GAY Horror & Thriller Flicks

by emertens | created - 15 Dec 2011 | updated - 14 Dec 2016 | Public

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1. The 4th Man (1983)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A man who has been having visions of an impending danger begins an affair with a woman who may lead him to his doom.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Jeroen Krabbé, Renée Soutendijk, Thom Hoffman, Dolf de Vries

Votes: 6,017

This movie is based on a book by Gerard Reve, a Dutch novelist who is very famous in the Netherlands. It's quite useful to know something about this writer, for it helps to understand the movie. Reve was one of the first public figures to come out of the closet. Many of his novels contain explicit homosexual content. Practically porn. Furthermore Reve's career was marked by lot of controversies, and not only because of just his literary work. For instance, he also made a lot of television appearances and quite often his performance was shockingly provocative. Most of his books are about himself and are written in the I-form. Nevertheless they contain a lot of fiction. Reve wrote about himself as an alcoholic, a catholic, and as a very cynical, selfish, opportune man. Not at all likable. Most Dutch people have read some of his work and are aware of his personality, whether it's real or not. He was the only person in the Netherlands who ever got prosecuted for breaking the law against blasphemy. In his book "Nader tot U" (1966) he writes about making love to the incarnation of God as a one-year-old donkey. Eventually he was acquitted. So when Reve writes about having sex with a woman, no-one in the Netherlands thinks he all of a sudden turned bisexual. It is used to emphasize the magical power this woman, who might or might not be a witch, has over him.

Jeroen Krabbé is perfectly cast as Reve. Possibly one of the best roles of his career. I alway thought Krabbé, who btw is not gay, has a slight effeminate side. Here he is able to use it with aplomb - and thank god he's not overplaying it. He also manages to imitate the constant cynicism of Reve while keeping it subtle at the same time.

The direction of Verhoeven is superb. I'm not a big fan of his, neither of Reve of Krabbé. But somehow everything fits perfectly in this movie. There's a lot of Hitchcockian suspense. The score helps a great deal. The camerawork is very clever. The somewhat overt symbolism actually is spot on in this specific case, because this makes that the audience constantly sees what Reve is experiencing.

Haven't finished writing this review. Just a sketch.

2. Hellbent (2004)

R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

Halloween in West Hollywood, two guys making out in a park are interrupted by a serial killer. Later that night, a group of gay kids decide to visit to the site of the murders.

Director: Paul Etheredge | Stars: Dylan Fergus, Bryan Kirkwood, Hank Harris, Andrew Levitas

Votes: 2,100 | Gross: $0.19M

Highly recommended for those who are in search of a good scary horror movie with a handsome gay lead character and a nice romantic subplot.

This review contains spoilers!.

Hellbent is probably the best movie available at the moment, that really covers the gay-horror subgenre. First of all it's really a horror movie and not some camp spoof. There are a few funny moments, but they don't interfere with the horror plot and they don't ruin the suspense. Secondly the protagonist is a handsome young gay guy who gets romantically involved and this subplot really works! Well at least it worked for me. This is less the case in Bite Marks, Zombies of Mass Destruction and Cthulu (see below). At the end our hero has to rescue his lover - and succeeds in this. An "old fashioned" happy ending which in this specific case is very welcome to me.

This movie is very well made. The only questionable thing is the use of very dominant primary colors during the late night scenes. This is not the case in the daylight scenes, which are actually built on pretty smart color schemes. Because of this contrast I've actually began to like the overdone coloring of the scenes that otherwise would be plain dark.

This review is somewhat short. In future I'll try to improve it, but for now I only want to state once more, that I like this movie very, very much. I've seen it several times and it doesn't start to bore, which is quite unusual. In contrary I like it better with each repeat viewing. Usually I watch it on Christmas Day, while drinking a lot of booze. Afterwards I watch Black Christmas - the original ofcourse. Some kind of personal tradition that's rather difficult to explain...

3. Bite Marks (2011)

Unrated | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

Truck-driver Brewster takes over his missing brother's delivery of a load of coffins to a funeral home. He picks up hitchhiking gay couple Cary and Vogel whose relationship is in trouble to... See full summary »

Director: Mark Bessenger | Stars: Windham Beacham, Benjamin Lutz, David Alanson Bradberry, Stephen Geoffreys

Votes: 441

Bite Marks is unjustified underrated. Yes, it IS low budget and yes, it has some very obvious weaknesses, but in contrary some other aspects are very well done.

First of all the cinematography by Clifton Radford. I thought the chosen compositions were clever, appropriate and aesthetically pleasing. The colors and the use of filters sometimes a bit overdone, but not too disturbing to my taste. And it's always a bit of a relief if those totally cliché dark blue, washed-out colors, which for some reason seem to be incredible popular nowadays, are absent. I'm so sick and tired of that brainless "approach of style".

Secondly - the music of Rossano Galante. According to his imdb page he is a very successful composer and the orchestrator of the music of several big Hollywood productions. (The Thing, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Repo Men, Max Payne, etc) It doesn't surprise me at all, because the music of Bite Marks is just very good! Probably the best element of the movie, when judged separately. And not a sign of thrift. A lot of scenes have 'custom' written music of their own. It supports the different types of mood and the tension perfectly.

