17 Essential: LGBTQ Horror Films


There is still progress to be made in how the LGBTQ community is portrayed in horror and sci-fi films, and this list reflects both where we’ve been, and where we are now. In retrospect some of these films don’t withstand scrutiny, and this list shouldn’t be mistaken as advocating or justifying their content. But within the context of a genre timeline these films are essential viewing for a well-rounded gay horror foundation. 

Because there are so many more LGBTQ Horror films out there (who would have thought that would be possible 20 years ago?), here’s a list of Honorable Mentions, cut to keep the list somewhat equitable: The Wolves of Kromer, Pornography*, October Moon, Creatures from the Pink Lagoon, Night Shadows, Socket*, “I Was a Teenage Werebear” segment of Chillerama, Dahmer, Fright Night, Killer Condom, Otto; or Up with Dead People, Antiviral, Single White Female, Daughters of Darkness

*These are films I’ve worked on. 

Sean Abley is a playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and zombie enthusiast. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, Unzipped, Fangoria as well as Fangoria.com and ChillerTV.com. His latest book is OUT IN THE DARK: INTERVIEWS WITH GAY HORROR FILMMAKERS, ACTORS AND AUTHORS.


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