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Unhappy Birthday

Gay Essential Horror Films To Watch, Unhappy Birthday (Amen Island)

Released in 2011, Unhappy Birthday is a thriller about a birthday trip to the eerie Amen Island which turns into a living hell when the trekkers encounter the land’s community. Inspired by cult classics like Hammer House of Horror and The Wicker Man, the British film features the iconic horror actor and screenwriter David McGillivray and was directed by Mark Harriot and Mike Matthews.

Otto; or Up with Dead People

Gay Essential Horror Films To Watch, Otto; or Up with Dead People

This horror film was directed by Bruce LaBruce and revolves around the “life” of a young zombie who takes a ride to Berlin and auditions for a role there. Starring Jey Cristfar, Katharina Klewinghaus and Marcel Schlutt, Otto; or Up with Dead People was released in 2008 and shot in Germany and Canada.

Matthew Shepard

Matthew Shepard Let Us Not Be Afraid

In 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, with Matthew’s mother, Judy Shepard, at his side. The legislation was an expansion on the existing hate crimes law, granting added protection from crimes against a person on the basis of his or her gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The law was signed almost exactly 11 years after Matthew Shepard died. 3 Presidential terms, 6 Congresses, and 11 long years.

B&B

Essential Opinion: B&B

There’s countless LGBT horror flicks out there, but few of them can really master the subtleties and sublime terror you find in a Hitchcock classic. B&B is part of these playful, but fierce exceptions. Poking fun at some of our most beloved thriller tropes, writer and director Joe Ahearne has crafted a half-satire, half-horror film brimming with suspense, humor and unforgettable plot twists. Fair warning: although B&B isn’t for the uninitiated, you shouldn’t go into it as a horror connoisseur, but rather as a movie buff looking for a thrill.

Kept Boy

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Kept Boy

Released in 2017, Kept Boy is the sophomore feature from director George Bamber, adapted from the novel of the same name by Robert Rodi. The film tells the story of an interior designer, whose long standing relationship is hitting the rocks. The film stars Jon Paul Phillips, Thure Riefenstein and Greg Audino.

Heartstone

Essential Opinion: Heartstone (Hjartasteinn)

With remarkable simplicity, but also depth and sensibility, Heartstone is an impeccably executed debut feature from the talented Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson and a must-see for anyone, gay or straight, that has ever known or experienced intolerance and the struggle of riotous adolescent years.

The Object Of My Affection

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Object Of My Affection

Released in 1998, in The Object of My Affection a pre-school teacher is dumped by his long-term boyfriend and rents a room from a woman he meets at a dinner party. Things become complicated when she discovers her pregnancy. Directed by Nicholas Hytner, the film stars Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd and Alan Alda.

Stonewall

Gay Essential Films To Watch, Stonewall

A fictionalised account of the riots in 1969 New York, which started the gay liberation movement in the US, Stonewall is the coming of age tale of a small town boy who flees to the big city searching for hope and identity and becomes part of a historical moment. Directed by openly gay filmmaker Roland Emmerich, the film was written by Pulitzer-nominated playwright and screenwriter John Robin Baitz and stars Jeremy Irvine, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Jonny Beauchamp.

The Children's Hour

Gay Essential Films To Watch, The Children’s Hour

Starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine, The Children’s Hour, is a groundbreaking film about lesbian love and its place in society. Though somewhat controversial at the time, the film helped usher filmmakers and film fanatics along the long road to acceptance. Released in 1961, the film is directed by William Wyler.

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