Thirdly the movie starts with a very nice animation to present the opening credits. Well, after the prologue that is of course. It wasn't very expensive - clearly not - but at least they tried to make something out of it, instead of choosing the most obvious way: embedding some hard coded titles directly to the film. To me this animation sequence is like the frame around a painting. It adds something extra to the presentation of the film. It really sets the mood. Hearing the music, watching the animation. It all makes me want to see the movie.

The weak part is that the movie focuses to much on some gay aspects - which to be fair, are not very interesting - and not enough on creating suspense and horror. I like gay romance of course, otherwise I wouldn't have made this list. But the relationship of the main couple in this movie, two holiday hitchhikers, isn't very believable. This was done a lot better in Hellbent, although not perfectly either. The subplot about the closeted truck driver was a bit better, but in the end it seemed wasted too. This part was played by Benjamin Lutz and I must say he did an excellent job. A quite talented actor. Handsome as well.

Another weak part is the sound. Probably because of the budget. It's not very disturbing, but sometimes you'll notice it. There's a fair chance they managed to achieve the best possible, with such limited financial resourses. I don't get it, although I AM gay, I haven't the faintest idea why anyone would like to watch the intercourse scene in that disgustingly filthy public restroom. They could've filmed it easily in all kinds of different ways and it could be situated in a lot of different places. Clean places. Or someplace, somewhere, that adds to the romance. But there's a total absence of anything romantic during the entire picture. I'm exaggerating a bit, but it could have been done a lot better, I'm quite sure of that.

Nevertheless the story is clearly structured. It has an interesting approach on the vampire tale. And thank god, there's no tragedy and drama about becoming or being a vampire. Vampires are just dangerous monsters, which have to be destroyed without moral issues. Some parts are rather scary. Not extremely, but the suspense is there. Some of the jokes work pretty well. I liked the references to the original Fright Night. The apple, the way Cary says "charmed", Geoffreys saying "You're so cool Brewster". It was a bit strange to see Stephen Geoffreys that "old". He actually made a remark about it himself: "I'm getting to old for this". I wonder if it was scripted. At some point there's even a very clever similarity between the scores of the movies. The music when Vogel and Brewster are sexually involved with each other is much alike the music when Dandridge and Amy are having a "close moment".

I think this film will mainly appeal to an all male gay audience. I've seen it twice now and I liked it the second time even better. It sure doesn't deserve its current low imdb rating.

4. No Night Is Too Long (2002 TV Movie)

85 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Young Tim Cornish's life has begun with great promise. Blessed with extraordinary good looks, Tim enjoyed much attention and cared little of broken hearts. At University he was a favored ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Shankland | Stars: Lee Williams, Marc Warren, Mikela Jay, Emily Holmes

Votes: 2,130

A beautiful dramatic thriller. Among the best TV movies I've seen. Very professionally made. The visuals are all splendid. The tension is built with a lot of care. The score accompanies all dramatic events with the appropriate atmosphere.

Like "The Talented Mr. Ripley" this is not really a sincere true-love story. The main character - much alike Ripley - fulfills most prominently some kind of merged role of both prota- and antagonist at the same time.

5. Apartment Zero (1988)

R | 124 min | Drama, Thriller

Set in modern day Buenos Aires, the film centers around a relationship between two emotionally crippled roommates. Adrian LeDuc is a lonely sociopath who is forced to rent his insane ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Donovan | Stars: Hart Bochner, Colin Firth, Dora Bryan, Liz Smith

Votes: 3,358 | Gross: $0.67M

Superb, an incredible strong movie. Very tense, very atmospheric. Highly - highly - recommended.

The gay plot is sub-textual. But very deliberate.

6. Rituals (1977)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers.

Director: Peter Carter | Stars: Hal Holbrook, Lawrence Dane, Robin Gammell, Ken James

Votes: 1,333

This extremely suspenseful horror movie has a remarkable gay character in it. I hesitated about calling it a main or supporting role. The story is about 5 doctors on a wilderness outing and one of them is gay. So he is one of the protagonists. This is actually the earliest movie I could think of, no matter what genre, that has a openly gay character, without that being an issue. He is as much a part of the group as any of the other four guys. Moreover he is characterized in a non-stereotype way. Just an average guy. It isn't even really important for the plot, but strangely enough it makes some of the drama all the more gripping.

Don't let the average imdb user rating put you off. A lot of people voted it a 10, but the calculation system happens to ignore that.

7. La virgen de los sicarios (2000)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

The tempestuous love story between Fernando, an older man who has recently returned to his crime-ridden drug capitol hometown of Medellin, Colombia and the gun-happy 16-year-old assassin ... See full summary »

Director: Barbet Schroeder | Stars: Germán Jaramillo, Anderson Ballesteros, Juan David Restrepo, Manuel Busquets

Votes: 3,400 | Gross: $0.53M

Beware, this review contains some serious spoilers!

