Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (also known as Revenge of the Living Dead, Things from the Dead, and Zreaks) is a 1972 comedic horror film directed by Bob Clark which later became a cult classic. It also has the dubious honor of being the first USA horror movie with gay characters, abet stereotypical ones but still.
The story focuses on a theatre troupe who travel by boat to a small island off the coast of Miami that is mainly used as a cemetery for deranged criminals, to have a night of fun and games. Their director Alan (Alan Ormsby), a twisted, sadistic individual, tells his group — whom he refers as his “children” — numerous stories relating to the island’s history and buried inhabitants. He leads them to a cottage, where they are supposed to spend the night. He then opens a chest they have brought with him, puts on a mystical robe and prepares them for a summation at midnight, with threats of firing them if they do not do as he pleases. At midnight, using a grimoire, Alan begins a ritual to raise the dead after digging up the body of a man named Orville Dunworth (Seth Sklarey). Though the original intent of the ritual may have been just a joke, Alan appears disappointed that nothing happens. Or did it?
Shot in 14 days on a budget of $50,000 the second true zombie movie after Night of the Living Dead and cult classic: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
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We all know there is a HUGE selection of LGBT themed films out there available to watch. Many are recent while some began to come into mainstream media in the 1990’s.
But is it possible that the first film ever to showcase a gay couple was made over a 100 years ago?
The answer is yes.
A few years ago the UCLA Film and Television Archives discovered a film that was produced in 1919 Germany. During that time in Germany, a Social Democratic government came into power allowing long-standing censorship laws to be lifted. Acting quickly, filmmaker Richard Oswald joined with psychiatrist and gay-rights pioneer Magnus Hirschfeld to write and produce the first gay centered film.
Different From The Otherswas a 90 minute film centered around a famous violinist and his male student. This was a drama that showed a love affair between the two men. Although the film did not show any sex, it is very clear in the film that the two men were in love. Unfortunately, the film suffered many vicious attacks from the right-wing press calling Oswald a “perverted Jew”.
The complete physical copy of the film was lost except for 40 minutes that Hirschfeld edited into a 1926 documentary about tolerance.
As part of the preservation, the gay and lesbian film festival, Outfest, partnered with UCLA Film and Television Archives has reassembled those 40 minutes based on Oswald’s screenplay.
“To use the term ‘restore’ would be wrong,” says Jan-Christopher Horak, director of the archives. “There’s not enough footage for a real restoration. But what we have put together allows people to experience the remarkable culture that existed in Berlin in the 1920s, which was wiped out, of course, by the Nazis. As far as I know, this is the earliest document we have of gays and lesbians being represented on-screen.”
This is an incredible piece of LGBT history. This may be the first example of LGBT people being depicted in film. This also may be one of the first steps towards the fight for LGBT equality.
Released in released in 1919 and starring Conrad Veidt and Reinhold Schünzel. you can watch scenes from Different From Others below:
“How is this still going on? How is Hollywood excluding us but stealing our narratives as well?Leguizamo posted.“No more appropriation Hollywood and streamers! Plus seriously difficult story to tell without aggrandizement which would b wrong! I don’t got a prob with Franco but he ain’t Latino!“
But not everyone feels that way including Castro’s daughter Alina Fernández, who told Deadline she supports Franco playing her father in “Alina of Cuba. “James Franco has an obvious physical resemblance with Fidel Castro, besides his skills and charisma,” she told the publication, “I find the selection of the cast amazing.”
As for Leguziamo all he had to do was look at Wikipedia to see that Franco’s father was of Portuguese (from Madeira) and Swedish ancestry, And while he is there John can look himself up and see that he has played drag queens, gay men. and a French midget in Moulin Rouge.
Set in the 1970s, Uncle Frank is a road movie about a gay man who confronts his past.
Written and directed by the Six Feet Under and True Blood creator, the film, set in 1973, follows teenager Beth Bledsoe (Sophia Lillis) as she departs her rural Southern town to study at New York University, where her Uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) teaches literature.
Beth soon learns that Frank is gay and living with his partner Walid “Wally” Nadeem (Peter Macdissi). Afterward, a death in the family forces the trio to take a road trip back home and confront past trauma.
Uncle Frank also stars Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, with Margo Martindale and Stephen Root. It premieres November 25 on Amazon Prime.
(ACT UP) – AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power was not only prevalent in America but was also an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs) during the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives.
The French movie BPM (Beats Per Minute) follows a group of Paris ACT Up activists battling for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions.. Many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group’s radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough.
Next to the United States, France has the highest number of AIDS cases and deaths.
BPM won the Grand Prix at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and is France’s official Oscar® entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
London Road,is an adaptation of the award-winning National Theatre production about the arrest of Steve Wright, an Ipswich man who was convicted of murdering five sex workers in 2008. Rufus Norris’s film uses the dialogue from the real townsfolk who were interviewed by author Alecky Blythe as they came to terms with the fact that a serial killer had been living in their community. The movie is written in verbatim style, meaning the spoken text is reproduced by the performers exactly as recorded in interviews, in this case conducted by Blythe with the residents of London Road and some of the women who worked as prostitutes there, as well as members of the media who gathered in the area to report the news. The lyrics in the musical segments are similarly derived from the interviews as recorded, with the meter, pitch and rhythm of the music following the patterns of the original recorded speech as closely as possible.
Produced by the National Theatre, BBC Films and Cuba Pictures, the movie features Tom Hardy and Olivia Colman in roles of Mark, a taxi driver and Julie, the organizer of Ipswich´s Neighborhood Watch.
The international espionage (and real -life) film The Interview has been released on-line and in certain Theatres. In the film Dave Skylark (James Franco) sits down for a chat with Eminem who reveals all his homophobic lyrics over the years have just been a way for him to cope with the fact that he’s gay.
Kirk Cameron (whose been on his knees more than any KKKristian out there) has taken to Facebook to beg his lemming “fans” to boost the putrid reviews of his new “Saving Christmas” movie at Rotten Tomatoes by posting false reviews and scores.
“Send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see!” Cameron posted. “If 2,000 of you (out of almost 2 million on this page) take a minute to rate Saving Christmas, it will give the film a huge boost and more will see it as a result!”
Critics have panned Cameron’s movie with Alonso Duralde of The Wrap writing: Had “Saving Christmas” run any longer, Cameron would no doubt have found a way to find the divinity in Frosty, Rudolph, the Grinch, peppermint bark, the Elf on the Shelf, frosted cranberry hand soap and Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo. And Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com calling Saving Christmas “Perhaps the only Christmas movie I can think of, especially of the religious-themed variety, that seems to flat-out endorse materialism, greed and outright gluttony.”
Kirk Cameron: The Nickleback of evangelical Christianity.