9 Gay Films to Watch This Halloween

If you’re anything like us, you enjoy a good scary movie during the month of October. Dekkoo has plenty of options that will satisfy your spooky seasonal needs, but we narrowed down the selection process to highlight these nine flicks worthy of Halloween viewing.

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Alpha Delta Zatan

Starring an all-male cast of hotties, this low-budget homoerotic slasher flick offers up a fun, sensual spin on the “sorority massacre” sub-genre. A goofy but noble college kid is surprised when he’s invited to join his school’s most exclusive frat house… until he comes face to face with a masked psychopath who is picking off all of the half-naked muscle boys one by one.

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Bite Marks

While backpacking across the country, bickering gay couple Cary and Vogel decide to speed up their trek by hitchhiking. Bad idea, right? Brewster, a sexually-confused trucker, picks the pair up on his way to deliver a shipment of coffins. After a few strokes of bad luck (and some others kinds of strokes), the mismatched trio ends up lost and broken down in an abandoned junkyard with five bloodthirsty vampires on the loose.

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Black Briefs

We’re cheating a little with this one as Black Briefs isn’t really a feature film, but a collection – featuring six different award-winning short films with suspenseful story lines and themes. This compilations aims to entertain and chill your bones in equal measure. Included here are the shorts Communication, Promise, Remission, Spring, Video Night and Winner Takes All. Some are sexy, some are spooky, all are appropriate for a chilly Autumn night in front of the TV.

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A Closer Walk with Thee

Intense and deliciously homoerotic, this award-winning new thriller follows Jordan, a strange young Christian missionary who gets caught watching his handsome and equally young Pastor take a shower. Disturbed by these “sinful” urges, Pastor Eli becomes convinced that Jordan is under the influence of a demonic force. The two men get unusually close as an amateur, bizarrely erotic exorcism soon begins.

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In a Glass Cage

In the aftermath of WWII, a former Nazi doctor and child molester – this is a REALLY bad dude – finds himself confined to an iron lung following a failed suicide attempt. Things get even worse when a mysterious, handsome young man, hired to be his caretaker, is discovered to be hellbent on revenge. An uncompromising psycho-sexual drama that’s erotic, painful and terrifying in equal measure, In a Glass Cage is a highly controversial classic. Certainly not for the squeamish.

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The Lost Coast

As a group of old high school friends wander through the streets of San Francisco on Halloween night, two of them are forced to confront their unspoken sexual history. Unlike the other films on this list, there’s nothing about The Lost Coast that dips into the horror genre, but it gives you a good Halloween-ey vibe nonetheless. Writer-director Gabriel Fleming’s debut film is a beautifully rendered story of reunion, desire and regret.

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Rift

Months after they broke up, Gunnar receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar. He sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself. Gunnar drives up to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers that there’s more going on than he imagined. The two men seem to be alone, but there’s some kind of supernatural force just beyond the walls that’s looking to get inside with them.

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Vampire Boys

Jasin and his vampire brood’s time is running out. In order for them to survive, Jasin needs to find a mortal to turn into a vampire. It’s sort of like finding a husband… but for all of eternity. Luckily, a fresh-faced young lad named Caleb seems to be just what the witch doctor ordered. The cast is packed with cuties in this gay, low-budget indie in the vampire-romance vein of Twilight. Vampire Boys 2: The New Brood is also streaming now on Dekkoo.

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The Year I Lost My Mind

After encountering him during a burglary, Tom begins stalking and antagonizing the attractive young Lars. When Lars finds out about Tom’s intentions, he manages to turn the tables on him, leading to a shocking confrontation. With something of a Single White Female vibe (with ridiculously attractive men swapped in for the leads), The Year I Lost My Mind is a sexy mind-fuck of a thriller from Germany.

 

 

New This Week – 10/19/18

The gay movie "What's Between Us" is now available on Dekkoo

After eighteen years of marriage, Alice finds herself confronted with the fact that her husband Frank feels more and more attracted to men. Not only Frank, but also she and their three children undergo an irreversible change. ‘What’s Between Us’ is now available on Dekkoo!

