6 Scarily Queer Halloween Movies to Stream This Month

These horror classics are to die for.

It’s that time of year again to bust out your favorite horror movies. Here are six spooky classics for the season that also happen to be queer AF.

  1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)

    A Halloween classic, the sequel to A Nightmare on Elm Street stands out for its exploration of queer self-loathing. Jesse (out actor Mark Patton) sees a monster when he looks in the mirror, and he’s haunted by death whenever he tries to act on his desires. The film sheds light on the very real fear queer people can have when discovering their sexuality.

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 is available on Amazon.

  2. Thelma (2017)

    This Norwegian film follows Thelma, a college freshman, after she moves away from her conservative Christian family and finds that strange things happen whenever she gets near her female classmate, Anja. Although the film is very queer, it manages to navigate around the popular “Kill Your Gays” trope that so many similar films include.

    Thelma is available on Hulu.

  3. Hellbent (2004)

    Hellbent is one of the first queer horror films to break out into the mainstream. It follows a group of gay friends out in West Hollywood on Halloween while a killer—a hunky scythe-wielding maniac in workout tights and a devil mask—hunts for his next victim.

    Hellbent is available on Amazon.

  4. Seed of Chucky (2004)

    Did you know that Don Mancini, creator of the Child’s Play movies about a killer resurrected as a doll, is gay? This follow-up to 1998’s Bride of Chucky embraces its twisted sense of humor as Chucky (Brad Dourif) and love interest Tiffany (Jennifer Tilly) learn they have a child, Glen (Billy Boyd), who flirts between genders. It has all the campy horror and suspense Chucky fans expect, but Seed of Chucky is probably the queerest of the franchise.

    Seed of Chucky is available on Amazon.

  5. Jennifer’s Body (2009)

    Ah, Jennifer’s Body, a film that was arguably ahead of its time. Starring Megan Fox as the title character, it’s told from the perspective of her best friend, Needy (Amanda Seyfried). After Jennifer is killed by a rock band as a sacrifice to the Devil, she’s resurrected as a boy-killing succubus. The film acts as an allegory of teenage girlhood, and the sexual tension between Jennifer and Needy—including a makeout session—only adds to the film’s queer tone.

    Jennifer’s Body is available on HBO.

  6. The Babadook (2014)

    A true Halloween classic, The Babadook was everywhere last summer. Many people know it through memes celebrating him as an unlikely queer icon, the Babadook is actually a terrifying monster haunting a young son and his mother. The film is a must-watch this time of year, even if it’s just an excuse to get Babashook all over again.

    The Babadook is available on Amazon.

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