HALLOWEEN KILLS In (Un)living Color, and the Importance of Gay Representation

Watching the extended cut of HALLOWEEN KILLS recently, it struck me how every scene in my official HALLOWEEN KILLS coloring book—which I have fully finished with now, by the way, having burned through some substantial colored pencils to colorize the pages—is taken directly from a screenshot from the film. Like, down to even the small details. Nicely done.

On the subject of colors, let’s talk about rainbows. At the other end of this link is a thoughtful essay on the importance of gay representation in movies, and Horror movies in particular. It celebrates, and rightly so, the characters of Big John and Little John, the gay couple killed by Michael in the film. They’re the couple living in the Myers house, unfortunately for them, when our hero comes home. And they just happen to be a gay couple. There’s nothing radical or special about them—and that’s a great thing. They could’ve been a hetero couple just as easily. Their being gay is treated as nothing out of the ordinary, not used as a source for jokes. Neither does their inclusion feel forced. It doesn’t feel “woke” or like a case of tokenism. Just as the new CHUCKY TV series has as its protagonist a gay teenager, and just like the relationship between two of the characters in THE NEW MUTANTS, it’s no big deal. It’s *normal*. It’s nice to have finally gotten to this point, isn’t it?

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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