Gay Essential Films To Watch, Into The Lion’s Den

The uncompromising thriller, Into the Lion’s Den, tells of the adventures of three gay men who head off to New York from Los Angeles in search of fun. Michael (Ronnie Kroell), Johnny (Jesse Archer) and Ted (Kristen-Alexzander Griffith) each have their own reasons for embarking on this road trip.  Johnny is finding it difficult to let go of his partying ways despite his age, Michael is nursing a broken heart and has discovered that he is HIV positive, Ted is embracing a new lifestyle.

It is on their last night of their trip that things take a turn for the deadly and the three good friends are lured to the aptly-named bar, Into the Lion’s den to endure a night of unspeakable horrors.

Unbeknown to his friends, Johnny has ulterior motives for the trio spending their last night in a backward town. Throughout their journey, he has been chatting with a man via a phone app and it is the bar, Into the Lion’s Den where he has arranged to meet this mystery man. But there is no mystery man waiting; only a twisted couple – the barman Frank (Michael Mcfadden) and his wife Betty (Jodie Shultz) who has laid a treacherous trap.

Into the Lion's Den


“Michael McFadden and Jodie Shultz are disturbingly terrific as the film’s villains.”
   Richard Propes, The Independent Critic 

“We’re so used to seeing annoying teens in our horror films that to suddenly be confronted with characters who are not only more ‘mature’ (at least in age terms) but also have interesting problems and interactions with each other, that it seems like a genuine and welcome blast of fresh air.”
   Brutal As Hell

“Not since the prison rape in American History X or the revenge fantasy in Descent (2007) have I seen sexual sadism brought to the screen with such wickedness.”
   The M Report

Did You Know?

Into the Lion’s Den provided Kristen-Alexzander Griffith with his first feature role, and Ronnie Kroell also was one of the film’s producers. On filming in Amish Pennsylvania, Ronnie had an allergic reaction while filming in the fields and was covered in red hives. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Alexander Ryll
When I couldn’t find a gay themed romantic film online via search engines or on any websites in early 2014, I created Gay Essential. launched in June 2014 we regularly promote rare and new gay-themed titles. Gay Essential is the first independent film website to categorize gay-themed films making it easier for visitors to learn about films based on their mood preference. Together with an incredible writing talent, we promote films and we make it easy for you to purchase them based on your location. Please add your support and purchase one of our incredible gay themed film T Shirts , unique and full of attitude.
Alexander Ryll


'You shouldn't dream your film, you should make it!' The Gay Essential Film Blog Edited by @alexanderryll
Have a great start to the working week #FilmLovers - 45 mins ago
Alexander Ryll
Alexander Ryll

Latest posts by Alexander Ryll (see all)