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Nightbreed

Halloqueen Queer Essentials, Nightbreed

Released in 1990, Nightbreed is a gay horror fantasy film that follows the story of a group of misfits who try to escape an unhinged serial killer. The ‘90s classic stars Craig Sheffer and David Cronenberg and was written and directed by Clive Barker. The motion picture is based on Barker’s earlier novella entitled Cabal.

Alpha Delta Zatan

Halloqueen Queer Essentials, Alpha Delta Zatan

Released in 2017, Alpha Delta Zatan is set entirely within the claustrophobic confines of a frat house, the film follows the increased paranoia between members of a fraternity as they start to disappear at the hands of a masked killer. The film is directed by Art Arutyunyan, and stars Jeremy Winter, Jake Kidwell and Connor Field.

Raw

Michael Varrati: The Queering of Horror Movies

There’s always been a strong LGBTQ+ draw to the world of fright, and it’s really not difficult to see why. Horror, at its very core, is a genre of “otherness.” Often celebrating, venerating, or putting on display the plight of the outsider, horror creates a narrative that those who exist outside of the mainstream can easily identify.

Good Manners

Gay Essential Review: Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) at BFI Flare

It’s fairly easy to say that you’ve never seen a film quite like Good Manners. This Brazilian odyssey mixes elements of comedy, fantasy, horror and dark drama to tell a story that continually subverts expectations. It’s also made with a resonant sense of emotional depth that gets under the skin, so the story and characters become more involving as the movie gets increasingly bizarre.

You’re Killing Me

Essential Opinion: You’re Killing Me

George and Barnes are YouTube performers with about a thousand views. Joe is a socially awkward new fan – and also a serial killer. After “breaking up” with a guy named Andy, Joe tracks down George and the two immediately start dating. But the more they fall for each other, George’s friends become MIA for various reasons.

Pitchfork

Essential Opinion: Pitchfork

Set in sleepy Michigan farm country, the film features a broad cast of characters, with a small LGBT twist. Hunter, having recently come out to his parents, is making his first trip home from the big city to face his conservative father. Needing the support of his gaggle of friends, Hunter returns home with a variety of mismatched characters – a gaggle of horror film clichés who are ripe for the picking.

The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror

Halloqueen Queer Essentials, The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror

Following the encounter of five couples who stop by a bizarre hotel for the night, The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror is a campy horror film that was released in 2007. Written and directed by Jaymes Thomson, the movie stars Mari Marks and Georgia Jean and features Robert Borzych, Hilary Schwartz and Vinny Markus.

Jamie Marks Is Dead

Essential Opinion: Jamie Marks Is Dead

Directed and adapted by Carter Smith from Christopher Barzak’s harrowing novel One For Sorrow, Jamie Marks Is Dead is a slow-burning teen horror. A quiet teenager from a broken home’s life becomes bleak when his mother is involved in a car accident and a boy from his high school is found dead. Released in 2014 the film stars Noah Silver, Cameron Monaghan and Morgan Saylor.

Unhappy Birthday

Halloqueen Queer Essentials, 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.

The KAOS Brief

Essential Opinion: The KAOS Brief

What begins as a hactivist message quickly diverges into a clever found footage film shot with phones, security cameras, and a few DJI quadcopter drones. Drew Lipson plays Skyler, a social media-obsessed vlogger who broadcasts his daily life to his thousands of subscribers on his YouTube channel. Skyler and his partner Corey decide to kick off their spring break on a brief camping excursion with Skyler’s twin sister Dakota and her boyfriend Tren, setting up the perfect opportunity for a variety of new vlog entries, as well as a relaxing and fun getaway.

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