Jun 21, 2014
Two Zombie Movies with Gay Characters
You would think that surviving the Apocalypse would leave little time for hetero-romance, but there always is one.
And no gay people, ever.
Many zombie movies are based on graphic novels with gay characters, but they're always heterosexualized, or their sexual identity is not mentioned at all, which the director explains with the homophobic cliche: "I don't want to tell a gay story. I want to tell a human story."
1. Zombies of Mass Destruction (2009), a parody about a gay couple (Doug Fahl, Cooper Hopkins) and an Iranian woman trapped in small town full of zombies, homophobes, and xenophobes.
3. Stephen King's novel Cell (2006) has a major character, Tom, one of those "lonely confirmed bachelor" stereotypes who assists comic-book writer Clay in his goal of trekking through zombie-invested Maine in search of his son. He never mentions a boyfriend or same-sex desire, and no one says "gay" until halfway through the book, but at least he's a gay character.
The movie version is scheduled to come out later this year, with John Cusack as Clay Samuel L. Jackson as Tom. I'm guessing that they're going to substitute "black" for "gay."
See also: The Postapocalyptic Fade-Out Kiss; and The Walking Dead: Gay People Unwelcome at the End of the World.