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HORROR: THE GAY FASCINATION

AMERICAN HORROR WRITER AND BLOGGER SEAN ABLEY LOOKS AT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GAY PEOPLE AND FILM’S DARKEST GENRE

THE BEAUTIFUL CREATURES COME OUT AT NIGHT

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The link between homosexuality and horror films has been debated rigorously and endlessly in books, blog posts and film classes for almost as long as gay people have gone to the movies. What is it about a genre filled with sex, violence and heightened performances that appeals so strongly to queer men?

There are those who feel the tropes of the horror genre are analogous to the struggles, wants and aspirations of the gay community. And there are those who point to the pure entertainment aspect that appeals to all audiences while pooh-poohing the queer connection with a “Well, who wouldn’t want to be Carrie?” rationale.

From an entertainment point of view this affinity makes total sense, especially for certain specific horror genre skews (much like the LGBT community, horror is a rainbow of many colours). For instance, revenge fantasies. Who didn’t feel different in high school? Who didn’t want to burn their bullies to death at the prom? Wouldn’t that have felt great? Wistful late at night scenarios about offing the local Aholes or the cruel captain of the football team (or fucking him, but that’s a different genre…) are made flesh in movies like Carrie, Jennifer’s Body, Tamara (written by out screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick) and, God help us, I Spit On Your Grave.

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The new issue feature former child star turned Bates Motel psycho, Freddie Highmore – who is all grown up in our exclusive shoot and interview. We also have a feature looking at why gay men love horror movies so much. On the eve of the UK general election we look back at party voting records and ask can we really trust the Tories? And as the Irish marriage referendum approaches, we look at the country’s road to equality, and how Colin Farrell is supporting his gay brother. In other voting matters, we ask experts if the UK can ever hope to win the Eurovision again. We have interviews with pop prince Will Young, American TV guru Andy Cohen, music mogul Pete Waterman, and that absolute babe Alexandra Burke. We also give you the run down on all the best prides and festivals of the summer.
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