Category Archives: GLBT Film

“BLURRED LINES”— Opening a World

“BLURRED LINES”

Opening a World

Amos Lassen

 Janik (Emil von Schönfels) and Samu (Mekyas Mulugeta) are best friends and have been for years. After passing their exams, the two want to go to Istanbul. Janik’s parents (Nicole Marishka and Godehard Giese) do not mind and Samu’s Mother Irene (Katharina Behrens) doesn’t really take care of their son. In fact, Samu has to take care of her. Shortly before their plans to go to Istanbul, something happens to their friendship.

It remains unclear if the two men’s relationship is homoerotic. When their friendship suffers a break, things begin to change. The movie focuses on spontaneous men’s dances on the street and dangerous side of spontaneous friendliness. Director İlker Çatak looks at migration, identity and family structures in history during a summer adventure.

Even though Janik and Samu share a tight bond, they come from different worlds. Janik’s parents are responsible and somewhat uptight. Samu comes from a broken home. The two teens seem to want what the other has. While Samuel looks for order and discipline, Janik seeks out chaos in his day-to-day life. When an incident puts their relationship in jeopardy, they decide to leave Germany and set off on a long-planned trip to Istanbul. While there, they enjoy their freedom, try out a new life and figure out the true depths of their friendship. This is a modern take on the bonds that develop between young men and a look at a profound male friendship.

We see the special incredibly narrow friendship between Janik and Samuel, in which there are always erotic moments. Social origin does not play an essential role, although  both boys have to deal with their parents and their roots.

 

“THE PERFECT DAVID”— Coming-of-Age

“THE PERFECT DAVID”

Coming-of-Age

Amos Lassen

After a workout, David (Mauricio di Yorio), a young bodybuilder, reluctantly poses for his mother Juana (Umbra Colombo) and she runs her fingers across his chest and shoulders, looking at spots for improvement. Juana’s examinations of her son’s body are treated with a detached calculation and when she later measures David, she finds a one-centimeter difference between his shoulders that to her is a striking flaw.

Juana is an artist and uses David to craft a “perfect” physique to use as a model for her latest sculptural creation. David is put on a strict training regime including early morning workouts, a diet requiring him to eat in the middle of the night and take supplemental pills to increase his strength. Although Juana assures David that his progress is almost complete, his motivation becomes less and less and his training interferes in his personal life. After events including an unsuccessful sexual encounter and a violent episode that leads to his suspension from school, David becomes more and more obsessed with sculpting his body into something that is totally unhealthy. He is surrounded by intense pressures and driven to extreme measures and faces consequences and unexpected revelations.

The themes of art, bodies, and obsession are everywhere. The physical, mental, and emotional toll on David’s health and self-esteem is evident all of the time and the relationship between mother and son is a strange psychological dimensionthat is guided by artist and subject. Juana sees David not as her son, but a body to be used as a clay to mold to her artistic desires. We see David’s life torn apart by steroids, hormonal rage, and bad relationships. The film ends with a clash  with everything that came before.

Director Felipe Gomez Aparicio tells the story of a young man’s journey of self-discovery through intense pressures by family and society to look and act in a certain way and a character study of a troubled teen bodybuilder.

David’s sexuality is being shaped by others to fit an ideal. In a twist, we understand the horror of why David’s mother is so obsessive about her son’s physique. David is only starting out in the world of bodybuilding, yet it seems that he’s already burnt out and drained psychologically and exhausted physically.

“NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE”— Being a Queer Kid

“NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE”

Being a Queer Kid

Amos Lassen

“As any mother or father will tell you, when it comes to parenting, there’s no right way to do it! Discover the highs and lows of being a queer kid in a straight family and vice versa in these six moving short films from Germany, Bulgaria, Israel, China and the United Kingdom.”

 

SAMIRA dir. Charlotte Rolfes

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Format: Short Film (17 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch

​​FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Janosch, an interpreter, is called to help during a police deployment at the Port of Hamburg. A young African woman has barricaded herself in a container ship and threatens to commit suicide. In order to get her out, Janosch promises to help her, an offer which bears unexpected consequences.

PRIDE (Чect) dir. Pavel Vesnakov

Country: Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian
Format: Short Film (30 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch

​​FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

​Manol – a retired general, a loving grandfather – is a patriarch of firm morals and fixed beliefs, which he has upheld in his household. But on this day he learns that the boy he raised is gay. The life choices of his loved ones challenge his values in a battle he has lost by default.

