Matt Baume: The Best Gay Halloween Flicks [VIDEO]

“Happy Halloween! By all means, go out and party. But what if you’re a grumpy loner like me and all you want is a nice quiet spooky evening at home? Well, what better way to spend a dark and stormy night than with a creepy, scary, or generally disturbing movie. Last week I asked a bunch of folks on Twitter and Facebook to recommend some of their favorite Halloweeny films, and I get some spooktactular suggestions. I gathered up my favorites, threw away the raisins, and now here are your best bets for a scary film fest.”

  • Matt Baume says he is a grumpy loner? I’ve always pictured Joe dating this guy. They seem like they would be good together.

  • Michael Rush

    I thought i had seen all the B-Movies but last year i came across one called SPIDER BABY which was uneven but really fascinating

    http://data.whicdn.com/images/139419287/large.jpg

    • To the best of my memory, this was the first drive-in movie our family saw together. I think I was about six. I barely remember it except it was some kind of Adams Family thing and the girl ate spiders.

      • Michael Rush

        Now everyone knows how old you are . At least it wasn’t FREAKS ( 1932 )

        • David Walker

          Which I love! I don’t even think of it as a horror film. It’s just fascinating.

          • Michael Rush

            did you catch American Horror Story : Freak Show last year ?
            Anyone who saw that needs to go back and see FREAKS ( Tod Browning . 1932 )

        • Octavio

          Which was on early this morning on TCM! 🙂

  • joeyj1220

    I love these movies, but as a die hard horror fan, campy simply doesn’t scratch the itch when it comes to REAL horror of which none of these films are

    • Horror really is too broad a category. Campy horror is one, sci-fi horror another. Then there is torture porn and war documentaries.

      • joeyj1220

        I guess for me when the word “horror” is added it means some part of it will be scary. Something like “The Addams Family” and anything with Elvira has nothing truly scary in it

      • ZhyKitty

        When you say torture porn, do you mean films like Hostel or films like 120 days of Sodom….or actual torture porn xxx?

        • Hostel and similar trash that uses horror as an excuse to mutilate women. and put the fear of god into teens having sex.

          • ZhyKitty

            I’ve never seen anything else like Hostel, not that I finished it. In fact, I don’t really know what you’re referring to there specifically, as I didn’t get very far into the film at all before I got up and left with my friend. We didn’t realize what it was going to be before we went in and wouldn’t have bought tickets if we had known. We had just heard that Tarantino had a hand in it, and that was the only reason we picked it, not knowing about the story-line.

          • I’ve actually never seen it either. I refuse to watch any like that. I realize there is a fine line between your basic slasher film when everyone is fair game and ones that are specifically mysoginist, so I can’t really say since I avoid violent movies in general. That includes Tarantino who in my opinion treats violence like a joke. No thank you.

          • ZhyKitty

            I have really enjoyed some of his stories over the years, and what makes them so good is the dialogue. Something about the way he usually manages to insert humor into something that isn’t funny situationally really entertains me.
            For instance, that whole argument in Django where the KKK men are talking about how poor a job one of their wives did on the eye holes in the hoods… the dialogue was just fantastic.
            It’s that sort of thing I go for in his movies, but Hostel didn’t get a chance with me as soon as we saw where the story was going. There was no way to make that entertaining to me.
            I take his films one at a time.

          • Michael Abbett

            Suspense creates fear in an audience, while gore creates disgust, two entirely separate reactions. That’s why so many movies these days are gory. It’s harder to write well enough to freak people out in their own heads than gross them out on the screen.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            We tried to watch that too. Too disgusting.

  • Cousin Bleh

    The Republican presidential debate was scarier than all of these movies.

  • bryan

    Mmmm, Paul Lynde Halloween Special. Thanks, didn’t know of that one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4psTeRpQ-1o

    • Bryan

      This is a piece of comedy magic.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I had never seen it either. Thanks.

    • crewman

      Co-starring Pinky Tuscadero, Betty White, KISS, Tim Conway. I used to love the ensemble cast variety shows/specials they did in the 70s. But the humor back then was so childish. It’s hard to really watch and enjoy for long now, like watching a Gilligan’s Island rerun.

