally-appropriate scary movies! Here is a list of 20 Gay Horror Movies You Can Watch RIGHT NOW at TLAgay!

 

Alpha Delta Zatan
Starring an all-male of cast of underwear-clad up-and-comers, Alpha Delta Zatan delivers audiences a fun, sensual spin on the “sorority massacre” sub-genre of horror flicks. A goofy but noble young college kid is pleasantly surprised to learn that he’s been invited to join his school’s most exclusive fraternity house. Unfortunately, he’s about to discover that there is something far scarier than hazing rituals in his future… especially once the masked, knife-wielding slasher shows up.

 

Arrebato (Rapture)
Horror movie director Jose is adrift in a sea of doubt and drugs. When he receives a mysterious package from past acquaintance – containing a reel of film, an audiotape and a door key – the boundaries of time, space and sexuality are erased and he soon finds himself trapped in a hallucinogenic new reality. Made in 1979, Arrebato (a.k.a. Rapture) happens to be Pedro Almodovar’s favorite horror film. With a brand-new 4K restoration, this dimension-shattering blend of hard drugs, graphic sex and sinister Super-8 looks better than ever.

B&B
Handsome gay Londoners Marc and Fred (Tom Bateman and Sean Teale) plan a weekend of mischief, returning to bait the owner of a remote B&B who they successfully sued a year prior for not allowing them to share a bed. Events take a deadly turn when another guest, with far more sinister intentions, arrives. Marc and Fred’s weekend of fun turns into a suspenseful battle for survival in this smart, comedic dark thriller. B&B will keep you guessing until the end!

 

Bite Marks
Hunky truck driver Brewster (Benjamin Lutz) takes over his missing brother’s delivery of coffins. On the way to his funeral home destination, he picks up some hitchhikers: the cute and wise-cracking Cary (Windham Beacham) and his smitten but tense boyfriend Vogel (David Alanson). When a faulty GPS leads them to a deserted junkyard, an assortment of blood-thirty monsters begin to attack! Now, the mismatched trio must try to survive until dawn in this gory gay indie.

 

Black Briefs
Curated by writer/director Rob Williams, Black Briefs features six short films with horror-adjacent stories and themes. Highlights include Hong Khaou’s Spring, about a young man who meets up with a stranger for some exploratory sadomasochistic sex; and Jack Plotnick’s Video Night, in which a group of filmmakers discover something unexpected in their footage. Our favorite is Greg Ivan Smith’s Remission, following a man, alone in a secluded cabin, haunted by a terrifying figure.

 

Bloody Knuckles
Travis (Adam Boys), an underground comic book artist, lost his hand to a thin-skinned Chinatown crime lord. Drinking way too much, Travis wallows in post-severed hand depression. But when his hand comes back to him, seemingly alive, slightly rotted and determined to exact revenge, they team up with a masked gay S&M superhero to rid the city of evil and criminality once and for all. Bloody Knuckles is a deliriously offensive, gory and happily un-PC horror-comedy.

 

A Closer Walk with Thee
Jordan (AJ Knight) is a good Christian kid, except that he’s starting to have impure sexual thoughts about his close friend and fellow missionary Eli (Gregory Shelby). Eli, a fledgling exorcist, suggests that a demonic possession might be causing these feelings. Indeed, Jordan begins to enact signs of possession, prompting Eli to take action. What begins as a ritualistic method of trying to save their friendship quickly spirals out of control and descends into darkness and violence.

 

Confessions
Dark, intense, funny, romantic and often shocking, this genre-hopping anthology film from director Mark Bessenger features sixteen monologues from different gay men. “The Actor,” “The Wrestler,” “The Porn Agent,” “The Beard,” “The Sweet Sixteen” and many more share their deepest secrets and most taboo desires (some of which are truly horrific) in quick, eye-popping vignettes. Don’t miss this unique, endlessly fun and achingly sexy experimental film.