LOST & FOUND dir. Nizan Lotem & Lior Haen

Country: Israel
Language: Hebrew
Format: Short Film (8 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch​

FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

A boy loses his mobile phone which is then found by a stranger. When the pair meet at the park, at first the stranger asks for a reward for finding it, but it soon becomes apparent that he wants more than what the boy is prepared to give.

CHAOS TOAD dir. Carlos Lopes

Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
Format: Short Film (8 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch

​​FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Stuck living as a full-time carer for his distant mother, Andy receives a surprise intervention from his fabulous imaginary childhood friend, Arabella Sparkle. On a mission to bring light into Andy’s dingy existence, Arabella soon finds out that this is no mean feat!

 

SUNKEN PLUM (沉李) dir. Roberto F. Canuto, Xu Xiaoxi

Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Format: Short Film (20 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch

​​FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Li Wanying’s night goes from bad to worse when, after her latest cabaret performance is ridiculed, she receives news of her mother’s death. As the only ‘son’, she feels obligated to return to her birthplace, even though she’ll have to hide her true self from family and friends.

 

ESCAPING GRAVITY (Fliehkraft) dir. Benjamin Teske

Country: Germany
Language: Deutsch
Format: Short Film (23 mins)
​​Available subtitles: English, Deutsch

​​FEATURED IN: NEW QUEER VISIONS: PARENTAL GUIDANCE

Mother and father Marion and Ludwig welcome back their only child into the funfair fold with open arms. Probably because they know that this time things will be different. As family ties reach breaking point, for Marion, time is running out…

“ON THE FRINGE OF WILD”— A Romance

“ON THE FRINGE OF WILD”

A Romance

Amos Lassen

Set in the early 2000s, “On the Fringe of Wild” is the story of two young men who fall in love. Peter (Harrison Browne) is a sensitive and shy teen who has dreams of leaving his small Ontario town to become an artist, but his homophobic father (Andrew Bee) is determined to “make him a man” instead. During winter break, his father forces him to go on a hunting trip which becomes very tense and cause Peter to run away.  Lost, cold and near his breaking point, Peter meets Jack (Cameron Stewart) also wants to escape his family situation. A romance quickly develops between the two teens. They hide away in a secluded cabin and find each other and themselves. However, the world outside eventually pulls them back and they must face the very circumstances that causes them to run away.

Peter and Jack wrestle with their sexuality, mental health, and the toxic family dynamics that threaten to drive them apart. While love does not win, they grow to accept themselves as members of the LGBTQ+ community.

​Written by Sorelle Doucet, the film opens with a scene of high school bullying of Peter who is dealing with a terrible home situation. He is intimidated by his parents. His mother, however, tries unsuccessfully to talk sense into her homophobic husband but he is one who yells a lot. He thinks he can “toughen up” his son by roughing it out in the woods and hunting. In another home, Jack is tormented by his drinker of a dad. The high school bully, another character  has his own sexuality issues, sadistic inclinations and a miserable mother. 


When Peter and Jack manage to escape from their dads and meet each other in the woods, they warm up to each other. A cabin becomes the place where they spend some time together.

Director Emma Catalfamo’s film is both inspiring and uncomfortable to watch but it is also important for us to once again see the intolerance that exists in the world.

QUEERX FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP

QUEERX FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES LINEUP, LAUNCHES 24/7 LIVE TV CHANNEL FOR SCREENING AND VOTING AHEAD OF QUEERX FILM FESTIVAL AWARDS 

 The 2021 QueerX Film Festival brings together original content from LGBTQ creators, inclusive of all identities and perspectives. QueerX is at the nexus of the quickly evolving digital music and film industries. 

As a part of the festival Revry, the only LGBTQ-first streaming media network, will presentQueerX TV–a free always-on  TV channel throughout the month of October that will host all of the festival’s “Official Selections” including international LGBTQ documentaries, dramas, comedies and music videos. The channel launched on September 7th  and audiences have the opportunity to screen all the selections and vote, in real time, on their category favorites.The audience will vote via QR codes that appear on the screen of the QueerX TV channel.

“The festival gives a platform to queer voices across the amazingly talented spectrum that is the LGBTQ community,” shares Revry CEO and Co-Founder, Damian Pelliccione. “We want to continue to create a sense of community and belonging tied to our shared experiences. One where artists, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can connect and uplift each other from a community and industry perspective.”   