    • Michael Rush

      ” as you know there’s a real scary holiday coming up … election day “

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    • Wow, Margaret Hamilton!

    • Michael Abbett

      I saw it when it first aired just to to see KISS. I was 13. Seriously bizarre. Bruce Vilanch wrote the gags.

    • Cuberly

      Thank you for posting this. And yes I watched the whole thing. (hides head in shame) Loved these as a kid but damn…..they do not age well do they. I forgot how much disco was used all over the place back then.

    • TheManicMechanic

      I saw this the day it aired. I still remember it like it was yesterday.

      (Eldergay powers ACTIVATE!)

  • Bj Lincoln

    I am not a horror film fan. I’ll watch the tame ones while the wife will sit in the dark with the big screen and view the gory ones. We come together for vampire movies.
    Happy Samhain Everyone!

    • ZhyKitty

      You gals loving the new season of American Horror Story?
      It’s the gayest season ever…we’re having such a ball with it!
      (I’m like you and won’t watch most horror, but Big Daddy loves it.)

      Happy Samhain!!!!!

    • ben-andy

      I pitched an idea for a horror movie to Paramount: Nice, seemingly normal couple take in a female foreign exchange student. Student leaves a messy room, which convinces the wife that the student is really a boy. Couple “helps” the girl with testosterone injections and proudly watches as she orders her first Mister Fenis. Paramount rejected it as too horrifying.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    That list is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too tame. I love really good, scare the heck out of me, horror movies.

  • WNY

    30 Days Of Night is pretty creepy

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-QIH87SbNk

    • Gerry Fisher

      Eeexcellent choice!

  • LonelyLiberal

    I’m a fan of good, bad, and indifferent zombie films, so Dawn of the Dead (both versions), and most of the Sci Fi Channel’s terrible zombie offerings.

    Not that I’m against vampires in the slightest, as long as they don’t sparkle.

  • I think The Ruins was the best recent standalone horror film. Everything else is a franchise now, or hoping to be one. The most promising franchise, IMO, is Jeepers Creepers. Halloween/Nightmare/Scream sequels, among others, were overdone. Hopefully good new stuff is out there

    • Michael Abbett

      The two Jeepers Creepers movies were fabulous because the creature was terrifying as hell and you never knew what it was going to do next.

  • PalmSpringsTom

    Thundercrack! 1975. Part porn, part horror flick. One of the worst ever made. And well worth a watch if you can find it.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHTvLlAGUq4

    • Guest

      Thundercrack is what we used to call one of my more gassy cousins!

    • Kevin-in-Honolulu

      Hey Palm Springs Tom – Did Curt McDowell ever make a copy where the audio was even listenable? My ex was obsessed with this film because he knew everybody in it, and would make me watch it, but the audio was always terrible – however, this snippet sounds pretty good.

    • HZ81

      Great, there goes my next Grindr screen name.

    • Jwmvh

      It will be available on Amazon in December.

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  • TreGibbs

    He lost me when he said he didn’t know much about “The Hunger”. Incredible movie…

    • Octavio

      The love scene between Deneuve and Sarandon is epic! The early 80s were a joyous time when I’d meet up with three or more good friends and we’d take in a Wednesday matinee. The Hunger impressed us very much. 🙂

      • William

        The worst part of that movie is the ending. Like so many others, it is completely different than the book.

        • Octavio

          Haven’t read the book. But I sort of like the idea they left us with that she was too much woman for just one lover and seemed to have a male and a female interest. Seems like Sarandon in real life just might. 🙂

          • William

            Spoiler Alert!!!
            In the book, Miriam moved to the west coast. Sarah took up residence in a coffin, with all the other not quite lost loves. Also, in the book, Miriam was not technically human.

            The movie ending didn’t make any sense to me.

          • Octavio

            You spoiled me. Want to do it again? 😛

          • William

            What, and have el Squeeze come after me with a stick? I can’t go getting a husband stealing reputation. Again.

