Sep 24, 2013
Dream Boy: Good Old Boys and Ghosts in Love
That's the plot of every gay coming of age movie ever made, including several on my list of 10 Gay Movies I Loved and 10 Gay Movies I Hated.
Dad tries to control Nathan's life, and feels threatened by his new relationship.
Roy's closeted buddy Burke (Randy Wayne, below) wanted Roy for himself, and feels threatened by his new relationship.
Nathan leaves home to escape from the abuse; Dad threatens to find him.
He moves in with Roy; Burke fumes.
The supernatural takes over, with omens, spirits, and chants. Spoiler alert: Burke, maybe channelling Nathan's father or Satan or both, rapes Nathan, then murders him.
Yes, the sweet, innocent gay guy dies. But not because he's gay. That's very important.
After the funeral, Roy sees Nathan on the school bus, smiling at him. Maybe he's a ghost. Maybe, Christlike, he's risen from the dead. Maybe he never died at all, and the camping trip and aftermath was all a dream. The ending is ambiguous.
Maximillian Roeg (left), who is actually British, not Good Old Boy, has a few more screen roles, including the thriller Maneater (2009).
Randy Wayne is the biggest star of the group, and the only one who has specified a sexual identity: he's "straight but not narrow."