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How THE BABADOOK Became a Gay Icon — Practically Overnight!

Jennifer Kent’s 2014 film THE BABADOOK is one of the best in modern horror. It’s an achingly sad tale of a single mother’s struggle to cope with the loss of a partner, the erratic tantrums of her now fatherless child, and subsequent damages to her psyche — all of which manifest in the towering boogeyman […]

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Euro-Sleaze: Landmarks in European Queer Cinema

The blame for my indoctrination into the human despair, psychological violence and sadistic glee of European Queer Cinema lies entirely with French writer, filmmaker and rape-survivor Virginie Despentes. In my boyhood I went along to a screening in Dublin’s IFI (Irish Film Institute) of her vengeance-themed and violently pornographic BAISE-MOI. The tagline piqued my morbid […]

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The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Violently Subversive Writing of Dennis Cooper

There is subversive, there is controversial… and there is Dennis Cooper. I can think of no other writer better acquainted with the language of violence. A latter-day Marquis de Sade, he scrutinizes the pain, guilt and fear of gay teens, amplified by human horror and the predatory older men who speak that language fluently. What […]

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The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]