It's actually pretty weird that an extremely unsettling movie as this one doesn't qualify for the horror/thriller genre. The body count must be something like 15 and most of these killings happen quite graphically on screen. One of the most cynical scenes take place at a ridge that is used by criminals to dump corpses - although a sign reads, that one is not allowed to do so. After watching this film I had a very restless sleep because of it. Almost a nightmare even. It contained so incredibly much of my own concerns and worries. All my misanthropic, pessimistic thoughts about modern-day life and society. My irritations towards antisocial behavior (loud music playing everywhere). It was throughout very easy for me to empathize with the main-character's inner moral conflicts as well as his nostalgia-based sadness (fortuitously he even liked my favorite composer's music)

To me, this gripping, subversive film is a true masterpiece. Technically it's perfect. Dramatically it's beyond that. 10/10

8. In the Blood (2006)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Thriller

Cassidy is a senior at a NYC college and he's trying to balance the demands of school, his role as big brother to Jessica, a freshman at the same school and his role as best buddy to ... See full summary »

Director: Lou Peterson | Stars: Tyler Hanes, James Katharine Flynn, Robert Dionne, Carlos Alberto Valencia

Votes: 266

Beware, this review contains some serious spoilers!

While I've been complaining about some lack of romance in several of my other reviews on gay horror movies, 'In the Blood' doesn't have any gay romance at all. And sadly enough there's nothing to complain about. It's just not a part of the plot. Cassidy, the main character, is a closeted gay adolescent, a senior at a NYC college. His repressed homosexuality is a major plot point. They could have added a secret love or something, but actually it's of no importance to the story. He tries to live a straight life, and he actually has an attractive girlfriend. But he needs to take Viagra to have intercourse with her and even then he doesn't manage to get to the "climax" (or whatever it's called in English). He also suffers from having some nasty visions of his sister Jessica covered in blood. This of course is related to the horror part of the movie. A serial killer on campus is killing girls, who all more or less have the same profile as Jessica has. Right from the start of the movie it is made clear that these visions occur at the same time when Cassidy's real sexual feelings unwillingly take part of him. There's a very logical but nevertheless clever explanation to this. It may be not very realistic, but that's beside the point. Seeing the future never is realistic. This explanation is given later on in the movie by Cassidy's aunt. She tells him that these foretelling visions will become more clear, when he has free, fulfilling sex. A modest trouvaille, isn't it? Or is that an oxymoron? A huge dilemma for Cassidy. To save his sister, he must have his first gay sex experience. And it needs to be a good one too. It may sound all very comical, in fact it is served deadpan and in total earnest.

A lot of reviewers seemed to hate the ending. (So here come some spoilers). I haven't the faintest idea why. This movie is partly a whodunit, like for instance Scream. There are just a few people who'll make a probable killer. Cassidy actually is the first one. He's having these strange visions, and at first we don't know why. Was he is spectator, or is he seeing things he's planning to do? We really don't know. The second one is the new boyfriend of Jessica, Michael, a right Casanova. Is he just taking advantage of her and did also date the previous victims? We don't know. The third one is the dean. He has a lot of documentation collected about the killings. Is it just because he wants to warn the girls and to track down the killer? And why did he talk Jessica's out of her plans to dye her hair? As I said - a straight whodunit. There are a few other people involved, but they would make a less probable assassin. The most important one is a male prostitute Cassidy has been visiting. At the end there's some huge mix-up. Cassidy thinks Michael is the killer, Michael thinks it is the prostitute. And Jessica has had some interfering visions as well. This actually makes sense because of the aunt's story we already knew it was an inheritable talent. To me it all seemed very plausible. The only less logical aspect was the visions Jessica had about the dean. This could have been let out. The newspaper explained enough. But that's just a small detail.

So in short. I liked the ending.

And I liked the movie too.

9. Cthulhu (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

41 Metascore

A Seattle history professor, drawn back to his estranged family on the Oregon coast to execute his late mother's estate, is reaquainted with his best friend from childhood, with whom he has... See full summary »

Director: Dan Gildark | Stars: Jason Cottle, Casey Curran, Ethan Atkinson, Patrick McKnight

Votes: 1,643 | Gross: $0.02M

I've seen this movie some time ago. However I need to rewatch it before I can write an honest review. I remember some really nice cinematography. Probably that happened to be its most notable aspect. The main character is gay and he has a relationship. But - if I remember well - it didn't get much screentime in the movie. It all seemed rather blunt. The movie felt a bit dreamy, a nice different approach on Lovecraft. But somehow a bit shallow. The ending was rather a let down.

I really have to rewatch it, before I can write something more useful.

10. ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Life is wonderful for the people in the quiet, island town of Port Gamble....until a zombie virus outbreak!