      • motordog

        I was obsessed with “The Flower Duet” from Lakmé after seeing that movie…think I’ll go listen to it now…

        • Octavio

          My father, old cranky Meskin./Merkun rancher that he was, LOVED that duet. Hell, he had the whole CD set of the opera in his truck. I hired a couple of women from the Utah Opera Company to sing the duet at his grave side funeral. They did a great job. All of my mother’s mormon relatives complained in person that I forced them to sit outside on a stunningly beautiful and warm October day and listen to opera. Have I mentioned how much I fucking hate mormons lately? I fucking hate the ass wipes. But I love Lakmé. And so did my dad. 🙂

          • William

            Did you ever tell him what the story was, complete with a French accent?

          • Octavio

            Nope. But he knew it was a love song between two women.

      • TreGibbs

        Epic !! Totally – so amazing.

    • William

      Lady Gaga is trying to be Catherine Deneuve/Miriam Blaylock in the new season of American Horror Story, but isn’t pulling it off. She really should have found her own character.

      • ZhyKitty

        I’m still loving this season, as I always do…so much talent on the screen at once. I forgive all the plot holes and messiness every year just because I’m so happy to see the cast come back as new characters in a new story, however twisted or poorly planned out it may be. lol

  • Mark Lewis

    Psycho Beach Party is a good campy thriller, esp. if you’re going to be showing it to a mixed crowd. Graveyard Alive: A Zombie Nurse in Love is adorable, and is another good campy horror for the zombie-lovers out there. If I want to watch a classic horror movie that I know still has some “oomph” to it, then I throw on The Shining in hope that at least one person in the room has never seen it and kill all the light in the house.

  • Captain Jack

    I watch The Passion Of Christ if I want to watch a scary movie….
    Night of the Living Dead is a good one too!

  • Gerry Fisher

    I do love my horror movies, in particular, zombie flicks. (I love the one in which an underwater zombie bites a shark!) That being said, the movie that unnerved me more than any other, I think, is “Silence of the Lambs.” During that final “basement” scene, I was down behind the seat in front of me…I *never* do that!

    Of the movies listed here, I have a fondness for “Serial Mom.”

  • William

    Rosemary’s Baby and Night of the Living Dead are my top favorites.

    Does anyone remember some other bad horror movie filmed in the same house as Night of the Living Dead? I swear I saw it decades ago.

    • SilasMarner

      I watched Rosemary’s Baby once, and only once. And Night if the Living Dead gave me nightmares. Brrrrrrr!

      • William

        Rosemary’s Baby is quite the pick me up. No matter what my problems are, at least I didn’t give birth to the son of Satan!

        • motordog

          “He has his father’s eyes.”

          • William

            I love it when Aunt Bee’s friend Clara/Bertha says, “Hail Satan!” Now we know what was going on when Andy and Opie weren’t around.

          • William

        • fuzzybits

          Once I was sitting with an old friend and his roomates and they mentioned the pregnant woman next door. He was talking about going over and offering a cup of tannis root tea.

          • William

            Tannis anyone?

  • Natty Enquirer

    The Paul Lynde Halloween Special is a tasty nugget of 1970s TV cheese!

  • delk

    I’d pass on all of them for Bride of Frankenstein.

    Some movies age; others ripen. Seen today, Whale’s masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today’s audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia and sacrilege. But you don’t have to deconstruct it to enjoy it; it’s satirical, exciting, funny, and an influential masterpiece of art direction. –Roger Ebert

    http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-bride-of-frankenstein

  • Mark Slade

    For pure campy goodness you can’t go wrong with Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows or the remake of Willard with Crispin Glover and R. Lee Ermey from a few years ago.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    Oh my vishnu, but Matt Baume is gorgeous! Could he get any cuter?

    • Macbill

      And final paragraph, too.

  • SilasMarner

    My all time scary movie is, “The Haunting of Hill House-1963”. Starring Julie Harris, Claire Bloom and Russ Tamblyn. Scared the bejesus out of me.

    • Macbill

      I read the book at 13 (it’s by Shirley M. Jackson), and had to sleep with the hall light on. The movie is great, too.
      “No live organism can continue to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality. Even larks and katydids are supposed by some to dream.
      Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its
      hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and
      might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met
      neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay
      steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked
      there, walked alone.”

      • greenmanTN

        IMO one of the best opening paragraphs in fiction, not just “horror” fiction.

