Pride Month is coming to a close and Metroplague is here to end it right with 6 positive examples of the community in the horror genre. While viewers of horror films are no stranger to LGBTQ+ characters, one of the most memorable representations comes from Angela Baker and the last few minutes of Sleepaway Camp.
Although this movie is one of the most legendary slashers of its time, it does perpetuate the negative stereotype of the dangerous transgender individual. We love horror, but we aren’t ashamed to admit that sometimes the genre portrays the LGBTQ+ community in a strange light. Take the subtle example in the breakout hit ‘Get Out,’ where the music magically gets evermore frantic when it is discovered that Rose had seduced a woman in one of her entrapment schemes.
We love a good horror example as much as the next feind, but it’s time to look at 5 great examples of when the LGBTQ+ community made a huge impact on horror.
5. As American as Apple Pie
Even though Ryan Murphy’s hit series ‘American Horror Story’ does fall into the dangerous homosexual trope at times (See Zachary Quinto’s murderous spirit in Murder House), it is still a great example of putting LGBTQ+ diversity in the limelight. From having an openly gay showrunner, to putting community actors and actresses in leading roles, nearly every season of ‘Horror Story’ has something to please the LGBTQ+ crew.
Our personal favorite characters and scenes are:
- Cleopatra’s entire character arc in season five’s ‘Hotel’
- Lana Winter’s transformation from victim to warrior in season two, ‘Asylum’
- The ‘Cult’ scene where Kai (Evan Peters) speaks to Billy Eichner’s character Harrison about the pains of growing up ‘different.’ This example is especially cool because it takes the real experiences of people in the LGBTQ community and showing that there is real horror in their lives and not just the surface aspect that modern media chooses to show.
4. Clive Barker…Need We Say More?
One of the most famous names in horror is also one of the most shining examples of LGBTQ’s influence on excellent genre material. Yes, we are talking about the master himself, Clive Barker. Bringing the genre the legendary ‘Hellraiser’ series was only the beginning of his breakout. When fanatics dig deeper they’ll find some real, unbridled representation in his 2001 ghost odessy, ‘Coldheart Canyon.’
In this horrific Hollywood tale, Barker truly expresses his belief that no display of affection and intimacy is a stain on society. The main characters constantly delve deeper into their sexual emotions until true happiness is reached in only ways that Barker can write it.
3. Cult Fem Characters
Even though not all of these films tackle issues faced in the community, they are embraced as examples of how femininty is nothing to be fucked with. Bright examples of women and unabashed, awesome feminism in horror can be seen in characters from cult films like:
- The Descent
- The Craft
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Jennifer’s Body
- The Haunting
You still have a good week or so to rent these flicks and check them out. Rooting for these ladie’s will possibly be one of the highlights of 2018’s Pride Month!
2. ‘Raw’ Emotion
The 2017 French cannibal film ‘Raw’ is famous for its gutwrenching visuals. However, beyond the blood and guts lies a story that holds the ultimate LGBT emotion of figuring out and accepting who you are, regardless of how anyone else views your lifestyle. Even beyond having one of the lead characters be a gay man, this film truly tears apart gender stereotypes as we know it. There is a true emphasis on sisterhood throughout the movie that just makes ‘Raw’ a violent but gorgeous gem.
1. ‘We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes’
Yes, we realize that the recent series ‘Bates Motel’ had Norman make a connection with another male character. While that cannon is appreciated, we are going to take this one back to the original that started it all, ‘Psycho.’
At the time when the movie came out, Norman’s sexuality wasn’t really something that was taken into account, and to the lamen audience can be viewed as a dangerous stereotype. However, his sexuality was never explored and that’s where the praise for the film itself ends and the love for Anthony Perkins begins.
Perkins was either gay or bisexual. With respect, he was very private about his relationships and his sexuality is described differently from different sources. He was an extremely talented man, starring in over 40 films, and portraying brilliantly, the silverscreens favorite misunderstood character, Norman. In the novel that ‘Psycho’ was adapted from, Norman was a very stoic character that more resembled Ed Gein, the serial killer that Bates was molded from. Luckily for moviegoers, Perkins brought his acting chops to the table and created the vulnerable, shy….even sympathetic Norman Bates that we all know and love.
Tell Metroplague Your Favorite Examples
We enjoyed taking the time to put this list together, but we want to know what your favorite examples are of horror and the LGBTQ+ community. Let us know in the comments below and stick around for more creepy fun this week!