Hear me out, take for instance all of the viral buzz around…I can’t believe I’m saying this… how The Babadook is somehow a symbol for pride.
Check out these images below that literally recently circulating as of this month.
Okay, so – as hilarious as this is, what is going on?!
I’m fully aware this started off as a joke due to The Babadook being listed in the LGBTQ section of Netflix. Yet, here we are, as a community, somehow relating to a dramatic, supernatural entity, who eats worms and haunts people!
We can sit here and debate back and forth how many gay characters are in horror films – there are plenty. However, there isn’t a character I can recall who defies the antagonist. We’re most often a stereotype that is eliminated quickly without being central to the story.
As a huge horror fan and horror writer, I do know that the time is coming soon when the final girl is the final gay. And that gay is a Fem-Gay, I want to see a girl kissing a girl then saving her love from peril. Hell, can we please get a group of drag queens chased by a masked villain?! Genius! There is definitely a market for strictly LGBTQ themed horror movies. I’m honestly shocked it hasn’t necessarily been tapped yet.
It’s our time, especially during this month– OUR month – to shout our pride from the rooftops. Let’s also keep in mind that we want our horror film heroes to be gay, damn it!
Who is your favorite LGBTQ horror character? That isn’t The Babadook!
If you want to check out horror films with dynamic LGBTQ characters, I suggest watching The Invitation, 2001 Maniacs, May, and Planet Terror.