        • Macbill

          ! oh

          • greenmanTN

            Unless it’s repeated at the end, it’s the opening paragraph.

            http://kitwhitfield.blogspot.com/2012/01/first-sentences-haunting-of-hill-house.html

          • Macbill

            Yes, it’s repeated at the end.

          • greenmanTN

            It’s been a while since I read the book so I’d forgotten that. It’s really too bad that with the source material, cast and budget it had, the Haunting remake was such a travesty.

          • Macbill

            I agree. I read the novelette every eight years or so. It’s like a movie for your mind. I’d say it’s my favorite creepy book.

  • motordog

    Some old classics I like: “The Haunting”, “The Black Cat”, “Night of the Demon”, and “The Wicker Man” (though not technically horror…still creepy). Needless to say, I’m referring to the originals when I mention movies that have been remade! The Black Cat in particular is dripping in atmosphere…if you don’t fancy watching it, here’s a cool video mashup someone made of the movie with the Rasputina song “The New Zero” He may not have been ‘pretty’, but Boris Karloff has a strange appeal in this…he was damn fit, that’s for sure. Not surprising, as he worked as a laborer for much of his life (ditch digging and what not).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGkwKHtz0FU&list=RDMQ_Dk1CO0zs&index=11

  • Octavio

    It’s been many, many decades (like 5.5 of them) since spooky/paranormal/haunting/the devil made everyone do it movies frightened me. You sort of have to buy into the idea of ghosts/spirits/satan, etc., which I don’t. The one film that really did disturb me and still has lingering effects was the original Alien. They pacing, blood letting (not to mention the Alien) and general scary shit in that film bothered for months. Good film.

    • motordog

      I don’t know…I’m as atheistic as they come, but I can suspend my disbelief enough to really enjoy a good spooky/paranormal movie. I think some things go deep in to our psyche…maybe even into the primitive part of the brain. Even though I completely discount all things supernatural, I’m still hesitant to go into my creepy, old basement at night! I mean, I’ll GO…but with a bit of that ol’ scary trepidation (even though nothing has EVER happened to lead me to believe anything should happen)…odd, eh? Oh, and I loved Alien, too!

      • Octavio

        I agree. But for me those primitive lizard brain fears are mostly about being eaten alive. 😐

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knights is my favorite.

    • motordog

      Loved Jada in that!

  • William

    Halloween related OT-
    I have seen two reports warning about the danger of the “Invisible Kid” costume. There are concerns about invisible children darting out into traffic.
    I remember when Invisible Pedestrian was a joke costume on Saturday Night Live, from (oooff) 1977. Will costume makers follow up with Johnny Human Torch?

    http://wavy.com/2015/10/21/invisible-costume-raises-safety-concerns/
    http://www.today.com/video/invisible-halloween-bodysuit-costume-raises-concerns-547073091758

    • motordog

      Does seem like a not too good idea for kids…though most trick or treating around here seems to happen in the daytime anymore (boo!). Also, an adult really should supervise any trick or treating, including when they all cross the road.

      • William

        When I was in elementary school, we laughed at the dorks trick or treating before dark.

  • Happy Dance

    Matt needs a little trimming!

  • ZhyKitty

    Every year at this time I break out my two favorite Bradbury books ‘The October Country’ and ‘From The Dust Returned’ and que up ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’. They’re special, because I only break those 3 things out of my collection for the holiday season, the same way one saves their favorite Christmas tales for the Winter Solstice season.
    Each year, as soon as I settle into bed with ‘From The Dust Returned’, my absolute favorite, at the beginning of October, I get that “fall feeling” that smells like burning leaves and a change in the wind, usually before those changes actually happen outside down here. This is my absolute favorite time of year.

    • motordog

      Have you seen “The Halloween Tree”?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Be8vfy2pOcY

      • ZhyKitty

        Seen? I have the book…I didn’t know there was a movie??!?

        Omg, I just saw a preview on youtube. I know how I’ll be spending the next couple of hours. Thank you SO MUCH for the tip!!!!!!

        • motordog

          Oh, try to watch it this Halloween! Sure the book is better, but Ray narrates it himself, and Leonard Nimoy is the voice of Moundshroud!

          • ZhyKitty

            Squeeeee!!!!!! I’m downloading it right now!!!!!