 

CUT!
Marcos is a struggling low-budget filmmaker who is desperate to finish his latest project – a queer take on Italian Giallo thrillers of the 1970s. But when the cast and crew of his movie end up the victims of a deranged serial killer, he quickly becomes both a prime suspect for the investigators and the killer’s next potential target! He finds he must keep working if he wants to survive! Paying homage to sleazy Euro-thrillers, this vibrant new horror-comedy melds together mystery, camp, pastiche and heavy doses of homoeroticism.

 

Der Samurai
Jakob (Michel Diercks) is a policeman in a village deep in the woods, where little happens until the arrival of a mysterious wolf starts causing havoc. Working the night shift, Jakob is tracking the wolf… only to discover that the lupine lurker is actually a man clad only in lipstick and a ladies’ slip, and toting a samurai sword that he uses to lop off the heads of the townspeople. Jakob and the samurai seem to share a bond, and as the night gets darker, events get even weirder.

 

Devil’s Path
Two strangers (Stephen Twardokus and JD Scalzo) meet in a wilderness park where gay men cruise for sex. What seems like an innocent and random meeting quickly descends into a horrific nightmare. With recent disappearances, the two men find themselves in a deadly game of cat and mouse. As they flee further into the woods to escape the danger, they begin to understand that the greatest danger of all may be closer than either of them realize.

 

Drink Me
James and Andy (Emmett Friel and Darren Munn) seem to have everything they ever dreamed of… but things are about to change. When Andy loses his job, they decide to take in a handsome stranger named Sebastian (Chris Ellis-Stanton). Nightmares come to life as Andy realizes that Sebastian is hiding a dark secret. Could Sebastian be the killer stalking the streets of their neighborhood? A classically sexy horror-thriller, Drink Me is highly erotic, featuring three hot lead actors.

 

Innocent Boy
Off a lonely Texas highway, a group of hustlers prey on the desperados who come to their backwoods home for sex and drugs. When a murderous cowboy (Kamy D. Bruder) rolls into town, Penny (Unique Jenkins), a young trans boy, is pushed to survive the night and change his less-then-ideal life in the process. An expertly-crafted short film debut from writer-director Brock Cravy, Innocent Boy is a wild, colorful, shocking and original vision of queer horror.

 

Kissing Darkness
A group of college boys, bored with the everyday “gay life” of LA, decide to skip pride weekend. Instead, they gear up for a camping trip in the woods. Quickly into their trip, the boys venture into a game that ultimately unleashes the vengeful spirit of a local legend known as “Malice Valeria.” Overcome by her deadly plan of tainted love and her thirst to take back what was lost long ago, the boys must now band together before they fall victim to the poisons of a broken heart.

 

Knife+Heart
This sexually explicit throwback thriller from visionary writer-director Yann Gonzalez is a must-see. Vanessa Paradis stars as Anne, a savvy French woman who produces third-rate gay porn. When one of her actors is brutally murdered, Anne gets caught up in a strange investigation that turns her life upside-down. Shot on 35mm and featuring a killer retro score, Knife+Heart is an ultra-stylish and blood-soaked ode to 1970s-era Brian De Palma, Dario Argento and William Friedkin.

 

Rapture in Blue
Ryder Houston’s Rapture in Blue follows a young man’s quest through flickering neon and hazy noir shadows to find his true self. After Jason (Bryce Lederer) tries to use his childhood home for a steamy rendezvous with his girlfriend, he discovers it newly occupied by the smoldering Sebastian (Tanner Garmon). Wracked with desires he’s long tried to ignore, a growing sense of unease permeates his life. He soon realizes he needs to confront the madness consuming him.

 

Rift
Gunnar (Björn Stefánsson) is woken up late at night by a call from his former boyfriend, Einar (Sigurður Þór Óskarsson), who is staying at his summer home in a remote part of Iceland. When Einar confesses that he has the feeling he isn’t alone, Gunnar drives out to join him. As the two work to navigate their broken relationship, they’re seemingly being stalked by a mysterious stranger lurking outside the cabin. Rift is a chilling relationship drama and psychological thriller.

