Halloween is our time! Well, it's an amazing time of year that the queer community as embraced like no other. Outside of Pride, Halloween is definitely the time to dress up, be yourself, and celebrate our inner monsters.
There are a ton of horror movies out there. But what ones should you curl up to in preparation of Halloween? What shocking gay horror movies are even out there? We got the list just for you!
9. The Gay & Lesbian Bed & Breakfast of Terror
Okay clearly the title tells you what happens. This campy movie features various couples and singles all coming together at a rundown B&B in the middle of nowhere. Not a terrifying film, but a good flick if you're looking for campy fun.
8. Otto; Or Up With Dead People
Promoted as the first gay zombie movie, this film is a bit more graphic for the squeamish viewers. The tagline says it all - "bringing sexy back, from the dead."
7. Sleepaway Camp (Entire Series)
This may be a bit of a controversial segment. The film series focuses on a mass murderer at a summer camp (original, right?). The ending of the first Sleepaway Camp has a dramatic ending that divides individuals to this day. No spoilers here on who the murderer is or the "twist" but these films have many of the classic slasher troupes we all love.
6. A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge
We all should know Freddy Krueger's schtick. What turned this movie on its head is the "final girl" is not a girl - but a cute guy. This film turned the typical horror film equation at the time on its head. The homoeroticism in the film is mentioned on countless articles all over.
Starring Tom Bateman (Behind Her Eyes) and Sean Beale, B&B follows a gay couple who were turned away from a bed-and-breakfast due to the fundamentalist Christian owner’s (Paul McGann) archaic religious views. After winning a discrimination suit against the owner, who went into debt after the loss, the couple decide to – for some insane reason – embark on a weekend getaway to the same bed-and-breakfast a year later. With the arrival of a sinister Russian stranger (James Tratas), the couple get more than they bargained for.
4. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Does this even need a bio? For those who haven’t seen, The Rocky Horror Picture Show tells the story of a young couple whose car breaks down near a castle habited by a group of strangers in faaaabulous costumes who are celebrating an annual convention. Their leader, Dr. Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) – a self-proclaimed “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania” – has created a muscle man called Rocky in his laboratory, which is great. Jim Sharman’s film has attained a massive worldwide following and boasts the honour of being the longest-running theatrical release in film history, spanning four decades. The Rocky Horror Picture Show is often regarded as one of the best musical films of all time.
Directed by Kurtis David Harder, the Shudder exclusive follows a same-sex couple who move to a small town in search of a better environment for them and their 16-year-old daughter. “Nothing is at it seems” in the town, “as something sinister lies behind the picturesque homes and welcoming faces of their new neighbours.” Written by Colin Minihan, Spiral also stars Ty Wood (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Chandra West (NYPD Blue) and Lochlyn Munroe (Riverdale).
Pronounced “They Slash Them,” this new slasher stars Kevin Bacon as Owen Whistler, the director of a conversion therapy camp who is joined by several queer and trans individuals for a week of programming to “help them find a new sense of freedom”. As the camp’s methods become more unethical over the course of their stay, the campers must work together to protect themselves against a mysterious serial killer.
1. The Perfection
Get Out star Allison Williams returns to the horror genre as the talented but troubled cellist Charlotte, who travels to Shanghai to reconnect with her former mentor Anton (Steven Weber). There, she befriends another of Anton’s students Lizzie (Logan Browning). After becoming sexual with one another, Charlotte agrees to accompany Lizzie across rural China and what follows is pure… terror. If you’re squeamish, stay away from The Perfection. If you’re not, enjoy!
The Bottom Line
There are literally thousands of movie options for you (all alone in your creepy house) or with a partner or two to snuggle up with. Stay safe this Halloween and use code SPOOKY25 for a special 25% off skin care products to be ready for Halloween night!