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HALLOWEEN COUNTDOWN – WATCH: Family Member Vincent Price Reads Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” – [VIDEO]

In case anyone is wondering how Vincent Price fits into Back2Stonewall.  According to the book Full Service: My Adventures in Hollywood and the Secret Sex Lives of the Stars by Scotty Bowers, Vincent had a very happy marriage to his wife British actress Coral Browne not only for love but also for coverage for both their careers sake.

Also in her book,“Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography ‘ Victoria Price explored the many facets and secrets of her famous father.

“He married a bisexual woman [Browne] and everybody assumed their marriage was a fraud,” offered Price. “It wasn’t a fraud. It was a totally sexual relationship but they were two people with very open minded approaches as to what life should look like. And that to me – people who lived this truth in all aspects of their lives – they should be heroes to every community.”

“Everybody asks me was your dad bisexual?”  said Price. But not in the strictest sense of the word according to his daughter. “It was Roddy McDowall who said to me, you know, we didn’t have any idea what bisexuality meant in that sense, and if we didn’t know, then how can we know the answer to that question.”

“But I would like to say something here because I might as well,” she continued. “I am as close to certain as I can be that my dad had physically intimate relationships with men. I know for 100 percent fact that my dad was completely loving and supportive of LGBT people.”

Price recalls her father’s 1977 one-man-show where he played the openly gay Oscar Wilde to great acclaim and rebuffed the anti gay Anita Bryant efforts of the day. In television interviews, Vincent Price said Wilde had already written a play about Ms. Bryant:  A Woman of No Importance.

Happy HOMO-ween! – “A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” THE GAYEST HORROR MOVIE EVER!

Nightmare on elm street 2 jesse is gay

 

In a nutshell the story of “Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge” is as follows

A male teenager named Jesse who’s a high school wrestler moves into the house where a lot of the original “Nightmare On Elm Street” took place with his family and he gets Nancy’s old room. In her closet, (and his) he finds her diary containing her secrets about the nightmares she had. He soon has the revelation he’s having the same dreams as Nancy and runs to his parents screaming that he’s ” becoming NANCY” and his parents don’t believe him and then get mad at him.

This is bizarrely as subtle as this movie gets.

From there Jesse’s S&M gym teacher stares at him working out only to later run into him in a gay leather bar  (Don’t ask me how or why there is a leather bar in Springdale) ) and they end up in back in the school gym where the teacher ends up getting snapped with wet towels and attacked by his own (basket) balls.

We also have Jesse’s “Risky Business” dance scene where Jesse bumps, grinds and holds a phallic like object in front of his crotch while wearing the gayest 80’s sunglasses ever and then we have his “bromance” (And lets be honest this was the 80’s and it wasn’t a “bromance” it was a “brokeback-nance”) with his best friend that has such gayly suggestive lines as:

Jesse:  “Something is trying to get inside my body.”
Grady:  “And you want to sleep with me?”

And in a somewhat unsurprising (after watching his performance) and ironic twist Mark Patton, who plays Jesse, was a living as a closeted gay man during that film’s production and now refer’s to himself as the “First Male Scream Queen” (Although I am sure that Roddy McDowell would beg to differ.)

All in all NES2FR is the gayest unintentional horror movie EVER!  Or was it intentional?  Conflicting stories muddle this point.

Well whatever its worth a watch for Homoween. Hell, it  even even has Hope Lange, TV’s Ghost and Mrs. Muir, playing Jesse’s mom!

 

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker & Kathy Najimy to Reunite for the 25th Anniversary of 'Hocus Pocus'!

It’s Here!! – Back2Stonewall’s Halloween Countdown: ” I Put A Spell On You” from the 1993 Movie “Hocus Pocus”

It's Coming! - Back2Stonewall's Halloween Countdown: " I Put A Spell On You" from the 1993 Movie "Hocus Pocus"

 

Lets face it.  Halloween is really the gayest, fabulash and best of all holidays!  Halloween street events in gay villages Key West, Florida, Christopher Street in New York, Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood and the Castro in San Francisco have evolved from informal parades into Mardi Gras-like events with “drinking and dancing and carrying on in the streets.

Everyday from now until Halloween Back2Stonewall.com will bring you some of the best Halloween clips out there from funny to scary to downright GAY!

And since we just mentioned GAY lets start off with Bette Midler, Kathy Najimi and Carrie Bradshaw Sarah Jessica Parker performing  “I Put a Spell On You” from the “Hocus Pocus.”

 

 

“Hocus Pocus” Trivia:

* When Bette Midler takes the stage at the town Halloween Party, she says “Hello Salem, my name is Winifred. What’s yours?”. This is a take-off of the famous line, “Hello world, my name is Rose, what’s yours?” that is spoken by Mama Rose in the musical “Gypsy”. Midler played Mama Rose in the television version, Gypsy (1993), the same year this film was released.

* Rosie O’Donnell was originally offered the role of Mary Sanderson, but it was ultimately given to Kathy Najimy. O’Donnell claims on her blog that she turned down the offer to work with the Divine Miss M because she didn’t want to be a “scary witch”.

*  A child wearing a Michael Myers Mask and Clown Suit was seen out the front of the “Devils” house.