 

Shadowlands
Directed by Charlie David, Shadowlands tells three stories exploring the erotic and the macabre. The film begins in 1928 with a plastic surgeon hell-bent on human perfection. Fast forward to 1951 where we meet a gay military couple exploring the idea of opening their relationship while on a remote camping trip… where they meet a mysterious stranger. The stories conclude in 2018 when a painter, mourning the loss of his lover, becomes obsessed with re-creating him in his art.

 

The Skin of the Teeth
When Josef (Pascal Arquimedes) arrives at John’s (Donal Brophy) apartment for a date, their prickly energy slowly gives way to genuine chemistry. But after swallowing a pill with mind-bending effects, Josef quickly slides helplessly down a rabbit hole of temporal sleight-of-hand, plunged into a surreal interrogation of everything he is. A critically-acclaimed hit at film festivals, director Matthew Wollin’s heady thriller drew comparisons to Jordan Peele’s Get Out.

 

Tooth 4 Tooth
Beginning with a confrontation between religious zealots and drag performers, this stylish short horror film from director Alice Maio Mackay examines both literal and figurative monsters. While investigating the morder of a friend, a drag artist and an activist film themselves caught in an old war between those who feed on the blood of the fearful and those who feed on the blood of the hateful. Tooth 4 Tooth is a clever horror flick that marks the arrival of a promising filmmaker.

 

The Year I Lost My Mind
From prolific director Tor Iben comes The Year I Lost My Mind, a titillating thriller about a lonely young man who becomes dangerously obsessed with a mysterious stranger. After encountering him during a burglary, Tom (Alexander Tsypilev) begins stalking and antagonizing the attractive young Lars (Julien Lickert). When Lars finds out about Tom’s intentions, he manages to turn the tables on him, leading to a shocking confrontation (and a whole lot of sexual tension).

The Swimmer is one of the year’s hottest and most acclaimed gay movies!

“Boldly provocative… a bracingly clever celebration of youthful physicality.” – Shadows on the Wall

“As you might guess, there’s a lot of beautiful bodies on display.” – The Arts StL

“A compact and sexy crowd-pleaser… The filmmaker is playing up the eroticism for sure, but when the nature of the sport you’re portraying is already pretty nude, he’s managed – with aplomb – to turn up the voyeurism to thirteen.” – The Pink Lens

“A potent depiction of prejudice and loneliness… pulls out all the stops for an enchanting finale that’s sure to make you cheer.” – Radio Times

“Rendered with style and rich psychology… sweat pools around the athlete’s body and the line between ambition and obsession is enchantingly legible.” – The New York Times

Speedos, water, desire… and only one ticket to the Olympics. A critically-acclaimed film festival hit from up-and-coming Israeli director Adam Kalderon, The Swimmer is a sexy and boldly provocative crowd-pleaser.

Erez (Omer Perelman Striks), a rising star in the Israeli swimming scene, arrives at a godforsaken training camp held in a boarding school – where only one winning athlete will get a ticket to the Olympics. There he meets the beautiful and talented Nevo (Asaf Jonas), who awakens subconscious desires in him.

Unfortunately, their swimming coach does not believe in friendship between competitors. Warned to stay away from Nevo, Erez is way too attracted to him to give up completely. In between practices, he attempts to act upon his feelings and comes to believe that winning a medal is less important than winning Nevo’s heart.

Watch the sizzling new trailer for The Swimmer below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on DVD at TLAgay beginning December 6th.

