It’s October, and that means it’s officially Gay Christmas, a.k.a., Halloween! Just like we all have at some point, it’s now time for the ghouls and goblins to come out and live their best lives. If you’re in the mood for something spooky and scary this year, we’ve got some great — and gay AF — inclusive horror films and series for you.
From classics to brand-new installments, this list will get you through the most horrifying time of the year!
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Chucky was created by Don Mancini, a gay man, and several of the films feature queer characters and themes, including Chucky’s child Glen. In the new Chucky series for Syfy, the main character is a queer teen boy named Jake. The Chucky TV series is currently streaming on Syfy.
Not only is the concept of body-swapping inherently queer, but Freaky also features Josh, the main character’s gay best friend as a refreshing take on what is often an old archetype. Streaming on HBO Max.
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This Spanish-language show follows a group of misfit friends who form a horror group that creates real-life scares for clients who need them. The show is co-created by Julio Torres who plays the gay character Andrés. Renaldo, the leader of the group also seems to be asexual. Streaming on HBO Max.
One of the best comedies on TV is also one of the gayest. Matt Berry plays Laszlo Cravensworth, a pansexual and hedonistic vampire, and Kayvan Novak plays Nandor the Relentless, who is also bisexual, and is currently in a will-they-or-won’t-they relationship with his former familiar Guillermo, played by out actor Harvey Guillén. Streaming on Hulu.
The new TV adaptation of this classic novel turns up the gayness to 100. It stars Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid as Louis de Pointe du Lac and Lestat de Lioncourt, two vampires and lovers. If you want horror that’s dripping in gay sex, this is the show for you. Airing weekly on AMC and streaming on AMC+.
Mark Patton played the first “male scream queen” in this horror sequel. As Jesse, a shy teen boy, he’s haunted by Freddy Krueger and with the help of his friend Lisa, tries to survive his murderous rampage. Streaming on HBO Max.
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This French movie follows Justine, a vegetarian veterinary school student who develops a taste for human flesh after a hazing ritual at her school. She has a gay roommate, Adrien, who eventually becomes a major part of the story. Raw is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
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The first film in the “gay slasher” genre, Hellbent follows several gay men trying to evade a killer during Halloween in West Hollywood. You can watch Hellbent on Amazon Prime Video.
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In M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming new thriller, Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge play a couple of gay dads who’s idyllic trip to a cabin with their daughter soon turns into a nightmare. The movie comes out in theaters February 3, 2023.
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In Stephen Dunn’s directorial debut, body horror makes for an analogy for the fear of coming out. When he was a young boy, Oscar witnessed a violent homophobic attack involving a man being impaled with a metal pipe. When he’s older and starts having feelings for other boys, he soon feels and sees the pipe emerging from his own body. Streaming on Netflix.
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The ultimate classic, queer horror movie is this campy and sexy musical. Starring Tim Curry as the delightfully deranged transvestite named Dr. Frank N. Furter, and featuring Richard O’Brien, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meat Loaf. Streaming on Hulu.
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This 2016 horror film follows a young gay man who travels with his friends back to his family farm in Michigan to come out to his conservative family. Unfortunately, when they get there, they are stalked and killed by a deranged killer with a pitchfork. You can rent it on Apple TV.
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This french erotic thriller follows a young gay man named Franck who frequents a nude beach that is also a popular cruising spot. He finds himself drawn to a handsome man named Michel. While Franck begins a flirtation with Michel, he witnesses Michel drown a man at the beach, and struggles with his attraction to someone he knows is a murderer. Streaming on Amazon Prime.
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