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Unintentionally Gay Horror Movies: Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal. (2012) – VIDEO

Eddie the sleepwaling cannibalDirector Ira Sachs brings us the latest in the “bromantic unintentionally gay horror genre” with his latest dark comedy, Eddie the Sleepwalking Cannibal

Thure Lindhardt is Lars, a former darling of the art scene who takes a teaching job at a tiny college in some remote, snow capped Candian town after falling on hard times. One of Lars’ new students is Eddie, a mute and big and beefy hulk of a man, who has been left homeless by a recent death. When his boss convinces Lars to take Eddie in (the film posits that he does so to impress a girl, but we know that’s not true), Lars discovers the guy is a sleepwalker, a homicidal one. The sight of Eddie’s first kill (of a wild) is horrifying but also strangely enthralling, and it inspires Lars’ best painting in years. Soon Lars is pushing Eddie to make deeper cuts to the town’s already tiny population, all for the name of art. In the process though, the two men develop a sweet and loving relationship that is makes this film at its heart a bromance between two men who don’t even realize they are falling in love. Plus, you know, there’s the bonus of gory cannibalism, a takedown of the pretentious art world, and beefy Eddie in his tighty whities hunting small town bigots in the dead of night. The director, Boris Rodriguez, calls the film “playfully malicious;” add the phrase “subtextually gay” and you got Eddie in a nutshell.

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  1. I saw this movie based on reading this article. I liked it, but there wasn’t anything remotely gay in this movie. Bromantic, sure, but trying to assess their interactions as gay is wishful thinking.

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