Boys were threatened by a gay-vague menace quite often during the 1970s, in The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972), Burnt Offerings (1976), and Salem's Lot (1979). During the 1980s, Harley Cross made a career of playing them.
In 1986, at the age of eight, Harley played a boy kidnapped (along with his sister) by a gay-vague psychopath in Where are the Children?, an adaption of the Mary Higgins Clark thriller.
Psychiatrist Cal Jamison (Martin Sheen) goes to New York to investigate a rash of child murders and gradually comes to realize that the cult has targeted his nine-year son Chris (Harley). Not to worry; after the requisite falling-in-love montage establishes that Cal is heterosexual, he rescues Chris and destroys the cult. And manages it all without a single moment of buddy-bonding.
Jaws) and the "queer" loose-cannon Tate (Adam Baldwin). Travis plays the two against each other, inducing Cohen to feel paternal sympathy and try to protect him from the increasingly violent Tate. Cohen ends up killing himself to avoid having to kill the boy.
In Interstate 84 (2000), Harley got to become the queer threat, the villainous Freddy who harasses idiot savant Hap (Joel Garland).