This weekend, many major cities around the world celebrated gay pride, and diversity, made only more joyous in America by the defeat of the Defense of Marriage act. Gay Pride is commonly celebrated in June, particularly the last weekend of June as it is the anniversary of the Stonewall riots in New York City.
The Stonewall Inn, owned by the mafia at the time, catered to all sorts of diverse clientele not the least of which were gay men, drag queens, and homeless youth, giving them a safe spot to hang out and be themselves. It was common for the police to raid such establishments, but one evening, in June of 1969, the residents and patrons had had enough and turned the tables on the police, rioting violently in protest.
This spurned Greenwich Village resident to organize into cohesive activist groups, and within months several such groups were formed, including two newspapers geared towards gay and lesbian audiences, which then inspired activist groups around the country.
Not many mainstream genres have tackled this issue of putting characters who feel outside of society into play, with lesbian and gay characters on the sidelines, if they’re visible at all.
However, there are many films who have put marginalized characters in the spotlight, as media forms have increasingly given more exposure to LGBT characters, and actors, with even Disney jumping in and giving children’s movies their first confirmed and outed gay character in “Paranorman”. Here are Lexington Horror Movie Examiner’s top five choices for LGBT horror movies.
Ticked off Trannies with Knives
Reminiscent of sexploitation revenge movies popular in the 1970s, this follows Bubbles, a trans woman who was beaten into a coma by a group of hateful thugs, gets revenge on the gang who attacked her and her friends. Starring William Belli and Krystal Summers, this grindhouse type flick was given many positive reviews on amazon.com.
Creatures from the Pink Lagoon
“Creatures from the Pink Lagoon” centers around innocent Phillip, and his friends celebrating his birthday 1967-style, unaware there’s zombies bitten by mutant mosquitos near a popular rest stop on their way to terrorize the group of young men. Starring Nick Garrison and Vincent Kovar, this movie gave so many nods to “Night of the Living Dead” and the Funicello/Avalon style beach movies of the ’60s. This movie was just fun to watch all around and I’d recommend everyone watch it.
A Nightmare on Elm Street2: Freddy’s Revenge
“A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” is considered by all in the fandom and even mentioned in the documentary “Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy” to be the “gay Freddy movie”, it follows Jesse Walsh, as his family has moved into 1427 Elm Street, and reawakens Freddy Krueger, who wants to take over Jesse and continue his killing spree. Starring Mark Patton who has even ranked above Heather Lankenkamp as “Top Scream Queen” in many internet polls.
“The Hunger”, one of the more popular vampire films from the 1980s, stars Catherine Deneuve as Miriam Blaylock who seeks help for her now-aging vampire companion John. She finds Dr Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon) to help, and the two women find themselves drawn to each other, to the point where Miriam would rather destroy herself rather than see Sarah meet the same fate as John. Certainly not your average vampire movie, and not a sparkle to be seen.
“Bite Marks” follows Brewster, who has taken over his missing brother’s truck route, finds himself in the middle of nowhere with a hitchhiking couple (Windham Beech, David Alanson) and a truckload of empty coffins that weren’t really empty, and the now-woken residents are hungry. A new take on the vampire myth and how they hunt, this independant film also stars “Fright Night” alumni Stephen Geoffreys, it was a pretty smartly written film.