The transgender short film TransMute is available on Dekkoo

Christine must travel to North Carolina after receiving a devastating phone call from her mother and reveal that she has transitioned from Christine to Chris. ‘TransMute’ is now available on Dekkoo!

The gay comedy eCupid is available on Dekkoo.com

As his 30th birthday nears, an over-worked ad executive comes across a mysterious dating app called “eCupid” – which soon begins controlling his entire life. His world is quickly turned upside down as he struggles to fight his way through a stream of horny suitors and discovers that all the attention is more than he bargained for. Stream ‘eCupid’ instantly on Dekkoo.com!

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Coming next week: A stylishly bold tribute to the volatile artist.

It’s time for a Break Through

The new film Break Through from director Aaron Hose documents a group of passionate twenty-somethings within the Theatre for Social Change movement, as they unite in a stand against the stigmatization and marginalization of LGBTQ citizens in America.

Part human interest story, part dramatic interpretation, this uplifting film examines the importance of seeing your sexuality as only one thing that defines you as a person.

Having courage, self-acceptance and parental support is crucial for our LGBT youth, especially since we live in a society where many of them are still bullied for being “different”. Break Through aims to open the eyes of those who are quick to dismiss gay, lesbian and transgender issues as “no big deal”.  Sure, things may be getting better, but being “out in the open” is by no means easy.

Check out the trailer for Break Through below. The full documentary is now available on Dekkoo.

8 Short Films to Watch as Halloween Approaches

If you’re anything like us, you enjoy a good scary movie during the month of October. Dekkoo has plenty of feature length films to satisfy your spooky seasonal needs, but we also have a terrific selection of shorts. Here are eight highlights to add to your Halloween viewing line-up.

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Bugcrush

2006, 36 mins

Director: Carter Smith

A small-town loner’s fascination with the new kid in town leads him into something much more sinister than he could ever have imagined. Bugcrush was a huge hit on the film fest circuit and received numerous awards. Director Carter Smith was tapped to helm the much bigger budget studio horror picture The Ruins two years later as a result of this film’s success.

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PYOTR495

2016, 15 mins

Director: Blake Mawson

Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16-year-old Pyotr (Alex Ozerov) thinks he’s found a decent online hook-up, but ends up getting baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks – bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law. What these homophobic extremists don’t know if that Pyotr has a dangerous secret… and they’re not going to like it.

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Cock N’ Bull

2012, 8 mins

Director: Nathan Adloff

Wes (co-writer Danny Rhodes) invites his best friend Chris (co-writer/director Nathan Adloff) over to his place for a quite night in after being cruelly dumped by his boyfriend Henry. The two pals attempt to blow off some steam by channeling their youth and prank calling strangers… but soon realize that may have been the worst idea ever.

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I Really Like You

2014, 13 mins

Director: Jason Karman

I Really Like You is a tragedy about Michael (Steve Bradley), who runs a small restaurant that has a reputation for being a hook-up joint. He sees Brandt (Garrett Black) visiting the restaurant looking for some action. As Michael uses the lure of sex to entice him, memories of a love lost are triggered, leaving him always wanting more. The film speaks to the impersonal nature of hook-ups and the lengths some people will go to have intimacy.

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Candy

2012, 8 mins

Director: Mark Bessenger

In this short horror/thriller from director Mark Bessenger (Bite Marks, The Last Straight Man), a man calls into phone sex lines looking for a potential romantic partner. Vic, a college student, is interested, but is too nervous to accept, prompting the mysterious caller to take matters into his own hands.

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Tonight It’s You

2016, 17 mins

Director: Dominic Haxton

When a young gay man hooks up with a guy he meets on a dating app, he encounters something much more sinister than even his most base fears could have imagined. Set in a God-fearing town, director Dominic Haxton sets us up to believe that the only thing to fear is local homophobia, but he’s really about to witness something truly unthinkable.

