Out and Proud in Horror
Here, a gay Horror fan laments the lack of openly gay characters in major Horror films. Thinking about it, he has a point. I don’t recall too many such characters in any fright flicks I’ve seen recently. And when you do have a gay character show up, they’re usually relegated to a supporting role, if not a minor one. I’m all for inclusivity, as long as it isn’t forced (because when that happens, you can always TELL it’s been forced, and it feels phony). This is the MAINSTREAM we’re talking about, here. Gay folks are openly represented in the Independents. Is it prejudice that prevents major studio Horror films from featuring gay characters? Or is it that gay characters just don’t fit into the “formula”? Would Jason, for example, be driven to kill if two GAY characters had sex in one of the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies, as he is when one male and one female engage in premarital sex?
When one does see gay characters depicted in the genre, though, they are almost always female. Young, nubile, sexy females. Lesbian vampires is even its own subgenre. (A subgenre rife with low-class, lousy films, too. You’ll even find the words “lesbian” and “vampire” included prominently in movie titles. This kind of tokenism is hardly what gay fans want to see. I doubt there are any such fans who thought that VAMPEGEDDON was an accurate representation of the lives of most gay people.