Sunday, September 11, 2005
Gay Horror Films
Hellbent is a little horror film coming to art house theaters very shortly, in time for Halloween. And what sets this apart from other horror films? The protagonists are gay. In fact, the movie presumes to name itself the first gay thriller. Now, I don't know about the rest of you, but growing up, I was a big horror film buff. I loved the Friday the 13th movies and Halloween, etc, but I also loved those Full Moon movies, the direct-to-video horror movies that had titles like Puppetmaster and Subspecies. They were pretty cheesy, but I loved them for it. About five years ago, my love for horror movies was rekindled (as it usually is around Halloween every year) and I rented some Full Moon movies, one of which was the director's cut of Voodoo Academy. Now, if there was ever a gay horror movie before I saw this, I certainly didn't know about it. It was blatantly gay, but didn't come right out and say it, which may be the difference between Hellbent and this type of movie. But guys writhing on their beds in nothing but underwear, massaging themselves like they're having some reeeaally nice dreams, while one guy watches through a peephole, seems pretty gay to me. Oh, yeah, and the scene where a guy in a bathtub is massaged by another guy...uh, yeah. Anyways, it turns out the director of this movie, David Decoteau, has this whole slew of movies that are very gay, but not outright gay, including The Brotherhood series, where he gets lots of shirtless guys together for the sake of the eye candy. So, Hellbent? Maybe it's the first explicitly gay horror movie (where guys actually express their feelings/attraction for one another), but it's certainly not the very first gay horror movie out there. It is, however, refreshing to see that this movie holds no qualms about coming right out and saying what it is, and doesn't beat around the bush like Decoteau tends to do. That's not to say it's going to be any good. It does come from the co-creator of Halloween, however. Anyways, you can judge for yourself. Visit the Hellbent official site and watch the trailer.