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FAGGOTS & SWITCHBLADES

by Matt Burgess
I’m bored and depressed with today’s gay image of marriage, adopted babies and content bourgeoise living. Blandly masculine, domestic and inoffensive is the new gay stereotype and I can’t relate anymore. This list is a tribute to tough queer thugs with switchblades, bisexual hustlers, sissy villains, killer drag queens and true outcasts, films that got me through my years as a sexually confused teen. I’ve also included some (occasionally offensive) homo horror for the hell of it. LIST BY GENRE/TYPE: SURREAL, BALLS-OUT HOMOEROTIC ART: Fireworks (Anger, 1947) **** Un Chant D’Amout (Genet, 1950) **** Blow Job (Warhol, 1963) Flaming Creatures… Read more

I’m bored and depressed with today’s gay image of marriage, adopted babies and content bourgeoise living. Blandly masculine, domestic and inoffensive is the new gay stereotype and I can’t relate anymore. This list is a tribute to tough queer thugs with switchblades, bisexual hustlers, sissy villains, killer drag queens and true outcasts, films that got me through my years as a sexually confused teen. I’ve also included some (occasionally offensive) homo horror for the hell of it.

LIST BY GENRE/TYPE:

SURREAL, BALLS-OUT HOMOEROTIC ART:

Fireworks (Anger, 1947) ****
Un Chant D’Amout (Genet, 1950) ****
Blow Job (Warhol, 1963)
Flaming Creatures (Smith, 1963)
Scorpio Rising (Anger, 1964) ****
Theorem (Pasolini, 1968) ****
Lonesome Cowboys (Warhol, 1968)
Sticks & Stones (Lopresto, 1970)
Song of the Loon (Herbert, 1970)
Pink Narcissus (Bidgood, 1971) *
Sebastiane (Jarman, 1976)
Jubilee (Jarman, 1978) *
Querelle (Fassbinder, 1982) *
*
Tetsuo, the Iron Man (Tsukamoto, 1989) *
*
Poison (Haynes, 1991)
Bear (McQueen, 1993)
Sissy Boy Slap Party (Maddin, 1995)
Beau Travial (Denis, 1999)

GRITTY, COMING-OF-AGE STORIES:

Vapors (Milligan, 1963)
Fleshpot On 42nd Street (Milligan, 1973)
L’Homme Blesse (Chereau, 1983) *
No Skin Off My Ass (LaBruce, 1991)
Totally Fucked Up (Araki, 1993)
Head On (Kokkinos, 1998) *
O Fantasma (Rodrigues, 2000)
Bully (Clark, 2001) *
*
Ken Park (Clark, 2002) ****

FAG OUTLAWS, SADISTS, CRIMINALS, PSYCHOS & MURDERERS:

Rope (Hitchcock, 1948) *
Suddenly, Last Summer (Mankiewicz, 1959) *
*
The Leather Boys (Furie, 1964)
Django Kill… If You Live, Shoot! (Questi, 1967)
Bloody Mama (Corman, 1970)
Fortune & Men’s Eyes (Hart, 1971)
Pink Angels (Brown, 1971)
Tenderness of the Wolves (Lommel, 1973)
Cannibal Man (Iglesia, 1973)
Satan’s Children (Wiezycki, 1975)
Bruce Lee Versus Gay Power (Stuart, 1975)
Salo or 120 Days of Sodom (Pasolini, 1975) *
Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1977) ****
Short Eyes (Young, 1977) *
Rape! 13th Hour (Hasebe, 1977)
Cruising (Friedkin, 1980) ****
The Fan (Bianchi, 1981) *
Night Warning (Asher, 1983) *

In A Glass Cage (Villaronga, 1987) *
Temptation Of The Mask (Sato, 1987)
Muscle (Sato, 1989)
Bondage Ecstasy (Sato, 1989)
The Living End (Araki, 1992) ****
Frisk (Verow, 1995)
All Night Long 2: Atrocity (Matsumura, 1995)
Hunters’ Sense Of Touch (Sato, 1995)
Gonin (Ishii, 1995)
Killer Condom (Walz, 1996)
99.9 (Villaronga, 1997)
Criminal Lovers (Ozon, 1999) *
Burnt Money (Pineyro, 2000)
El Mar (Villaronga, 2000)
The Raspberry Reich (LaBruce, 2004)
Hellbent (Etheredge, 2004) *

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A (Miike, 2006)
Cannibal (Dora, 2006)
Bugcrush (Smith, 2006) ****

HETEROFLEXIBLES, BISEXUALS, ANDROGYNY, KILLER DRAG QUEENS/TRANS:

Glen or Glenda? (Wood, 1953) ****
Black Lizard (Fukasaku, 1968)
Funeral Parade of Roses (Matsumoto, 1969) ****
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (Meyer, 1970) *
Myra Breckinridge (Sarne, 1970)
Pink Flamingos (Waters, 1972) ****
Score (Metzger, 1974) *
Female Trouble (Waters, 1974) *
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sherman, 1975) *
Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus (Gainsbourg, 1976) *
In A Year With 13 Moons (Fassbinder, 1978) *
Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983) ****
The Fourth Man (Verhoeven, 1983)
Sonny Boy (Carroll, 1989)
The Doom Generation (Araki, 1995) ****
Crash (Cronenberg, 1996) *
Nowhere (Araki, 1997) ****
Velvet Goldmine (Haynes, 1998) ****
Kaboom (Araki, 2010) *

HUSTLERS & STREET PUNKS:
Flesh (Morrissey, 1968) *
Trash (Morrissey, 1970) *
*
Heat (Morrissey, 1972) *
*
Fox & His Friends (Fassbinder, 1975) *
*
Taxi Zum Klo (Ripploh, 1980)
Loads (McDowell, 1980)
Forty Deuce (Morrissey, 1982)
Taxi Nach Kairo (Ripploh, 1987)
Hustler White (LaBruce, 1996)
Mandragora (Grodecki, 1997)
Speedway Junky (Perry, 1999)
L.I.E. (Cuesta, 2001) *

The Fluffer (Glatzer etc. 2001) *
Endgame (Wicks, 2001)
Mysterious Skin (Araki, 2004) *
**

XXX:

Bijou (Poole, 1972)
LA Plays Itself (Halsted, 1972)
Sex Garage (Halsted, 1972)
Thundercrack! (McDowell, 1975)
Both Ways (Douglas, 1975)
Falconhead (Zen, 1975) ****
Do Me Evil (Ross, 1975)
Destroying Angel (DeRome, 1976)

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