*  In this film, Sarah Jessica Parker plays a witch who was executed during the Salem Witch Trials in the late 1600s. While researching her family history for the show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (2004), Parker was shocked to discover that her 10th great-grandmother Esther Elwell was arrested in Salem in the late 1600s for committing “sundry acts of witchcraft” and choking a neighbour to death. Esther’s case never went to court, she escaped with her life and the accusation ended the Salem Witch Trials. Parker said: “It has changed everything about who I thought I was.”

Gay History - December 28, 1888: Famous German Director F. W. Murnau (Nosferatu) is Born

WATCH: The 1922 Film Classic NOSFERATU And Learn About Gay German Film Director F.W. Murnau (HD VIDEO)

Gay men have always had a great influence in early and modern horror.  The silent film classic Nosferatu (1922)  is F.W. Murnau’s chilling and eerie adaption of Bram Stoker’s Dracula is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is the most striking and frightening portrayal of the fictional(?) vampire legend.

F. W. Murnau. Born Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe in 1888, he whiled away his youth like any budding gay boy, reading Henrik Ibsen, Shakespeare and Friedrich Nietzsche. Then came World War I. and he found his niche in the German army, first volunteering as an officer in the elite 1st Guard Infantry Regiment

After the war, in 1919, he directed his first film, The Boy in Blue . It’s said Murnau was inspired by the Thomas Gainsborough portrait, Blue Boy , and Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray.

Although his directorial career lasted only 12 years, his achievements within that time—emblematic works of both the Weimar German Expressionist period and the last gasp of Hollywood’s silent era—changed the medium forever and remain influential to this day.

Murnau’s homosexuality, would have been more or less accepted in his Berlin artistic circles of the day. Germany, indeed, was one of the gay-friendlier spots in the world until the Nazis took power. Murnau, who unlike James Whale was never quite “out,” may have seen the writing on the wall: the gays’ idyll of freedom couldn’t last — the shadows were creeping in. (Hitler became leader of the Nazi Party the year before Murnau’s film was released.) Nosferatu can be taken as a double-edged commentary on the rise of murderous intolerance and the moblike view of the Other — gays, Jews, gypsies — as diseased vermin to be exterminated. The plague of hatred created its own “plague” to hate.

Murnau emigrated to Hollywood in 1926, where he joined the Fox Studio and made three films: Sunrise (1927), 4 Devils (1928) and City Girl (1930). The first of these three is widely regarded as one of the greatest films ever made.

Murnau’s final film, “Tabu” (1931) was a  collaboration with documentarian Robert Flaherty.  Each frame is alive to the beauty of the Tahitian locale, as well as the native, near-nude actors. , Murnau didn’t live to see the film’s release. On his way to the film’s premiere in New York, he was killed in a car accident in Santa Barbara. The car was driven by his 14-year-old Filipino manservant, and salacious rumor had it that the accident was caused by Murnau giving the boy oral sex at the time of the crash.

The story of F. W. Murnau’s life and death gets even stranger after died. In 2015 German news outlets reported that grave robbers opened a metal coffin to access the filmmaker’s embalmed body in Stahnsdorf, Germany and stole the head of the late great director.  The nearby graves of his two brothers were not disturbed and authorities  reported that wax residue had been found near the grave, pointing to a possible occult connection.

F. W. Murnau’s head has never been found.

Enjoy the movie!

WATCH "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) Remastered in High Definition – 3 More Days Till Halloween

NOTLD follows Ben (Duane Jones), Barbra (Judith ODea), and five others, who are trapped in a rural farmhouse in Pennsylvania and attempt to survive the night while the house is being attacked by mysteriously reanimated ghouls. (The word “zombie” is never used in the film)

NOTLD premiered on October 1, 1968, and was made on a $114,000 budget. After decades of cinematic re-releases, it grossed some $12 million domestically and $30 million internationally. The movie was was heavily criticized during its release because of its explicit content and similarities to the ongoing Vietnam war. However, it eventually received critical acclaim and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry as a film deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.

“The kids in the audience were stunned There was almost complete silence The movie had stopped being delightfully scary about halfway through, and had become unexpectedly terrifying” – Roger Ebert. 

Watch the 1962 Horror Classic "Carnival of Souls" – 11 Days Till Halloween!

“Carnival of Souls” was shot largely in Lawrence, Kansas, and Salt lake city Utah on a budget of reportedly $30,000 (however, some sources claim the budget was actually $17,000) and during a three-week span. Playing mostly to the drive-in circuit, Carnival of Souls didn’t generate a great deal of interest in its initial release. Nevertheless, the film has since proven to be groundbreaking and influential. Few of the cast members from Carnival of Souls were professional actors, but the real stars here are Harvey’s direction and the film’s mood and atmosphere. Screenwriter John Clifford’s premise of Carnival of Souls, about a woman caught between life and death, was pretty heady stuff for a low-budget early 1960s movie.

If you haven’t seen it is a must watch for any horror or movie junkie

Halloween Countdown: FIRST LOOK At The Cast of The The American Version "Being Human" To Debut On The SyFy Channel – 17 Days And Counting

Here’s the first press photo of the SyFy Channel’s remake of the BBC hit series Being Human remake. With  Sam Witwer (sitting) has signed on to play the vampire Aidan in the remake,  Meaghan Rath had signed to play the ghost Molly with Sam Huntington close to a deal to play the werewolf Josh. 

Molly and Josh?  Oh, this is going to SUCK SO BADLY