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Like its genre-cousin science fiction, horror films have long used supernatural terrors as stand-ins for real-life fears. When Jordan Peele used the genre to show white supremacy as the ultimate terror in “Get Out,” he was inspired by years of socio-political readings on his favorite horror films. When it comes to queer subtext, the genre is ripe for exploring themes such as possession, body transformation, fear of the other, uncontrollable desire, and hidden identities.
The **** vampire, first introduced in the 19th century Gothic novella “Carmilla,” led to an explosion of **** vampire movies in the 1970s. While some earlier films do include overt queer themes, everything went underground beginning with the Hays code, and continuing even long after. For so long, queer themes had to linger just beneath the surface, often hiding in plain sight. Being daring in other ways, horror filmmakers were some of the best at folding queer themes into their work.
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To create the most exhaustive list, IndieWire consulted horror screenwriter Michael Varrati, who is working in a documentary about queer horror for Shudder, as well IFC publicist Kate McEdwards, host of the hilarious feminist horror podcast “Ladies Horror Night.”
Here are 15 of the most famously homoerotic horror films.
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The most famously queer-coded horror movie of the last 35 years, this obvious example wrote the book on queer subtext. The first sequel in what would become a sprawling franchise, “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” was a notorious flop before it was reclaimed by queer audiences to reach the cult status it enjoys today. Mark Patton’s Jesse has been called the first male scream queen, and his possession by Freddy Krueger a clear metaphor for queer desire. For a deeper dive into the movie’s queer themes and the movie’s effect on Patton, check out the documentary “Scream,...
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