Director: Kevin Hamedani | Stars: Janette Armand, Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins, Russell Hodgkinson

Votes: 3,799

Well, the zombie flick had a huge revival during the last decade. And this trend doesn't seem to have ended already. Most of these movies have very familiar plots, although they usually provide some kind of specific twist on the basic idea. In Zombies of Mass Destruction the main focus seems to be on criticizing small town prejudice. I don't have a problem with that. Actually, I fully agree with most of the political statements expressed in this movie. The problem however is, that this is all been done in a rather blunt naive way. This movie has three protagonist. An Iranian girl and a gay male couple. So when a zombie plague is spreading, these three get the blame. As covered by a tv news report, some terrorists claim responsibility for the outbreak. A neighbor of the Iranian girl is immediately convinced she's collaborating with the enemy. Later on in different plot-line, the gay couple get imprisoned by some religious fanatics. These so-called true Christians consider the zombie outbreak as the start of Armageddon. Eventually the Iranian girl as well as one of the gay guys, each in their own subplot, are both strapped to a chair, with the intention to be tortured.

This movie boast a melting pot of different genres. None of these really seemed to work. It wasn't very scary and there wasn't much suspense or action. I think some kind of "witch hunt" on the protagonists in a little village overrun by zombies would have had much more potential as idea. Then the continuous confrontation with and between the small town inhabitants and the zombies, would create a lot of possibilities on all kind of levels. Certainly much more than the chair-tying torture-porn cliché. Furthermore it wasn't very funny. The satire was way too simplistic. That's really a weak point. If you want to make some kind of statement about narrow-mindedness you have to be very cunning to make it work. And don't spare the audience. Usually they're far to ignorant to feel addressed. There are a lot examples how it should/could be done, varying from the comedies of the Boulting Brothers (Heavens Above is a fine example about the hypocrisy in religion) to for instance the mockumentaries of Christopher Guest.

Alas, the movie wasn't very romantic either. There isn't much to say about this. It just wasn't. Even Bite Marks scored a lot better in this aspect.

Technically this movie at first seems more mature than Hellbent or Bitemarks. This actually isn't the case, it's just more mainstream-like build. There's constant some cameramovement, if little. So they used a steady-cam, I guess. Very annoying, when used otherwise than for a POV. The late-night scenes appear quite dark, although it's perfectly possible to see whats happening. This was done by using just a few sharp bright lights, shining - out of frame - from above or behind the characters. It worked - but it wasn't very pretty. After a while it gets very tiresome constantly watching people whose facial expressions are covered in shadow. But my overall conclusion about the technical aspects of this movie, is that it was rather decent. Very functional, to say the least. But it lacked of aesthetics.

When I've watched a movie and cannot recall anything about the music afterwards, it probably wasn't very interesting. Some imdb reviewers complained about the sound. It didn't annoy me much.

This movie wasn't so bad. The first time I saw it, I did enjoy it. But the second time was quite a bore.

11. Killer Condom (1996)

Not Rated | 107 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

The plot takes place in New York, and in the present. In a Hotel called "Quicky" a professor blackmails a student of his into having sex with him. But when the professor puts on a condom, ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Walz | Stars: Udo Samel, Peter Lohmeyer, Iris Berben, Leonard Lansink

Votes: 2,503

Gay protagonist

Horror comedy.

12. Black Rain (2009 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

A reclusive scientific prodigy and three college friends find themselves in the middle of a toxic storm, when an unscrupulous business deal rains terror down on an entire county.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Shawn Roberts, Sara Canning, P.J. Prinsloo, Levi James

Votes: 169

An environmental disaster tv-movie involving acid rain. This specific rain is so dangerously acid, it burns through wooden roofs and even metal within a limit amount of time. Needless to say, it also burns right through clothing, skin and flesh almost instantly. So without protection you're dead in a few minutes. And of course the protagonists in the movie are just backpackers with no kind of protection whatsoever.

Ron Oliver is a rather decent director. Most of his (TV) movies work quite well. This one is a bit uneven, although the premise is rather interesting. And with the premise, I mean just that basic idea of an highly acid rain, while it's almost impossible to find some proper place for shelter. That's a pretty scary idea. And so it was in the movie. The directing, cinematography and editing are all done cleverly enough. The problem is the slightly preachy story which seemed to be built out of a combination of banality and a lot of illogical circumstantial aspects. Maybe the budget was a bit of a problem too. When there's an acid rain pouring down, it shouldn't just affect cars and buildings... There shouldn't be a leaf left on a tree in the whole forest. These kind of inconsistencies are difficult to avoid when you're trying to make a big time disaster flick while there are only "supplies" for a TV movie in stock.

And oh, I almost forgot, there are two gay protagonists. But... hardly any romance.

13. The Wolves of Kromer (1998)

Not Rated | 82 min | Fantasy, Horror, Comedy

38 Metascore

Once upon a time in the village of Kromer lived two beautiful young wolves. Cocksure Gabriel takes newcomer Seth under his paw and helps reconcile him to the vilification associated with ... See full summary »

Director: Will Gould | Stars: Boy George, James Layton, Lee Williams, Margaret Towner

Votes: 672 | Gross: $0.01M

I dislike to start with the most obvious and banal thing to say about a movie such as this one, but here goes: the budget was ultra low. I read in an external review that the director was just 22 years of age during filming, in which case the movie must have been shot before November 1997. (This is of course very well possible). His only effort as a director to date. Much of the crew and cast weren't very experienced either, with a few exceptions.

