For young Charlie Brewster, nothing could be better than an old horror movie late at night. Two suave men move in next door, and for Charlie with his horror movie experience, there can be no doubt that their strange behavior is explained by the fact that they are a vampire and his undead day guardian. The only one who can help him hunt them down is a washed-up actor, Peter Vincent, who hosts Charlie's favorite TV show, Fright Night. Vincent doesn't really believe that vampires exist, but is willing to do it for the money.
This classic piece of horror doesn't have a significant amount of overt gay content. Charlie Brewster is an over-imaginative teen with a single mom and outcast friend. When some men move in next door, his mom wonders if Bill, the new antique dealer, and his live-in carpenter, Jerry, could be gay. But the antique's dealer is really a vampire and while the vampire does seduce mostly women, there is significant homo-eroticism between him and his ghoul.
Several scenes stand out in this movie. In one, the vampire, Chris Sarandon, seduces the misfit boy, known as Evil Ed and tells him that he knows what it's like to be different and an outsider. In another, the vampire puts his arms around his ghoul, played by Jonathan Stark, as an incredible show of solidarity, .
As notes of interest - Charlie's girlfriend is played by openly lesbian actress Amanda Bearse, while his best friend Ed starred in gay porn under the name Stephen Geoffreys. His mentor, Roddy McDowell, was also known to be gay.
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This has to be one of my favorite horror movies to come out of the 80s, especially since it did manage to capture a slight 'gay' storyline. It seems that the beautiful Greek vampire in this movie has a 'man-servant' to tidy up and do all of his bidding. Luckily he isn't too convervative to display affection to. And if that isn't enough, the hero's best friend is later transformed into a vampire, which the darkand brooding Jerry Dandridge comforts, telling him he knows how it is to be 'different.' Although only a gay horror fan might pick up on this, it only adds to an already great vampire story.
By: Ben ( BSpartaman@aol.com )
I want to talk to others about looking at this movie more closely. From my point of view, there is one particular scene that is fraught with homoeroticism. Also, (for those of you who don't know) one of the actors in the film went into gay porn! Interested in discussing?
By: Patrick ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
The interesting part is that the main actors Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse and Stephen Geoffreys are gay in real life.
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