Gay Horror Short – MONSTER MASH

Carrie White meets Regan MacNeil at a gay bar on Halloween night and they head back to Regan’s for an All Hallow’s Eve hook up.

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Okay, let me elaborate on the plot because no, this isn’t a modern/indie reimagining of our beloved horror classics. Instead, it’s a fun short film about two gay boys attending a Halloween bash, dressed as the iconic horror ladies, who meet by chance and decide to end the night together. But this one Halloween night stand proves to be something more for both of them once they discover their shared interests for horror and the macabre.

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This short film is essentially a gay horror fan’s fantasy. The reason so many of us lgbtq nerds connect so quickly online and through cons or screenings is because, more often than not, we don’t have a gay horror community in our own hometowns. It’s not normal to find fellow gay horror fans populating our gay bars and we have an even harder time finding a nerd that’s also boyfriend material. To watch such an encounter play out on film was like seeing a long-held dream of mine; of finding that compatible cute, funny, Halloween obsessed, horror-loving homo.

Not that I don’t absolutely love my Halloween-passive, horror-intolerant fiance… he makes up for it in other ways. Wink wink.

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Watching Regan and Carrie lay in bed and talk about their favorite horror flicks and their serial killers of choice was a simple, yet perfect ode to gay horror nerd culture. A love letter to us queer fear fans. And we have Mark Pariselli, who wrote and directed, to thank for this. A queer genre filmmaker, he captured gay horror culture in a nutshell, all equal parts nerdom, sexuality, morbidity, and ridiculousness.

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The two leads were great in their roles, easily believable as young, somewhat outcast gay men in comparison to the more “normal, mainstream” gay community out there. It was refreshing to see a film, though subtly, pointing out how difficult it can be growing up a big gay geek. Forcing yourself to attend the bars alone in a push to socialize. Handling the judgy looks from other homos. Trying not to embarrass yourself when encountering another cute nerd by chance. The boys, Eric Rich and Geoff Stevens, help Pariselli depict gay nerd life in a realistic and relatable way.

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Currently, the short film is still making its way through film festivals. Most recently, it was shown at The Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and at Inside Out (Toronto). You can view the trailer below, or click the link to see where else this insanely good short film has played.

Stay spooky, kiddos!

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