As most critics point out, the story is some kind of allegory in which "being a wolf" serves as metaphor to "being gay". Society doesn't understand these outcast and regards them as dangerous. Misguided and led by a very hypocritical church, it condemns and hunts these so-called "wolves".

It isn't very clear what the makers were striving for. The gay-wolf parable is very clear right from the start. Rather simplistic and a bit pretentious. A lot of reviewers call it a fairy tale. But don't expect something like The Company of Wolves. The gay wolfmen are sometimes referred to as werewolves. They aren't. Don't expect a horror movie. There's another plot in which two old "hags" try to murder their employer. It feels a bit 'Agatha Christie' but it doesn't become a detective story. There isn't much suspense. There isn't much mystery.

It's not a thought-provoking drama. It neither is a provocative satire. But... it IS a bit romantic, a tiny bit. And a little bit sad.

So I'm actually saying the same as all the other reviewer did.

Could I recommend this movie? Should I ...?

Well alright: Watch it! Choose a rainy Sunday afternoon, while reading a not-so interesting newspaper, or book at the same time.

14. Psycho Beach Party (2000)

Unrated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

42 Metascore

Spoof of 1960s Beach Party/Gidget surfing movies mixed with slasher horror films. Florence Forrest, a not-so-innocent girl in 1960s Malibu, becomes "Chicklet", the first girl surfer at ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lee King | Stars: Lauren Ambrose, Nicholas Brendon, Thomas Gibson, Kimberley Davies

Votes: 4,932 | Gross: $0.27M

This movie combines several genres. First of all it's a spoof of the beach party movies from the 50's and 60's. Secondly it's a spoof of the slasher flicks from later decades. Thirdly a lot of camp is thrown in between. And I mean really a lot. Furthermore it's loaded with good looking guys and there's a nice gay couple coming out of the closet to spice it up. There's very little horror. And alas, it neither contains much black humor. But there's a lot of satire. It isn't a very good movie, but it has a very good feel to it. And it is rather original. Don't expect to much and you'll probably be pleasant surprised.

I'm always a bit surprised this movie was already made in 2000. For some reason it seems from much later date to me.

15. The Vampyr: A Soap Opera (1992 TV Movie)

Drama, Fantasy, Horror

In 1793 London, vampire Ripley [Omar Ebrahim] is chased through a maze of abandoned waterfront warehouses. He falls through a broken floor and lies dormant in the city's icy catacombs until... See full synopsis »

Directors: Nigel Finch, Robert Chevara | Stars: Omar Ebrahim, Philip Salmon, Winston, China Gordon

Votes: 29

A television adaption of the opera "Der Vampyr" by Heinrich Marchner. Not just a registration of a stage performance but really drastically reworked to a very ingenious tv movie. One of the best. However for those who don't like early romantic opera, it's probably a lost case.

There's a lot of intended gay subtext.

It comments on yuppie decadence, although it flirts with it shamelessly at the same time.

16. Flight of the Cardinal (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama, Thriller

Young Beetle Hobbs wants out of his small town and sees his ticket in Grady Wilson. Set in the desolate Smoky Mountains, Grady has recently left the big city to become the proprietor of a ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Gaston | Stars: Ross Beschler, David J. Bonner, Claire Bowerman, Matthew Montgomery

Votes: 136

A rather good thriller. But because of the subject not really enjoyable. I felt continuously dis-comfortable.

17. Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1982)

R | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

Director: William Asher | Stars: Jimmy McNichol, Susan Tyrrell, Bo Svenson, Marcia Lewis

Votes: 1,305

18. George's Intervention (2009)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

George's friends have all gathered for an intervention... George's intervention. You see, George is a zombie and George's friends are attempting to convince George to stop eating people and... See full summary »

Director: J.T. Seaton | Stars: Peter Stickles, Michelle Tomlinson, Lynn Lowry, Carlos Larkin

Votes: 170

Beware: This review contains spoilers!

Lloyd Kaufman has a guest/cameo appearance for literally 15 seconds. Rounded upwards. This tells us two things. 1) This flick is a real cheapo. Even John Carradine's role in 'Red Zone Cuba' had more substance. 2) Anyone familiar with Troma pictures now knows the type of genre this movie is trying to present. The combination of both, actually gives a fair description of this movie: a low-budget, amateurish Troma wannabe. It sounds a bit like a pleonasm, since Troma pictures glorifies in low-budget amateurism. (As it does in bad taste.)

Well, that said, it was a rather amusing film. Not at all bad. Especially the first half had some funny sequences. Although there is a reasonable amount of of gore, it never gets scary. The technical values are digestible. They could be a lot worse.

The gay guy is of course Peter Stickels. He has played in several gay movies, as well as in several horror movies.

At the end one of the main characters reveals he is gay. Homosexuality however, never actually is a subject. So don't expect anything romantic. It's just a minor plot-twist without any necessary meaning. Unless perhaps it was used as an excuse for his death. He is killed soon after his "confession".