Key Festival Highlights include:

·         September 7th- October 31st: QueerX TV Presented by Lexus premiered on Revry and viewers can screen all the festival selections and vote for their favorite selections from the Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Feature and Music Video categories until September 30th. 

·         October 11th: On National Coming Out Day, the QueerX Live! Virtual Awards show will stream live on Revry with musical performances, special screenings of the winning films, as well as Revry’s annual honoring of influential celebrities who have made an impact on the community with the 2021 Revry Visibility Awards. 

QueerX is proud to have Lexus as its Grand Sponsor. This year’s travel partner is The Florida Keys/Key West. This year’s media partners include; The Advocate, Out, Pride, Plus,Out Traveler, and Queerty. Key community partner Black Women Lead has also signed on for the festival.

Upcoming announcements include: Virtual music performances as well as Visibility Award Winners. Past awardees, industry participants, and sponsors include Tyler Oakley, Gigi Gorgeous, Dan Reynolds, LoveLoud, Tegan and Sara, Hannah Hart, Ari Fitz, Bebe Zahara Benet, Amber’s Closet, Viacom, EOne, IFC, Funny or Die, Brian Graden Media, Seed&Spark, Adaptive Studios and Powderkeg Media. 

QueerX 2020 Official Selections Program Includes 

 

COMEDY

99 (Dir. Safi Jafri)

Beauty Boys Dir. Florent Gouelou)

Candis For President (Dir. Michelle Peerali)

Delivery Boy (Dir. Hugo Kenzo)

Demonhuntr Episodes 1-3 (Dir. Tim O’Leary)

Friends Like That (Dir. Francesca de Fusco)

Hell No (Dir. Teddy Alexis Rodriguez)

in[APP]licable (Dir. Cam Owen)

Mountain Lodge 

New Flesh for the Old Ceremony (Dir. Elizabeth Rakhilkina)

Pete Can’t Play Basketball

Puss

Show For Ghosts (James Medley, Em Haverty)

Supreme (Dir. Youssef Youssef)

The Fae (Dir. Shelton Lindsay, Nessa Norich)

The Safety Plan (Dir. Jesse Randall)

Eat the Rainbow (Dir. Brian Benson)

Sweater (Dir. Nick Borenstein)

Flex

Four FruitBites

DOCUMENTARIES

Being Sascha (Dir. Manuel Gübeli)

Dani Boi (Dir. TBC)

êmîcêtôsêt-Many Bloodlines (Dir. Theola Ross)

Gracefully

I Live Here (Dir. Shane Watson)

I’ll Cry Tomorrow 

Imperial 

Inferno (Dir. Andrew Blackman)

Is It Me 

Look Up! (Dir.Monty Wolfe) 

Marielle and Monica (Dir. Fábio Erdos)

My Neighbor, Miguel (Dir. Danny Navarro)

My Own Wings (Dr. Katia Repina and Carla Moral)

Once a Fury (Dir. Jacqueline Rhodes)

Proud to Be (Dir. Sam Meneses, Kyra Knox)

Queer-bomb

Sensorium (Dir. Elliot Mercer)

Surviving Voices – The Substance Use & Recovery Community

Sweet Sweet Kink: A Collection of BDSM Stories

Taiwan Pride for the World

Through the Windows (Dir. Bret Parker, Petey Barma)

To Love and Back (Dir. Jakov Sedlar)

Venture Out 

We are the Radical Monarchs (Dir. Linda Goldstein Knowlton)

We Will Be Heard 

What Do You See

Where My Girls 

Of self-blessing

Stephen & James: Best Girlfriends (Dir. Dave Quantic)

Zero to Eighty (Dir. Patrick Ryan Gass)

Dennis: The Man Who Legalized Cannabis (Dir. Brandon Moore)

Transblack 

Between Two Lines

We Dig!

