Cinema Spotlight: Rift

Paying homage to classic art-house horror films like Robert Wise’s The Haunting and Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, Rift is an enticing, well-acted and expertly-directed mystery-thriller from Iceland that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Bjorn Stefansson and Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson in Rift

Gunnar (Bjorn Stefansson) receives a strange phone call from his ex-boyfriend, Einar (Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson), months after they parted ways. Einar sounds distraught, like he’s about to do something terrible to himself, so Gunnar drives to the secluded cabin where Einar is holed up and soon discovers there is more going on than he imagined.

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As the two former lovers come to terms with their broken relationship, some other person, a mysterious figure in red, seems to be lurking outside the cabin, wanting to get inside. Is this a fantasy… or a real intruder?

Bjorn Stefansson and Sigurdur Thor Oskarsson in Rift

Eerie and stylishly crafted by director Erlinger Thoroddsen (Child Eater), Rift is a horror-tinged examination of trauma and the psychic scars it leaves behind. The film proved a big hit at film fests – not just LGBT festivals, but general horror film festivals as well, where it earned rave reviews.

Bjorn Stefansson in Rift

Watch the trailer for Rift below. The film is streaming now on Dekkoo.

Short Film Spotlight: Spring

Writer-director Hong Khaou’s 13-minute short film Spring could be either a horror-thriller or a wildly erotic celebration of how exploring one’s kinks through BDSM can be a liberating experience. It’s hard to tell, even once the film has ended, and that’s all by design.

Chris O’Donnell (no, not the one you’re thinking of) stars as Joe, a young man who clearly wants to explore his submissive side, but has some reservations. He’s particularly nervous during his first meeting with Tim (Jonathan Keane), a handsome, slightly older stranger who assures him that he’s “in safe hands.” Joe isn’t so sure, but he’s just curious enough to find out.

For Joe, this potential encounter all about the sexual thrill. He relishes kneeling in front of his older master, taking in his scent. Tim, however, is more interested in the psychological aspects of their coupling. Once they have arrived back at what may or may not be Tim’s residence, a cavernous home with plenty of empty rooms to explore (and no one to hear you scream), a struggle plays out between their very different desires, after which, nothing will be the same as before.

Khaou builds tension from the very first frames of Spring and never lets up. There’s no moment during this stylish short where we’re not wondering if Tim is a sociopath who plans to murder – or at least deeply psychologically scar – Joe. His experience, equal fear and excitement, becomes our own.

Spring earned great acclaim at film festivals all around the world when it debuted in 2011 and it’s easy to see why. Hong Khaou’s next project was the 2014 feature-length film Lilting, a deeply emotional drama staring Ben Whishaw as a young man trying to form a relationship with his deceased lover’s Chinese-Cambodian mother. We highly recommend both and can’t wait to see what he does next.

Spring is available not on Dekkoo.

Chris O'Donnell and Jonathan Keane in Spring

 

 

Short Film Spotlight: Michael Joseph Jason John

The lonely man who lives in apartment #8 picks up a charming stranger on the New York City subway. The two spend a passionate, heartfelt night together. #8, though, is woefully unaware that not everything is as it seems… and he may be in grave danger.

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Blurring the lines between reality and fantasy, the sexy and suspenseful ten-minute “romantic thriller” Michael Joseph Jason John explores the emotional aftermath of a one-night stand (and the inherent risks of hook-up culture). The film was written and directed by Scott T. Hinson, who also stars.

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“One night stands have always fascinated me,” said Hinson. “Sometimes you make a connection with your partner and have a really good time, sometimes it’s just a ‘meh’ experience and sometimes it’s a nightmare and you can’t wait for him to get the hell out of your house.”

Eric Robledo and Scott T. Hinson in Michael Joseph Jason John

“But one thing is always the same. The light of morning will arrive bringing with it question after question – and that often unshakable emotional residue. Who was he? I felt a connection, did he feel it too? Will he call? Is he thinking of me? Could there be a future for the two of us? Is he the one that’s going to kill me and shove me under the bed? Dealing with these questions and morning-after feelings are what I wanted to explore while making Michael Joseph Jason John.”

Original Poster for Michael Joseph Jason John

Michael Joseph Jason John is now streaming on Dekkoo.

 

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.

 

 

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.

Still from Candy, a short film by Mark Bessenger

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).

New This Week – 10/5/18

 

The gay film Cola De Mono is now available to stream on Dekkoo.com

It’s Christmas Eve, 1986, and Borja is a precocious teenager with a passion for film. As his extended family comes together to celebrate the holiday, the combined forces of the suffocating Chilean heat, free-flowing drinks, and repressed desire contribute to the eruption of long-held secrets. ‘Cola De Mono’ is available now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

The gay short film 'Beyond Plain Sight' is available now on Dekkoo

Ryan is a popular member of his community. He’s charming, helping and a social butterfly but Ryan has a secret. Dekkoo Films presents ‘Beyond Plain Sight’.

The gay film 'Steel' is available now on Dekkoo

Daniel, a successful TV journalist living life in the fast lane, has fallen into a deep depression. His seemingly perfect life collapses when panic attacks force him to deal with himself and his past, all while pursuing a handsome younger man. ‘Steel’ is available to stream on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A gay cinema masterpiece adapted from a notorious 16th century play.

Head down the rabbit hole with Tor Iben’s newest thriller The Year I Lost My Mind

Tom (Alexander Tsypilev) is a lonely young man. While carrying out a burglary he falls in love with Lars (Julien Lickert), a young history teacher. Tom starts to stalk Lars and pursue him without revealing himself… or feelings for him.

Meanwhile, Tom is developing a second obsession with a biker – whom, strangely, he seems to keep running into. More and more Tom gets lost inside a dangerous, real-life game of hide-and-seek and a labyrinth of passions. Once Lars becomes aware of Tom’s creeping presence, things take an even wilder turn.

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A new thriller from Tor Iben, the German director behind The Passenger and The Visitor (both of which are also now on Dekkoo), The Year I Lost My Mind is sexy and unsettling in equal measure.

“This movie is an attempt to look into the abyss of gay history and trace the marks that this history has left,” said Iben, continuing “this project is for everybody who loves dark stories, dark movies with an artistic touch or anyone who thinks this kind of movie, this kind of attempt, has to be supported!”

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Check out the trailer for The Year I Lost My Mind below. It’s available right now on Dekkoo.