Monday, October 16, 2023

The gayest horror movie of the 1980s : A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 vs. Fright Night

 Being that it is October, and I was trying to work in a post about two of my most favorite subtextual gay horror movies, I figure why not now. Usually, my blog focuses on the anti-LGBTQ industry, but there are times in which I feel we need a break. Also, I love sneaking little bits of LGBTQ culture in from time to time.

Others may disagree but, in my opinion the two most subtextual gay horror movies of the 80s were A Nightmare on Elm Street Two: Freddy's Revenge (1985) and Fright Night (1985). They come from way back in the day in which openly gay characters weren't dared to be shown on screen, so there were a lot of implications and homoerotic undertones. 

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2 is considered by many to be a very subversively gay horror movie. Of course, when I watched it, I was surprised and pleasantly pleased by the amount of male nudity is showed. Now, as our community has moved out of the closet and into the warm glow of sunshine, it turns out that the undercurrent of homosexuality in this movie was in fact intentional.

As further proof of this, you can either watch my friend Matt Baume espouse about it:

Or just skip to the good stuff: 


 And then there was Fright Night which I absolutely adored. This movie was about a young man (Williams Ragsdale) who discovered that his next-door neighbor (Chris Sarandon) was a vampire and rather than simply ignore it (which the vampire actually told him to do), he decides to save the day. 

Unlike Nightmare on Elm Street 2, the gay undertones weren't as blatant. But they were there:


 There was one specific scene which I watched repeatedly. It's when the vampire corners the young man's friend (Stephen Geoffreys) in an alleyway. Instead of simply attacking him, he seduces him in a nonsexual (but highly sexually hinted) way:


Many of Fright Night's cast members have places in LGBTQ cinema history.

Chris Sarandon (the vampire) received an Oscar nomination for his motion picture debut as Al Pacino's pre-op transgender boyfriend in Dog Day AfternoonAmanda Bearse (Charley's girlfriend and the damsel in distress) became an LGBTQ icon when she came out while starring in the long running television show Married With Children.

Jonathan Stark (who played the vampire's attendant) later became a television writer and shared an Emmy award for co-writing the landmark episode of Ellen in which Ellen DeGeneres's character came out. Roddy McDowall (Peter Vincent) had been dogged for years about rumors of his sexual orientation. And even Stephen Geoffreys cemented a dubious place in LGBTQ film history by starring in several gay pornographic movies. He has since made a comeback to horror movies.

'Anti-trans 'whistleblower' Jamie Reed called out for another lie' & other Mon news briefs

Jamie Reed

Family Of Missouri Trans Kid: Jamie Reed Lied About Liver Damage, Caused By COVID Drug And Not HRT - Anti-trans 'whistleblower' Jamie Reed has been called out numerous times for lies in her story of alleged bad practices by a gender-affirming care clinic in Missouri. This one is the latest time and also the latest time in which a press - who went all bonkers for Reed - seem to be ignoring the bigger story that there is something really not right here about Reed, her claims, and who she has aligned herself with. 

After years of erasure, Black queer leaders rise to prominence in Congress and activism - And it's about damn time, too. Of course, folks are always willing to omit those like me who may not be as loud but are working to build the framework. 

Muslim parents objecting to LGBTQ picture books used at Ham Lake charter school - This is a really sad situation because none of the books have anything to do with being sexually explicit. These parents simply don't want books with LGBTQ people in them and that is awful. It's an openly blatant attempt at erasure. And it's simply not right to erase people and families even your reasoning is religious.

San Jose leaders condemn anti-LGBTQ group - Glad to see elected officials fighting back.