19. Rites of Passage (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

An attorney decides to take a trip with his father to their isolated family cabin to talk things out but their ensuing family argument is suddenly interrupted by two escaped convicts.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Dean Stockwell, James Remar, Jason Behr, Robert Glen Keith

Votes: 1,026

This thriller serves a lot stuff to keep the mind busy. It's like a long chain of minor plot twists, each with the potential to trigger some frustrating thoughts on some social, ethic or cultural dilemma.

A good tense movie with a very dubious ending.

20. Love Me Deadly (1972)

R | 95 min | Horror

A young socialite struggling to control her necrophiliac urges is torn between her affection for a kind businessman and the mortician who supplies her with bodies.

Director: Jacques Lacerte | Stars: Mary Charlotte Wilcox, Lyle Waggoner, Christopher Stone, Timothy Scott

Votes: 379

An amazing movie. Very good. Will write a little review as soon as possible. It contains a small part about a necrophiliac who picks up a gay prostitute. It's a very direct into-your-face scene. And the gay guy is a handsome fellow, very open and unashamed, and not portrayed stereotypically. But as said: it's just a small subplot.

21. The Editor (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A film editor gets embroiled in a string of murders.

Directors: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy | Stars: Paz de la Huerta, Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney

Votes: 1,918

22. Father's Day (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

A murderer, a priest, and a delinquent try to bring down a father-killing madman.

Directors: Adam Brooks, Jeremy Gillespie, Matthew Kennedy, Steven Kostanski, Conor Sweeney | Stars: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy, Conor Sweeney, Amy Groening

Votes: 2,308

Brilliant!! But don't expect much romance.

23. Eyes Behind the Wall (1977)

85 min | Thriller, Drama, Horror

Ivano is a wheelchair-bound man with some strange perversions. He gets his sexual kicks by spying on Arturo, their tenant in the apartment next-door and forcing his sexy accomplice Olga to ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Petrelli | Stars: John Phillip Law, Fernando Rey, Olga Bisera, José Quaglio

Votes: 150

Subplot 8.5/10

24. The Fruit Machine (1988)

R | 103 min | Drama

Two gay teenagers go on the run after witnessing a murder.

Director: Philip Saville | Stars: Emile Charles, Tony Forsyth, Robert Stephens, Clare Higgins

Votes: 392

aka Wonderland

25. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

R | 139 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

76 Metascore

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett

Votes: 153,843 | Gross: $81.30M

Don't know if Mr. Ripley is the protagonist or the antagonist, but he's the gay one in this thriller.

26. Third Man Out (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A gay detective is hired to find who has been been threatening a notorious member of the gay community noted for outing people.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Jack Wetherall, Woody Jeffreys

Votes: 914

The first movie about Donald Strachey, the gay detective. Not as good as the second one, but still quite effective. Both are tagged "thriller", but foremost they're detective stories. I hesitate a bit about their place in this list. There are just not so many horror movies with gay protagonists. So a rather suspenseful detective can be a substitute.

The story is somewhat over-the-top, with a few too many twists. So it lacked some credibility. The plot has of course an overly potential base. A gay activist, who's continuously outing closeted prominent personalities, hires Straches to find the guy who tried to kill him. To make it even "worse", the activist is widely regarded as a compulsive liar. See, that creates a comfortable amount of possibilities to twist and turn the story as much as you like.

I found the second movie more subtle in its approach. Nevertheless the first one still is entertaining enough.

27. Shock to the System (2006)

R | 91 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

54 Metascore

A gay detective tries to solve the murder of a college student.

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Michael Woods, Daryl Shuttleworth

Votes: 851 | Gross: $0.00M

Touching, very clever story, brought convincingly and with charm to the screen. In this case storytelling and it's believability is the main focus. It's cinematographic appearance is that of an episode of a good TV detective series.

28. On the Other Hand, Death (2008)

R | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious client of private eye Don Strachey pays him cash to tail a woman who turns out to be an undercover officer; an older lesbian couple are victims of threats and vandalism; an old... See full summary »

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Margot Kidder, Gabrielle Rose

Votes: 624 | Gross: $0.00M

29. Ice Blues (2008)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Tim Callahan, aide to New York Senator Lauren Platt, is disappointed that all of the $3 million funding has been pulled from his latest pet project, a safe zone for children and youth. His ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Oliver | Stars: Chad Allen, Sebastian Spence, Daryl Shuttleworth, Nelson Wong

Votes: 505 | Gross: $0.00M

The fourth movie about Donald Strachey, the gay detective is probably the best. Much to my surprise because the third one was kind of a let-down. Although Ice Blues isn't as touching as Shock the System (the second one), it stands out by means of suspense and scariness. It's a real nail-biting, sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat detective thriller, with a lot more action than the previous episodes. Maybe it's because the plot deals with a different kind of antagonists. This time the crimes are not related to gay discrimination. It's about a gang of "professional" criminals chasing a huge amount of cash. They're not too faint-hearted to torture or kill. And that's quite an understatement. Actually I like it very much the plot is not again concerning some gay liberation matter. As long as there's a nice deal of romance between Strachey and Tim, it's all the better.

