February is LGBT History Month so we’re looking at the most high profile gay actors and characters from the world of horror.
The best way to start is with the film affectionately referred to by fans as the ‘Gay Nightmare’.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge
It wasn’t fashionable for actors to be out in the 80’s, something that Mark Patton who played Jesse in the highly anticipated Nightmare on Elm Street sequel, found to his detriment.
This coupled with the homo-erotic overtones of Freddy’s Revenge probably didn’t help as Jesse’s mind was seduced by Krueger, in what was a muddled sequel. Despite the lukewarm reaction the film did gross $30 million at the US Box Office.
Freddy’s Revenge may be considered ahead of the curve given its subtext, as has gone on to become a cult favourite of fans with Patton currently producing a documentary about his experience as a gay actor in the 80’s called Scream Queen: My Nightmare on Elm Street, which is set for release later this year.
A recent release, Glenn Douglas Packard’s Pitchfork was released last year and has the dubious honour of being the only slasher film featuring a barn dance (I think).
In an original turn Packard has his main protagonist Hunter as a gay man who has recently suffered a break up. Also when the going get’s tough against the aforementioned Pitchfork, Hunter shows he can stand up for himself as he leads the fightback against the villain.
Although not the greatest slasher film, Pitchfork gets marks for trying to be different and change what have become stereotypes of the gay man.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Just like Freddy before him, Jason Voorhees showed he was an equal opportunities serial killer.
Kane Hodder’s first appearance as the iconic Jason is another cult classic of slasher fans affectionately known as ‘Frigay the 13th’ as the majority of the male cast were gay.
Although the film doesn’t have any gay characters it does show that Hollywood was slowly moving forward after the problems endured by Mark Patton post-Freddy’s Revenge.
The Exorcist (TV series)
For two years now the revival of The Exorcist via the FOX tv series has wowed fans, with Ben Daniel’s Father Marcus a big part of this.
Marcus’ sexuality was only hinted at during the show’s first season, but as the story progressed during Season 2 he went all out and even found a companion for a short time.
Given the religious overtones of the Exorcist story as a whole, introducing a gay character could have been considered a risky move. But with the show winning critical acclaim as well as Daniels himself, he is definitely a fleshed out 21st century gay character.
This little known film from Paul Etheredge is probably the first (and only) gay slasher film.
Centering around a man wearing a devil mask, who is murdering gay men in Hollywood, Hellbent succeeds because it plays things straight (if you will).
Although set in the gay community of Hollywood, this has all the classic slasher tropes of the heyday of the early 80’s, and had the potential to have formed the first gay slasher franchise.
Bride of Chucky
During the franchise revival of the late 90’s post-Scream, that lovely deadly doll made his comeback in the tongue in cheek Bride of Chucky.
Directed by Ronny Yu, the film went for laughs and all out gore over a serious darker tone.
It did feature one of the most brutal kills of the franchise as David, an openly gay character played by Gordon Michael Woolvett was smashed into pieces by a truck on the highway.
If there are any characters or films you think we’ve missed. please let us know in the comments.