The 13th Floor

Films 

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 […]

Films 

Blood is Blood: Queer Subtext in THE LOST BOYS

The first time I saw THE LOST BOYS, I was too young to acknowledge the reasons for its charm over me. It was a fun, subversive vampire movie with a rocking soundtrack. But as I got older, and started figuring things out about myself, the film took on new meanings for me. It was an allegory […]

Films 

Why KILLER CONDOM is Actually an Important Movie… No, Seriously

Sexual anxiety is a common theme in horror. There have been many, many great horror films over the ages to tackle humanity’s ongoing relationship with our own libidinous urges, and every nation has had a chance to weigh in on whatever sexual hysteria exists in their own culture. [Check out this earlier feature for a […]

Real Life Scares TV 

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Goes Political in Season 7: What Are the Possibilities?

If it’s one thing Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY has taught us it’s to always expect the unexpected… and nothing could have been more unexpected than Murphy’s recent announcement that the show’s seventh season would be covering a recent slice of terrifying history: the 2016 presidential election. Murphy later went on to […]

Films 

Examining “Gay Panic” Themes in the Vampire Classic, FRIGHT NIGHT

In Harvard Professor Marjorie Garber’s invaluable 2000 work BISEXUALITY AND THE EROTICISM OF EVERYDAY LIFE (one of the only notable scholarly works on bisexuality, although Kenji Yoshino’s THE EPISTEMIC CONTRACT OF BISEXUAL ERASURE also comes recommended), she posits (to make a generality about her work) that bisexual women are typically eroticized in films to directly […]

Films 

Gay Porn and Blue Murder: Making the True-Crime Biopic KING COBRA

The stylishly subversive and hyperkinetic re-imagining of the infamous Brent Corrigan/Bryan Kocis porn murder case KING COBRA (based on the true crime book COBRA KILLER by Anthony E. Stoner & Peter A. Conway) has ushered in a powerful new voice in independent queer cinema by the name of Justin Kelly. It was while conducting hard […]

Films 

The Doomed Generation: The Apocalyptic Cinema of Gregg Araki

In the opening scenes of Gregg Araki’s THE LIVING END, Luke (Mike Dytri) — a leather-clad, whiskey-swilling buff beefcake and bona fide psychopath with a death-wish — dances in the sun-scorched desert, while Jon (Craig Gilmore) — a film-critic who rips other people’s work apart for 25 cents a word — receives news of an […]

Films 

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 […]

Films TV 

Ten Groundbreaking Queer Genre Creators You Need to Know About!

The first films to leave an indelible mark on my psyche were William Sachs’ THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN, a late-night screening on TV of Otto Preminger’s missing-child mystery, BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, and the hilarious basketball decapitation in Wes Craven’s DEADLY FRIEND. This combination of high-and-low-brow horror has definitely factored in shaping my identity. Embracing ghoulish […]

TV 

GONE GIRL Author’s Debut Horror Tale SHARP OBJECTS Headed to HBO!

While this installment is a bit of a departure from our ongoing examination of the horror genre through a LGBTQ perspective, it will still appeal to horror-inclined LGBTQ readers for several reasons. A novel that has been under option with Blumhouse founder Jason Blum for a few years now has finally received an eight-episode order from HBO, with GONE […]

Films 

Somewhere Over the Dark Rainbow: Queer Horror Novels That Should Be Movies or TV Shows!

There are a number of high-concept, cross-genre books that have made the translation from the printed page to film or television over the last few years. While some LGBTQ-interest shows have been critically lauded, like Bryan Fuller’s prequel to Thomas Harris’ pre-existing franchise HANNIBAL, it didn’t become a ratings hit like other adaptations THE WALKING […]

Films 

Teenage Wasteland: Homoeroticism in 1980s Horror Cinema

For Monster Kids, the 1980s was a decade of seminal, genre-defining horror which saw the introduction of a multitude of now-iconic movie maniacs whose homicidal antics are seared into the public psyche. A mix of power ballads, punk, supernatural perversity, Morrissey and otherworldly (or off-world) threats; the slithery/burned/fanged things that go bump-in-the-night invading the minds, […]