30. Dead Time (2007)

102 min | Crime, Fantasy, Thriller

A jaded cop. A narcoleptic journalist. A nation divided. A Fantasy you'd wish never come true.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Donny Alamsyah, Fachry Albar, Ario Bayu, Fahrani

Votes: 713

31. Into the Lion's Den (2011 Video)

Unrated | 85 min | Drama, Thriller

When three gay men on a cross-country road trip enter a redneck bar, the culture clash has deadly results.

Director: Dan Lantz | Stars: Ronnie Kroell, Jesse Archer, Kristen-Alexzander Griffith, Michael McFadden

Votes: 244

Entertainingly enough. A bit heavy on the gay related themes. And a bit too moralistic as well. It should've been tagged horror. Some torture scenes are pretty strong. One or two nude scenes are rather overt. A bit too much for some people I assume.

7.5/10

32. Solo (IV) (2013)

Unrated | 76 min | Thriller

A sexy, romantic and uncomfortably chilling tale of love and deception from first time director Marcelo Briem Stamm. Handsome middle class Manuel (Patrico Ramos), hurt by his previous ... See full summary »

Director: Marcelo Briem Stamm | Stars: Patricio Ramos, Mario Verón, Carlos Echevarría, Laura Agorreca

Votes: 1,224

33. Confessions (IV) (2016)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Ten gay men confess their secrets in the collection of short pieces, some funny, some shocking, some horrifying, all riveting.

Director: Mark Bessenger | Stars: Kieran Biggs, David Alanson Bradberry, Mark Cirillo, Andrew Clements

Votes: 43

From the same director as Bite Marks (see above) Haven't seen the movie yet....

34. The 24th Day (2004)

R | 92 min | Thriller

29 Metascore

Tom (Speedman) and Dan's (Marsden) one-night stand turns into an intense power-play between captor and captive.

Director: Tony Piccirillo | Stars: James Marsden, Scott Speedman, Sofía Vergara, Barry Papick

Votes: 3,276 | Gross: $0.01M

Not seen it Several reviewers call it homophobic.

I thought it's supposed to be some kind of remake of

Together Alone

Must see them both.

35. The Deep End (2001)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

78 Metascore

A woman spirals out of control while trying to keep her son from being found culpable in a murder investigation.

Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel | Stars: Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, Jonathan Tucker, Peter Donat

Votes: 10,286 | Gross: $8.82M

Thriller. Seen it - have to re-watch it. Good movie if I remember well.

36. La hora fría (2006)

92 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The eight year old boy Jesús has been living in a crumbling underground facility since he was born with eight survivors of an apocalyptic war: the leader Maria and her lover Pablo; the gays... See full summary »

Director: Elio Quiroga | Stars: Silke, Omar Muñoz, Pepo Oliva, Carola Manzanares

Votes: 1,616

37. Deathtrap (1982)

PG | 116 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

54 Metascore

A Broadway playwright puts murder in his plan to take credit for a student's script.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Michael Caine, Christopher Reeve, Dyan Cannon, Irene Worth

Votes: 10,135 | Gross: $19.28M

This review contains spoilers!

If I would have to make a list of my favorite movies of any genre randomly, 12 Angry Men would probably be on top. Sidney Lumet is a director whom I admire greatly. Unfortunately Deathtrap has some undeniable flaws and a few serious mistakes. The first one is Dyan Cannon. I was really stupefied about her outrageous abominable performance. While I thought this couldn't have been surpassed unnoticed, I tried to find some information about this on the imdb. To my astonishment all I found were favorable reviews... How on earth is this possible? Really?! In cases like these I seriously begin to doubt my sanity. But thank god ... I read on the Wikipedia Cannon was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Supporting Actress". She should have won, but in fact the award went to a 11 year old kid (still 10 during filming). Some competition, I must say. In Deathtrap Cannon seemed to lack the ability to convince in toto. She didn't manage to deliver any of her lines phonetically in a natural way, nor did the phrasing, the intonation or the amount of expression seem to be appropriate to the dramatic situation. Her body language was amateurish to the bone. When I read that some reviewers thought she was cute, I was just puzzled. I haven't the faintest idea when she ever might have been cute for one single moment. I'm really without a clue. Some other reviewer thought she was funny and they liked her screams. I think a performance like this could have been funny in a Christopher Guest mockumentary about some amateur actors trying to make a Mel Brooks rip-off. And funny screams? I remember when I was still in kindergarten some kids thought exaggerating screaming and yelling at any given moment was funny. Well it wasn't. It was equally annoying. The only excuse for a performance like this, is that Lumet wanted some elements of amateur theater in his movie, since it was based on a play. But in that case the movie is quite uneven. Sometimes the camerawork is very dignified, especially during the scenes of violence. There are some outdoor scenes. And I don't think Caine or Reeve deliberately overacted. If they did, they should've spiced it up, a bit more. Nope, none of these things seems to suggest that Lumet wanted his movie to look like a stage play right from the start. There are far more clever ways to manage this, than just by two extremely bad performances. The other one of course is the Helga Ten Dorp character, brought to the screen by Irene Worth. That said, she could perhaps pass as an parody of a preposterously bad stage performer. I quite agree with those who thought she was completely annoying. While watching her I continuously felt the urge to change DVDs and watch The Blithe Spirit instead, just because of the tremendous magnificent role of Margaret Rutherford as the eccentric medium madame Arcati. It would be such a relief.