Park View (Dir. Tab Ballis)

DRAMA 

75 Cents (Dir. Safi Jafri)

Afternoon Sun (Dir. Gonçalo Pina)

ÃH (Dir. Alex El Dahdah)

Aimee Victoria (Dir. Chrystee Pharris)

Amor Sangue Dor (Love Blood Pain)

Aye, Boy 

Bakla (Dir. Brandon English and Michael Thór)

Deviant (Dir. Benjamin Howard)

Disciple (Dir. Sebastian LaCause)

Dogana/Chapti 

Edible (Dir. Kandis Golden)

Exchange 

First Love (Dir. Florent Gouelou)

First Position. (Dir. Michael Elias Thomas)

Flood (Dir. Joseph Amenta)

Freed (Dir. Josza Anjembe)

Glances (Dir. Aleksei Borovikov)

Hugo 6 : 30 (Dir. Simon Helloco, James Maciver)

Iftah (Dir. Moti Rachamim)

In Case of Fire (Dir. Tomás Paula Marques)

In the Paint (Dir. Bryce Ferendo)

Juliet (Dir. Irina Storozhenko)

MC Jess (Dir. Carla Villa-Lobos) 

Mino: A Diasporic Myth (Dir. Ashunda Norris)

Origami 

Our Bed Is Green

Parry Riposte (Dir. Goldbloom Micomonaco)

Riot

Save the Queen (Dir. Levin Hübner)

Simone is gone (Dir. Mathilde Chavanne)

Sisak

Smoke, Lilies and Jade (Dir. Deondray and Quincy LeNear Gossfield)

Teddy Mate (Dir. Rommel Villa)

The Change Up (Dir. Jordan Auten)

The One You Never Forget 

They/Them

Thirst Trap (Dir. Steve Flavin)

To Take a Step with You (Dir. Martin Del Carpio)

Together Again 

Top Ten Places to Visit in São Paulo

Two Men by the Sea (Dir. Gabriel Motta)

Where do the sounds go (Dir. Florent Gouëlou)

Funeral March 

Coming Out

Fernanda’s Spring

Tell-by Date

The Heirs

I Bleed

FEATURE

Trade (Dir. Trae Briers)

Unwelcome Advances (Dir. Ricardo Alvarado)

Don Filipo (Dir. Tim Munoz)

Apricot Groves

MUSIC VIDEO

Be My Light 

Colours (Dir. Amandine Navarro)

Cymbol ‘Best Friends’ 

Happy in Hell (Dir. Saalika Khan)

Here We Stand (Dir. Paco Beltrán)

Left for Dead (Dir. Tab Ballis)

Lights, Camera, Action [Official Music Video] (Dir. Maya Table)

Live It Up (Dir. Sabrina Petrini and Naemi Jaworowski)

Livin’ in the Light (Dir. Hannah Hefner and Emmanuel Henreid)

Please Boy (Dir. John Tancredi)

Sarah Mary Chadwick “Full Mood” (Dir. Tristan Scott-Behrends)

Waiting by Racquel

We Can’t Breathe (Dir. Miranda Winters, Rocky Romano)

High Road No. 6

Walking Progress

About QueerX

Originally founded as Out Web Fest in 2016, QueerX broke the mold of other festivals by giving prominence to honest and unfiltered digital short-form storytelling. Beyond screenings, this unique festival also invites cutting edge musicians to showcase their sound through live performances including panels with top industry experts, providing ample opportunity to meet future collaborators and build professional relationships. QueerX aims to create a space where artists, industry professionals and enthusiasts alike can connect while exploring the future of queer entertainment.

About Revry

Revry is the LGBTQ-first streaming media network with free live TV, movies, series, news and exclusive Original programming amounting to over 5,000 titles. Its mission is to inspire exploration of LGBTQ content for the community and allies. Revry is led by a diverse founding team with technology, digital media, and LGBTQ advocacy experience. Revry reaches millions of global viewers on connected TV, Smart TV, OTT and mobile platforms including Samsung, Vizio, Roku, Apple, Comcast Xfinity, Cox Communications, Google,TiVo, and many others.

“BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES”— Older and Wiser

“BOY CULTURE: THE SERIES”

Older and Wiser

Amos Lassen

Director Q. Allan Brocka co-wrote (with Philip Pierce) the screenplay for his 2006 film adaptation of Matthew Rettenmund’s 1995 novel “Boy Culture,” and it was brilliantly successful.


“Boy Culture,” the series, respects the source material without simply telling the same story. In the time frame of the series it’s been ten years since X, the narrator and main character, (Derek Magyar) is living happily ever after with Andrew (Darryl Stephens). But now the two have recently broken up, and, because of economic reasons, X is still living in the house he shared with Andrew.