    • William

      I thought I had read everything Ray Bradbury wrote, and haven’t heard of ‘From the Dust Returned’.

      • ZhyKitty

        O.M.G.
        It’s my absolute, close to my heart, favorite.
        The imagery in it is very “inspired by something Addams-family-esque-ish” (speaking of the original cartoon books, not the tv show, which is so cool, as he was friends with Charles Addams, who did the cover art).
        Do not miss out on that very special treat…it’s such a wonderful story…such a breathtaking world to be in…you’ll just LOVE it if you’re already a fan of his work.
        If I could choose any of his stories in any of his books to enter and become a character in, it would be ‘From The Dust Returned’, hands down.

        • William

          Looking at Ray Bradbury’s bibliography, there’s a bunch of newer stuff I
          haven’t read. Some of his books I read nearly 40 years ago. You may
          have sent me down a ‘reading hole’!!

          • ZhyKitty

            LOL!!! Yay!!!!!!
            I hope you will enjoy the reading hole, should you choose to go down it. I have a feeling it’ll be a willing slide before you’re even halfway through ‘From The Dust Returned’.
            I already wonder which character in the book you will see yourself in, or, if imagination still lets you play like a child when you read, which character you’d want most to be.

            I do love that I can come here to JMG and talk about books with other adults. Until I came here, only my twin and our children and I loved and discussed the same books. None of the other people in our lives read for pleasure, which is sad for me, especially since my sister died and the children grew up and moved away. Don’t get me wrong, I love my Big Daddy, but I’ll never discuss characters from a book with him, bless him.

      • ZhyKitty

        This pic does not even begin to do justice to the artwork of the cover, but I just wanted to show you…

        • William

          Okay, now I have to order it. Thanks!

          • ZhyKitty

            You will not be sorry, and I predict that this will become a well word, much favored piece in your collection. Each one of his books is a treasure to me, but this one is special, from the smell of the pages to every single word on them and the movie they come together to show in my mind. It’s always been my favorite.
            I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.
            You’ve already met some of the members of the Elliott family in other pieces of his work, so if you’re already a fan, you’re going to love this. I’m green with envy that you’re about to read it for the first time, and I hope it brings you as much of that delicious, eerie “fall feeling” as it always does me, just as soon as you open it.

  • pablo

    Best campy horror movie is The Raven (1963) with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and a young Jack Nicholson.

    https://youtu.be/GKm7NloL8bA

    • William

      Horror Express, with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and, wait for it…
      Telly Savalas! Bad sci-fi horror at it’s best.

      • motordog

        I remember seeing that as a little kid…I found it really scary! The white eyes with the blood dripping from them…excellent choice!

  • motordog

    I just thought of another excellent Halloween movie…one that is criminally under-rated…”The Lady In White.” Talk about your twist endings!

  • Michael Abbett

    It’s not Halloween to me unless I fit in some original Dark Shadows somewhere, even if it’s just an episode or two. We play one of the old vinyl records they released with music and the cast of the show when the trick-or-treaters come.

    • bdsmjack

      I love you.

      • Michael Abbett

        Mwah!

  • GanymedeRenard

    What about Betelgeuse (sic)? Love it! It’s right there, with Batman Returns! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ic87SfqQAAM

    • Cuberly

      Just watched it, Burton used to have so much fun in his older movies didn’t he.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Agreed.

  • Michael Abbett

    Suspiria, Carnival of Souls, Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, The Haunting (original), Salem’s Lot and Black Sunday or basically anything else with Barbara Steele would be on my list as well.

    • fuzzybits

      Yay,Carnival Of Souls!

  • Cuberly

    Tend to like the monster movies more than the slasher ones. The old Hammer films are a fave. Christopher Lee was an awesome scary Dracula. Atmospheric and full of chills.

    As I have a thing for Paul Naschy, his werewolf movies are always fun & sexy.

    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518f3ibyOOL._SY445_.jpg

    American Werewolf in London and The Howling, very scary, seen them a million times and they’re still scary as hell.

  • Michael Abbett

    Watching Satan’s School for Girls right now and thought of this thread. Pretty campy, and it has not one but two Charlie’s Angels in it. Fabulous!

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