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Tonight It’s Me

2014, 13 mins

Director: Dominic Haxton

Also from director Dominic Haxton, and something of a companion piece to Tonight It’s You, Tonight It’s Me takes us through one night in the life of a hot young hustler, who soon finds himself in uncharted waters when he spends the night with a client far different from the lecherous, much-older “johns” he’s used to servicing for cash.

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I Was a Teenage Werebear

2011, 30 mins

Director: Tim Sullivan

A clever spoof of 1960’s drive-in flicks, I Was a Teenage Werebear features five rock and roll musical numbers in a mash-up of Roger Corman and John Waters that follows a day in the life of closeted schoolboy Ricky O’Reilly (played by Sean Paul Lockhart, a.k.a. adult film star Brent Corrigan) who falls is turned into a beast after being bitten by Malibu High’s mysterious bad boy Talon (Anton Troy).

A subversive gay classic comes to Dekkoo

Back in 1991, Christopher Marlowe’s notorious 16th century play was radically adapted into a gay cinema masterpiece by late, great queer auteur Derek Jarman.

Using anachronistic imagery, modern dress, gay activists battling riot police and Annie Lennox singing Cole Porter, Edward II tells the story of an openly gay British monarch and the persecution he suffered. It’s given a contemporary resonance by Jarman, paralleling the injustice of homophobia at the time.

King Edward II (Stephen Waddington) rejects his cold wife Queen Isabella (Tilda Swinton) and takes a male lover, the commoner Piers Gaveston (Andrew Tiernan) upon whom he bestows gifts and power. The King’s behavior enrages the sober, business-suited court officials and the spurned queen becomes a seething monster whose dresses and jewelry grow more outrageously lavish as her need to vengeance escalates and the plotting begins.

Edward II is a prime example of “New Queer Cinema” – the indie film movement of the early 1990s. Jarman reworked Marlowe’s play into a homoerotic, sexually charged, radically relevant work. Graphic, brutal, moving, surprisingly funny and always erotic, the film blends prose with contemporary jargon and costumes, replete with positive portrayals of queer sex, profanity and ACT- UP activists.

Brilliant, daring and innovative, Edward II showcases gay cinema at its finest. It’s not streaming on Dekkoo.

Now Available: Steel

From director Sven J. Matten, Steel follows Daniel (Chad Connell), a successful TV journalist who lives his life in the fast lane. Unfortunately, he has fallen into a deep depression. His seemingly perfect life suddenly collapses under him when panic attacks force him to deal with his past.

Fear, paranoia and desperation appear to get the better of him; people around him are helpless. Daniel, however, won’t give up. He tries to recapture what was once his, guided by an alluring young man named Alexander (David Cameron), with whom he embarks on a tentative journey into a painful past.

A film about illness, self-discovery and survival, Steel is a stirring psychological drama with two strong male leads. Watch the trailer below and make sure to stream the full film on Dekkoo.

New This Week – 10/12/18

Dating My Mother is now available to stream on Dekkoo.com

‘Dating My Mother’ follows the intimate and tumultuous relationship between a single mother and her gay son as they navigate the dizzying world of online dating. While they search for their versions of Mr. Right, mother and son discover that sometimes you need to be apart in order to grow together. Watch ‘Dating My Mother’ now on Dekkoo!

Derek Jarman's Edward II is now available on Dekkoo.com

Using anachronistic imagery, modern dress and gay activists battling riot police the story of Britain’s only openly gay monarch and the persecution he suffered is given a contemporary resonance by queer iconoclast Derek Jarman. ‘Edward II’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

The gay short film 'Narcissist' is available to stream on Dekkoo.com

An honest genuine writer discovers the painful truth of a handsome and charming, yet manipulative and toxic love interest. Watch the gay short film ‘Narcissist’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: ”An unexcited and great drama about a late coming out. Worth seeing!” The Yorcker – Berlin