 X has returned to hustling. He is now in his 30s and not the hustler he once was, picking up pointers from a twenty-something pimp called Chayce (Jason Caceres). Some of Chayce’s instruction has to do with the realities of the modern world; it’s now possible for escorts to get paid via PayPal, for instance, or to show themselves on Only Fans and Instagram. Chayce is more than just a pimp, he’s a salesman, and he knows what people want. 

Chayce sends X off on a series of wild assignations. The six episodes of the series take place at bachelor parties, cosplay hookups, and an outcall to the home of two lovely ladies who enjoy gay porn.  The characters are older and wiser. X is now more empathetic than before, and is now more exposed, more available, and physically bigger. Keep your eyes out for this new series.

“GYPSY 83”— An Outsider Road Picture

“GYPSY 83”

An Outsider Road Picture

Amos Lassen

Todd Stephens’ “Gypsy 83” is an outsider road picture and“coming of age” story. Sara Rue stars as Gypsy, a chubby aspiring rock star and Stevie Nicks fan who leaves Sandusky, Ohio, with her gay goth pal, Clive (Kett Turton) to drive up to a New York City gay bar’s annual “Night Of 1000 Stevie’s” look-alike contest. Along the way, they meet a succession of Middle Americans who’ve learned to live with compromised dreams.

Gypsy and Clive overreact to every perceived slight and it is a stretch to imagine Rue trying to become a rock star by imitating Stevie Nicks at a drag show.

Despite being set in 2001, both characters are very much trapped in the Eighties. They worship Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and Clive’s room is adorned with posters of The Cure and Morrissey. Rather than this being an act of youthful defiance and rebellion, Gypsy’s father is shown having been in a semi-successful band in the Eighties. In the opening scenes, Gypsy walks through the car park at work, people she passes being hilariously shocked at her ‘outrageous’ image.

After reading about a club night in New York, they see it as a chance to escape Ohio and pursue their dreams. What follows is a cinematic road trip that clearly considers itself to be an important milestone in the coming-of-age genre. Along the way, they learn profound lessons.

The film tries desperately hard to convince us Gypsy and Clive are beautiful misunderstood souls trapped in a sea of mediocrity, but they simply come across as posers.

Writer/Director Todd Stephens shows no dramatic flair, either in charge of a pen or a camera. The two leads do a convincing job with the material they’re given, but when said material is this sloppy, who cares?

Set in 1983, Gypsy is not all that different from most girls her age except that she has a good voice and a song to sing. Clive is 18, and is a pretty and skinny boy who wears all the Goth dresses foppish Goth. He’s a happy kid who adores his best friend and wants to see her dreams come true. He wants to find a handsome guy who will love him for who he is.

Clive firmly believes Gypsy has one hell of a good chance of winning. He convinces her to pack up her car and take him along as they drive East toward semi-fame. Along the way meet cult goddess Karen Black as lounge chanteuse Bambi LaBeau, performing nightly at the High-Ball Cocktail Lounge, which is just another pitstop on the road to The Big Apple for the travelers. But Bambi is even more weary in her life than the travelers and convinces the two kids to come to her house after a show, where the sadness of a misspent life is seen. Clive gets her out of there before it’s too late and they hustle off down the road, doing their best to rediscover their confidence in themselves and their dreams.

Later, when Gypsy and Clive come face-to-face with their own sexuality, the film becomes one of self-discovery. “Gypsy 83” is an enjoyable little drama and a nice little slice of what it was like to grow up in the 80’s.

“BLITZED”— A Club in London

“BLITZED”

A Club in London

Amos Lassen

Out of one small London venue called The Blitz came a generation of outrageous teenagers, working class and art school kids, who defined the look, sound, style and attitude of the ’80s and beyond.

Directed by Bruce Ashley and Michael Donald, Blitzed! is an exploration of the emergence and legacy Tuesdays at London’s Blitz club, hosted by Steve Strange and Rusty Egan who were at the beginning of one the defining post-punk British youth culture movements of the 1980s, the New Romantics. 

Film and photographs from back then along with interviews with those who were there, like musicians Boy George, Marilyn, Gary Kemp, Midge Ure, and Andy Polaris, writer and broadcaster Robert Elms, DJ Princess Julia, fashion designer Darla-Jane Gilroy, and costume designer Michele Clapton, we get an intimate look at a period in time.

The film sets the scene of the cultural and social context of post-war London of the late 70s.It was a time of National Front marches, massive strikes that culminated in the Winter of Discontent of 78-79, the beginnings of Thatcherite austerity, and the communal living of squats.