 

Charles Dickens’ holiday classic gets a queer interpretation in Scrooge & Marley

“This touching and clever Carol is sure to be a queer Christmas classic!” – Mike Wood, Instinct Magazine

“This Christmas Carol will gayly ring in the Holidays and so it should!” – Janet Davies, ABC-7 News

“A sweet and distinctive spin on a holiday standard.” – Alonso Duralde, “Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas”

 

From co-directors Richard Knight, Jr. and Peter Neville, Scrooge & Marley is a modern-day variation on Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story A Christmas Carol.

On Christmas Eve, Ben Scrooge (David Pevsner), the man who hates the holidays, is given the chance to begin again when he is visited by three spirits – the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Ronnie Kroell), Present (Megan Cavanagh) and Future (Jojo Baby). Revisiting the tragic missteps of his life enables Scrooge to rediscover the joy of the holiday season and make a journey back to love.

Interpreted with a gay sensibility – while adding a ton of heart, comedy and music – the magic of Dickens’ timeless tale comes alive in Scrooge & Marley. The film adds a fresh perspective on a well-known story that will appeal to audiences of all persuasions. Originally released in 2012, the film is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Dark Star Pictures is releasing a newly restored version.

Watch the original trailer for Scrooge & Marley below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film is coming to DVD October 18th – well in time for the holidays!

 

Coming Soon: Private Desert

A selection of the Venice Film Festival and Brazil’s official submission to the Academy Awards, Private Desert boasts lush cinematography and a hauntingly atmospheric score. You’ll never hear “Total Eclipse of the Heart” the same way again.

The film follows Daniel (Antonio Saboia), a police academy teacher who has been placed on unpaid leave after a violent incident. The only thing holding him together is his cyber romance with Robson (Pedro Fasanaro), an attractive young gender-fluid worker who goes by “Sara” online and keeps their female identity secret in daily life.

When Sara suddenly goes missing, Daniel drives 2,000 miles across Brazil to find her. He posts Sara’s picture all over town but no one recognizes her… until he receives a mysterious call from someone claiming to know her and asking to meet. What follows is a journey of the heart that will change both lovers forever.

In the tradition of A Fantastic Woman and Strawberry and ChocolatePrivate Desert is both a swooning, sun-baked romance and a triumphant affirmation of queer love and humanity at a time when LGBTQ+ rights are increasingly imperiled.

Watch the trailer for Private Desert below and click here to pre-order your copy. The film will be available on Blu-ray only beginning October 25th.

 

A Sexplanation is a comedic documentary about love, acceptance and sex education!

A Sexplanation is just your typical queer, Asian American, comedic sex documentary about the unusual search for love, connection and family acceptance!

From neuroscience labs to church pews, the film features provocative conversations with psychologists, sex researchers – and even a Jesuit priest. With humor and grit, director Alex Liu takes audiences on a playful, heartfelt journey from a shame-filled past to a happier, healthier, sexier future.

Like many Americans in the ’90s, the adults in Alex’s life taught him that abstinence made him good. These tactics worked to suppress his sexuality – all the more so because he was gay and conflicted about it. Ultimately, years of repression disconnected him from his body, his desires and his family.

Now in his 30s, Alex still hasn’t outgrown these hang-ups. The fearmongering from school, media and religion continues to permeate throughout his life in both big ways and small.

Fed up, Alex decides it’s time to turn years of fear and loathing into something positive and humorous. A Sexplanation follows his pursuit of shame-free pleasure and call for comprehensive sex education. Along the way, he’s surprised to discover it’s never too late to have “The Talk” – even with the parents he’s kept at a distance.

Watch the trailer for A Sexplanation below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD at TLAgay starting this week.

 

Out This Week: Gameboys: The Movie

Based on the popular “Boys Love” series, Gameboys: The Movie follows the story of gamers turned lovers Cairo and Gavreel (played by Kokoy De Santos and Elijah Canlas).

The young pair have a few blissful weeks to spend together at Gavreel’s house before Cairo is set to return to his own province. What starts out as a romantic holiday for the young couple soon turns into an unexpected test of their relationship. Cairo is faced with the reality of his imminent departure while Gavreel is compelled to make a life-changing decision. After defying distance, and even the pandemic, will the two boys be able to prove that their love to one another is strong enough to withstand fate and circumstance?

