Rift, Gay Essential Talks To Erlingur Thoroddsen

“I’ve been a fan of horror since I was very young,” recalls Erlinger Óttar Thoroddsen, director of the Icelandic horror film, Rift. “I remember being six or seven years old, being at the video store and browsing the horror section. I wasn’t allowed to rent those movies, so I’d make up stories in my mind of what they were about based on the cover art.”


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.


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.


Film Review: Chavela at Outfest

Chavela Vargas is a name that you may not be familiar with – but after seeing Chavela, the stunning new documentary from co-directors Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, the name of this Mexican musical icon will be hard to forget.

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