The Blitz kids created the future they wanted for themselves. They were united by their love for David Bowie. 

Blitz had a strict door policy and created an intimate, inclusive, protected space for people to express themselves and demonstrate creativity. It was an underground music and fashion scene that went on to inspire the mainstream.  We also see the darker side of the nightlife scene with the drugs but it doesn’t dwell on that and focuses on the Blitz as a sanctuary and playground for creativity and expression. The detail and stories in and out of this moment in and time are compelling.

“DEATH DROP GORGEOUS”— Two Roommates and a Serial Killer

“DEATH DROP GORGEOUS”

Two Roommates and a Serial Killer

Amos Lassen

 Two roommates are looking for hookups at a gay club in Providence. What they do not know is that a serial killer is on the loose who finds his victims through an app called Poundr. This is a slasher film with panache and gore that is somewhere between satire and comedy.

Dwayne (Wayne Gonsalves) is a dejected bartender and his friend, Gloria Hole (Michael McAdam) is an ageing drag queen. They both try and survive in the dark underbelly of the nightclub scene.

From the opening of a partially obscured man opening up Poundr, we get a parody of dating app Grindr, to its first kill just three minutes in. Directors Michael J. Ahern and Christopher Dalpe make sure that this is neither a melodrama, nor a blood and guts film. It’s a gore-filled romp through the directors’ hometown club scene that is both a murder mystery and an offbeat comedy.

It is total “camp”. Every element is over-the-top and the main cast, most of whom are either drag queens from the actual Providence drag scene or first time actors, play their roles with off-the-walls levels of energy. The interactions between the club owner Tony Two Fingers (Brandon Perras), his leather-clad Pup (Ryan Miller), and the queens give us plenty John Waters-style.

Dwayne was recently dumped by his boyfriend and now is looking for solace in Providence’s small club scene with his best friend Brian (Christopher Dalpe). With Dwayne return to the clubs, grisly deaths begin.

Behind the stage lights, blood, and guts is a real discussion about issues in gay hookup culture. The pervasive theme throughout the film is prejudices that are disguised as preferences in dating, jobs, or friendships. An example happens during the first big drag show where Brian and Dwayne are both mocked by Brian’s potential Poundr hookup reflecting the real phenomenon on Grindr that sees people put their “preferences”. Gloria Hole’s near blacklisting from the local drag scene because she’s no longer seen as a hot shows how older people in the LGBTQ community are ignored. It’s a commentary on how certain qualities are fetishized while others are seen as undesirable and those considered undesirable are looked down upon.

“Death Drop Gorgeous” is a fun movie that brings relevant social commentary between deaths and drag performances. It is also a throwback to early slashers but filled  with pertinent and relevant issues in the LGBTQ community.of the LGBT community in Providence. Club owner Tony Two Fingers (Brandon Perras) enlists the help of crooked Detectives Barry and O’Hara (Sean Murphy and Michael J. Ahern respectively) to prevent what is happening from making the news. 

Even though one of the best kill scenes comes early on and will no doubt become the staple of the film, there’s also plenty of fun to be had throughout the rest of the film along with some great practical effects.

The real heart of the film is in the characters – both in terms of the way they are written and their performances. There isn’t a bad performance among the cast. Embracing the slasher vibe (while also pausing to critique some of the more ridiculous elements), we can see this as a homage film.

THE SIXTH REEL— “Life is short. Film is forever”

“THE SIXTH REEL”

“Life is short. Film is forever”

Amos Lassen

When a close friend dies, a long-thought lost final reel of a classic Tod Browning horror film is found. Jimmy (Charles Busch) and his friends each make up underhanded schemes involving false romances and drag personas to make money on a big sale of the film.

Jimmy is a Hollywood-obsessed New Yorker and a member of a community of movie memorabilia collectors. The story is very funny and turns camp into art. It is a bit strange to see Busch dressed as a man but we get used to it. Jimmy cannot afford his rent-controlled Manhattan apartment that the landlord is trying to evict him.

He spends most of his time visiting several old friends who are dying. When the last ones dies, Jimmy sorts through the dead man’s apartment. There has always been a rumor that the lost final reel of a classic Tod Browning horror film is there.Each of the other characters schemes to get their hands on this ‘sixth reel’ so they can get rich quick.  

When Busch finally dresses in drag to retrieve the film that he had, things get to be fun.