I was very impressed by the performance of Reeve. His character changed with ease and in a very believable way, along with every plot twist. At first a reasonable, easy-going-type student, which later on developed to a much more sturdy, self-convinced and eventually rather sinister guy. In those scenes where he had to express some serious violent anger, he was very scary and convincing. He also seemed very relaxed during the gay kiss moment. This all added to the strangeness of the plot twists. Caine was good enough, more or less what we're used to, although he seemed somewhat uncomfortable continuously. He was less convincing than Reeve. Perhaps Reeve was very eager to get rid of his alleged type-casting destination. He sure gave it all.

Unlike most other reviewers I didn't find the script very good. Neither the dialogue nor the interaction did have much in common with reality. Some things depended far too much on coincidences. What if the wife didn't have her heart-attack at the appropriate moment? Was this really the most effective way they could think off to kill her? Did these two guys really love each other?It didn't seem a big deal to both of them trying to kill the other one. Why does a real psychic almost falls over a human body? Nope, this wasn't a very clever script.

38. Rope (1948)

PG | 80 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Two young men strangle their "inferior" classmate, hide his body in their apartment, and invite his friends and family to a dinner party as a means to challenge the "perfection" of their crime.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Dick Hogan

Votes: 108,762

Intended gay subtext (although hidden because of its controversy in those days). Actually I think it's even slightly too overt to be just subtext. Both "antagonists" are gay without any doubt. This movie is based on the Leopold and Loop murders.

39. Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)

Approved | 114 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker

Votes: 11,833 | Gross: $13.90M

40. The Nature of the Beast (1995)

R | 91 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Two men, both hiding a deadly secret, are on a murderous rampage through the desert.

Director: Victor Salva | Stars: Eric Roberts, Lance Henriksen, Brion James, Frank Novak

Votes: 1,659

Loaded with gay subtext!

Victor Salva is a good director. His movies are creepy and scary in an old fashioned way - I mean that very positively - and with a lot of suspense. I'm pretty sure he knows his classics quite well. Sometimes his movies even remind me of those of Alfred Hitchcock. Not as a whole of course, but for instance in the way some scenes are built. Most of his pictures are unjustified underrated, probably because of his past (And let's hope it stays the past). Not only is he one of the few contemporary directors who provides some hope to the future of horror film, he also provides a little hope a few of them might have gay protagonists someday.

41. Cruising (1980)

R | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A police detective goes undercover in the underground S&M gay subculture of New York City to catch a serial killer who is preying on gay men.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Al Pacino, Paul Sorvino, Karen Allen, Richard Cox

Votes: 15,339 | Gross: $19.80M

42. Dance of the Vampires (1967)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

A noted professor and his dim-witted apprentice fall prey to their inquiring vampires, while on the trail of the ominous damsel in distress.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Jack MacGowran, Roman Polanski, Alfie Bass, Jessie Robins

Votes: 25,517

Gay supporting role

43. The League of Gentlemen (1999–2017)
Episode: The League of Gentlemen Christmas Special (2000)

TV-14 | 60 min | Comedy, Horror

Alone in the chapel of hope on Christmas Eve Reverend Bernice hates Christmas,since her mother was carried off by Papa Lazarou disguised as Santa Claus when she was a child. She has three ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Bendelack | Stars: Jeremy Dyson, Mark Gatiss, David Arnold, Frances Cox

Votes: 222

Hilarious episode.

44. Wings (1927)

PG-13 | 144 min | Drama, Romance, War

Two young men, one rich, one middle class, who are in love with the same woman, become fighter pilots in World War I.

Directors: William A. Wellman, Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast | Stars: Clara Bow, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers, Richard Arlen, Jobyna Ralston

Votes: 9,382

A rather odd item to this list.

I added it, because it's all about the horrors of war. In different ways. Sometimes visually very overt... When aircraft pilots are shot you see the blood come out of their mouths in a very graphical way. There's a lot of gay subtext, and I mean really a lot, especially in the dramatic ending, but also before. I believe men are kissing each other about 6 or 7 times, not always in an erotic way, but it's very strange to see in a movie from 1927. There's even some rear male nudity.

A very good, very beautiful movie. But not a horror movie in the traditional sense.

 

45. Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

Bizarre tale of sex, betrayal, and perversion at a military post.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris

Votes: 5,404

46. Goodbye Gemini (1970)

R | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Unnaturally close, jet-setting twins become enmeshed in the Swinging London scene, where their relationship is strained after they befriend a predatory hustler and his girlfriend.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Judy Geeson, Martin Potter, Michael Redgrave, Alexis Kanner

Votes: 255

Good movie