 

Watch the trailer for Gameboys: The Movie below and click here to order your copy. The film will be available on DVD starting this week.

 

 

This Weekend’s VOD Favorites

The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY!

 

Cousins
Lucas (Paolo Sousa) lives with his pious Aunt Lourdes (Juliana Zancanaro) in a quiet, remote country town in Brazil. The youngster spends his days gardening and playing keyboard – all while avoiding his aunt’s attempts to match-make with the local girls. Everything soon changes, however, when he’s joined by a trouble-making distant cousin named Mario (played by co-writer/director Thiago Cazado). Recently released from prison, Mario’s arrival upsets Lucas ordinarily quiet country life. When their aunt leaves for a religious retreat, and unexpected attraction grows and Lucas and Mario start to become friends… and much, much more. Cousins is writer-director team Mauro Carvalho and Thiago Cazado’s second feature film, following 2017’s About Us. With this film, the pair tackle a taboo subject with a surprisingly light touch.

Are We Lost Forever
Long-term lovers Adrian and Hampus (Björn Elgerd and Jonathan Andersson) have been living together for three years, and are engaged to be married. But their relationship has gone down an increasingly destructive path. During one fateful discussion, it all comes crashing down. For Hampus it is a relief to close the door on his destructive relationship with Adrian, but the latter is devastated and heartbroken. Will he be able to survive without the love of his life – or is there a possible way of somehow getting him back? Through desperate attempts to reunite, awkward encounters and rebound sex, they try to once again draw themselves closer together. A hit at film festivals around the globe, Are We Lost Forever is a thought-provoking relationship drama from award-winning Swedish director David Färdmar.

7 Minutes
A bold drama from writer-director Ricky Mastro, making his feature debut after a long series of acclaimed shorts, 7 Minutes tells the story of Jean (Antoine Herbez), a 55-year-old policeman who discovers his son, Maxime (Valentin Malguy), and another man hanged in a hotel room. The autopsy shows that Maxime died from an overdose of GHB, just seven minutes after his boyfriend. During an evening organized by Maxime’s friends, Jean discovers a nightclub that his son used to frequent. There, he meets the seductive young Fabien (Clément Naline). Desperately trying to learn more about the events that led to his son’s untimely death, Jean goes to the club several times more and is quickly welcomed by the other patrons. As Fabien becomes increasingly attached to him, Jean starts mixing his mourning with a desire to discover his son’s world.

Nowhere
Adrian and Sebastian (Miguel González and Juan Pablo Castiblanco) are a Colombian couple living together in New York City. Happily in love, they’re both on track for professional success in each of their fields. They also have a close group of friends and a loving community. In other words, their futures feel bright and certain. But when Sebastian suddenly loses his job, his immigration status is threatened and these two young dreamers fear losing everything they’ve worked so hard for. From filmmakers David and Francisco Salazar, adapted from their award-winning screenplay, Nowhere is a deeply moving romantic drama that examines immigration and asks a universal question: how far would you go for the person you love? The unique circumstances that these characters face push them both to the very edge of that question.

Perfect Cowboy
When hard-drinking singer/songwriter Jimmy Poole (played by writer-director Ken Roht) returns home after a stint in prison, he finds that his partner Ty (Jeffrey Watkins) and their son Mark (William Nicol) have been doing just fine without him. Mark has taken Jimmy’s place as the lead of their family band. As Jimmy struggles to retake center stage in his own life, he ends up alienating those he loves the most. Will their family’s collective love for making music be enough to keep them together? Featuring original songs composed by actor-writer-director Ken Roht, a mainstay of the Los Angeles theater scene, Perfect Cowboy is a unique gay family story of love and redemption – with a particularly twangy twist.